Wiener Stadthalle

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Wiener Stadthalle
Stadthalle logo2.png
Wiener Stadthalle Aussen 2008.jpg
Exterior view of the main hall in 2008
Full name Wiener Stadthalle, Betriebs- und Veranstaltungsges.m.b.H.
Location Roland Rainer Platz 1, 1150 Vienna, Austria
Coordinates 48°12′07″N 16°19′58″E / 48.20194°N 16.33278°E / 48.20194; 16.33278Coordinates: 48°12′07″N 16°19′58″E / 48.20194°N 16.33278°E / 48.20194; 16.33278
Owner City of Vienna
Capacity 16,152 (Hall D)
1,482 (Hall E)
2,036 (Hall F)
Surface Versatile
Construction
Built 1953–1958
Opened 1957
1 March 1958 (Hall C)
21 June 1958 (Hall D)
1994 (Hall E)
2006 (Hall F)
Expanded 1974, 1994, 2006
Architect Roland Rainer
Dietrich/Untertrifaller (Hall F)
Tenants
Vienna Ice Revue (1958–1973)
Ice Hockey World Championships (1967, 1977, 1987, 1996, 2005)
Erste Bank Open (1974–present)
Holiday on Ice
2004 European Short Course Swimming Championships
Nestroy Theatre Prize (2013)
Eurovision Song Contest 2015
Website
www.stadthalle.com

Wiener Stadthalle is a multi-use indoor arena and convention center complex located in the 15th district of Vienna, Austria. Austrian architect Roland Rainer designed the hall which and construction occurred from 1953 to 1958. The arena has an overall seating capacity of approximately 16,152 people in the main hall.

The complex houses six venues (each of which can be used separately or combined) and an adjacent swimming pool, two gymnasiums, an indoor ice rink, a small and a large multi-purpose hall and auditorium with a stage. It serves as a venue for a variety of events, including concerts, exhibitions, trade fairs, conferences, lectures, theatre, TV and sport.

The Wiener Stadthalle is a subsidiary of Wien Holding and stages more than 350 events each year that attract around one million visitors.[1] Halls A, B and C, as well as the Stadthallenbad, are managed by the Viennese sports venues corporation GmbH.

Austrian broadcaster ORF announced 6 August 2014, that Stadthalle would be the host venue for the Eurovision Song Contest 2015, following the victory of Conchita Wurst in the 2014 Final in Copenhagen, Denmark.[2] The arena will host the 60th contest in the main hall, with the semi-finals to be held 19 May and 21 May and the final on the night of 23 May 2015.[3]

History of events[edit]

The arena has been site of the annual Erste Bank Open tennis tournament since 1974 and has hosted the ice shows Vienna Ice Revue and Holiday on Ice, the touring horse show Apassionata annually and the circus show Artisten-Tiere-Attraktionen from 1959 to 1995.[4]

The Stadthalle has also hosted a number of sporting events including the 1970 European Athletics Indoor Championships, the 2004 European Short Course Swimming Championships, the 2010 European Men's Handball Championship (will also co-host the upcoming 14th tournament in 2020), the 2011 Men's European Volleyball Championship, the Austrian International open badminton tournament and the Ice Hockey World Championships in 1967, 1977, 1987, 1996 and 2005.

Building[edit]

Map of the Wiener Stadthalle

The complex comprises 6 interconnecting halls: A and B (gymnasiums built in 1957, which can also be used for conferences or lectures), C (indoor ice rink), D (indoor arena, mostly for concerts or sport), E (small multi-purpose hall for smaller events) and F (arena hall for more intimate concerts).

Halls A and B[edit]

Halls A and B were completed in 1957 as a gymnasium and sports hall. Hall A is 18 by 36 metres (59 ft × 118 ft) and 7.6 metres (25 ft) high, whilst Hall B is 30 by 60 metres (98 ft × 197 ft) and 11.8 metres (39 ft) high. Both halls can also be used for conferences or lectures. The basement of Hall A houses training rooms and the lower level of Hall B contains bowling lanes and dressing rooms.

Hall C[edit]

Hall C, completed in 1958, houses an ice rink 30 by 60 by 7.3 metres (98 × 197 × 24 ft) and is operated by Die EisStadthalle.

Hall D[edit]

Completed in 1958, the large multi-purpose main hall is Austria's largest indoor arena. The structure is 98 by 110 metres (322 ft × 361 ft) and has a ridge height of 26.6 metres (87 ft) with a usable floor area measuring 98 by 55.2 by 15.4 metres (322 × 181 × 51 ft). It has a capacity of up to 16,152 depending on the event. The venue has special curtain systems and ground-level stands on the north and south sides of the hall which can be fully closed to divide the hall into several parts. The stage can be up to 600 square metres (6,500 sq ft) and is supported with two VIP rooms, dressing rooms and offices backstage.

Hall E[edit]

The small multi-purpose hall was completed in 1994 and holds up to 1,482. It is 50 by 25 by 4.5 metres (164 × 82 × 15 ft) and is used mainly for exhibitions, conventions and social receptions.

Hall F[edit]

Hall F, behind the city pool (2013)
Nestroy Theatre Prize 2013 in Hall F

Conceived as an arena hall, Hall F was completed in 2006 and holds up to 2,036 visitors in raked theatre seating. It is 68.2 by 73.4 by 12.5 metres (224 × 241 × 41 ft). The hall has a built-in catwalk and an audio and video system. To accommodate visitors, there is a 1,300 square metres (14,000 sq ft) foyer, a connected restaurant with two additional foyers of 400 square metres (4,300 sq ft) and a banquet hall of 300 square metres (3,200 sq ft).

Stadthallbenbad[edit]

Large pool and diving tower (2008)

In 1974, the additional Stadthallenbad and three public swimming pools, were constructed. For the 2004 European Short Course Swimming Championships, the center added a temporary pool of 1,025 square metres (11,030 sq ft).

Past concerts[edit]

Many famous shows and artists have played at the Wiener Stadthalle over the decades, spanning many genres of music:

Upcoming concerts[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wiener Stadthalle, Betriebs- und Veranstaltungsges.m.b.H.". Vienna Convention Bureau. Retrieved 2014-12-24. 
  2. ^ Zarb, Noel. "Host city announcement: We're off to Vienna for Eurovision 2015!". Eurovision 2015 Predictions, Polls, Odds, Rankings - wiwibloggs. Retrieved 2014-12-24. 
  3. ^ "Vienna chosen to host 2015 Eurovision Song Contest". Yahoo! News. Agence France-Presse. 6 August 2014. Retrieved 2014-12-24. 
  4. ^ "Artisten Tiere Attraktionen" [Artists-Animals-Attractions]. circusarchiv.com. Retrieved 2014-12-24. 
  5. ^ "Prince gibt sich in der Stadthalle die Ehre" [Prince honors himself in Stadthalle] (in German). ORF. 7 December 2002. Retrieved 2014-12-24. 
  6. ^ "Robbie Williams heizt heute den Wienerinnen ein" [Robbie Williams warms the Viennese]. ORF news. 13 March 2001. Retrieved 2014-12-24. 
  7. ^ "Mariah Carey - erstmals live in Wien" [Mariah Carey — Live for the first time in Vienna] (Press release) (in German). Wien Holding. 19 October 2003. Retrieved 2014-12-24. 
  8. ^ "Besuch von der Märchentante Britney Spears" [A Visit from Fairy Godmother Britney Spears]. Der Standard. 28 May 2004. Retrieved 2014-12-24. 
  9. ^ "Anastacia Konzert in Stadthalle Wien abgesagt: Sängerin hat Brustkrebs" [Anastacia cancels concert at Stadthalle Vienna: singer has breast cancer]. OBB News (in German). 28 February 2013. Retrieved 2014-12-24. 
  10. ^ "Gwen Stefani rockt in Wien" [Gwen Stefani rocks in Vienna]. Austria.com (in German). 28 March 2007. Retrieved 2014-12-24. 
  11. ^ "Ennio Morricone kommt mit eigenem Orchester nach Wien" [Ennio Morricone comes to Vienna with his own orchestra]. Der Standard. 28 November 2007. Retrieved 2014-12-24. 
  12. ^ "Maroon 5 2007" (Press release). Stadthalle. Retrieved 2014-12-24. 
  13. ^ "Sting to appear in Vienna in November". Austrian Times. 19 May 2010. Retrieved 2014-12-24. 
  14. ^ "Rihanna kommt für ein Konzert in die Wiener Stadthalle" [Rihanna arrives for a concert at the Wiener Stadthalle]. OBB News. 14 November 2012. Retrieved 2014-12-24. 

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