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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|
|Owner||City of Vienna|
|Capacity||16,152 (Hall D)
1,482 (Hall E)
2,036 (Hall F)
1 March 1958 (Hall C)
21 June 1958 (Hall D)
1994 (Hall E)
2006 (Hall F)
|Expanded||1974, 1994, 2006|
Dietrich/Untertrifaller (Hall F)
|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
Wiener Stadthalle is a multi-use indoor arena and convention center complex located in the 15th district of Vienna, Austria. It was designed by Austrian architect Roland Rainer and built from 1953 to 1958. The arena has an overall seating capacity of approximately 16,152 people in the main hall.
The complex comprises a total of 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 a hall with a stage. It serves as a venue for a variety of events, including concerts, exhibitions, trade fairs, conferences, lectures, theatre, TV and sport.
In its legal form, the Wiener Stadthalle is a subsidiary of Wien Holding and stages more than 350 events each year that attract around one million visitors. Halls A, B and C, as well as the Stadthallenbad, are managed by the Viennese sports venues corporation GmbH.
On 6 August 2014, the Stadthalle was chosen by the Austrian broadcaster ORF to be the host venue for the Eurovision Song Contest 2015, following the victory of Conchita Wurst in the 2014 Final in Copenhagen, Denmark. The arena will host the 60th contest in the main hall, with the semi-finals to be held on the 19 May and 21 May and the final on the night of 23 May 2015.
History of events
The arena hosts 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 every year and the circus show Artisten-Tiere-Attraktionen from 1959 to 1995.
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.
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
Halls A and B were completed in 1957 as a gymnasium and sports hall. Hall A is 18 × 36 m tall and 7.6 m high, whilst Hall B is 30 × 60 m and 11.8 m high. Both halls can also be used for conferences or lectures. In the basement of Hall A is training rooms and in Hall B bowling lanes and wardrobes.
Hall C was completed in 1958 as an ice rink and is 30 × 60 m tall and 7.3 m high. It is operated by the company Die EisStadthalle.
The large multi-purpose main hall was completed in 1958 and is Austria's largest indoor arena. It has a size of 98 × 110 m and a ridge height of 26.6 m. The usable floor space measuring 98 × 55.2 m and a height of 15.4 m. It has a capacity of up to 16,152 people and can vary depending on the event. There are special curtain systems and ground-level stands on the north and south sides of the hall which can be fully closed into several parts. The stage can be up to 600 m². Backstage there are two VIP rooms, dressing rooms and offices.
The small multi-purpose hall was completed in 1994 and holds up to 1,482 visitors. It is 50 × 25 m tall and has a height of 4.5 m. It is used mainly for exhibitions, conventions and social receptions and events of all kinds.
Conceived as an arena hall, it was completed in 2006 and holds up to 2,036 visitors on cushioned seats. It is 68.2 × 73.4 m and 12.5 m high. The hall is arranged in ascending order as an arena and has a built-in catwalk. There is event equipment on site and the electro-acoustics is adapted to the room acoustics. For visitors, there is a large foyer 1,300 m² in size and connected restaurant and two foyers of 400 m². In addition, there is a banquet hall which is 300 m² in size.
In 1974, the additional Stadthallenbad, three public swimming pools, were built. For the 2004 European Short Course Swimming Championships a temporary pool of 1,025 m³ was built in the hall.
Many famous shows and artists have played at the Wiener Stadthalle over the decades, spanning many genres of music:
- Alice Cooper stopped at the Wiener Stadthalle on September 7, 1975 during his Welcome to My Nightmare Tour.
- Led Zeppelin played there on June 26, 1980 during their Tour Over Europe 1980.
- Rainbow gave a performance at the venue on October 18, 1977, after which Ritchie Blackmore was arrested for kicking an overzealous bouncer and breaking his jaw. (Although Rainbow never performed there again, Blackmore did, with the reformed Deep Purple, in '85 and '87.).
- ABBA gave a performance at the venue on October 29, 1979, during their ABBA: The Tour.
- Bob Dylan played a few concerts at the Wiener Stadthalle. One on July 21, 1981 during his Bob Dylan World Tour 1981 another one on June 14, 1984 during his Bob Dylan 1984 European Tour, and four during his Never Ending Tour on April 30, 1999 on October 27, 2003 on June 10, 2008 and the last on June 28, 2014.
- Prince stopped three times at the Wiener Stadthalle, first on May 29, and May 30, 1987 during the Sign o' the Times Tour second time on July 13, 2010 as part of his Prince 20Ten Tour and on July 7, 2014.
- Whitney Houston performed four times at the Wiener Stadthalle. Once on June 16, 1988 as part of her Moment of Truth World Tour, second time on October 22 and 23, 1999 during her My Love Is Your Love World Tour and last time on May 19, 2010 while toruing Europe with her Nothing But Love World Tour.
- The American boy band Backstreet Boys performed two concerts at the Wiener Stadthalle. One show on December 19, 1996 as part of their Backstreet Boys: Live in Concert Tour and eighteen years later on July 15, 2014 during their In a World Like This Tour.
- Four times the Wiener Stadthalle was the venue for the German show Wetten dass..?: May 16, 1981, March 22, 1997, December 7, 2002, March 23, 2013.
- Janet Jackson stopped at the Wiener Stadthalle on May 3, 1998 during her Velvet Rope Tour. Another concert on November 18, 2001 as part of her All For You Tour was already on sale, but then cancelled due to the September 11 attacks.
- The Spice Girls played two sold out shows as part of their Spiceworld Tour on May 15 and 16, 1998.
- Robbie Williams performed one sold out show during his The Sermon on the Mount Tour on March 13, 2001 and two sold out shows on April 28 and 29, 2014 as part of his The Swing Tour Live.
- Christina Aguilera played two concerts at the Wiener Stadthalle on October 15, 2003 during her The Stripped Tour and on December 16, 2006 during her Back To Basics Tour.
- Mariah Carey performed one show at Wiener Stadthalle during her Charmbracelet World Tour on October 19, 2003.
- Marilyn Manson has played three concerts at the Wiener Stadthalle, first time on December 12, 2003 as part of his Grotesk Burlesk Tour, second time on November 26, 2007 as part of the Rape of the World Tour and third time on December 8, 2012 together with Rob Zombie as part of the Twins of Evil Tour.
- Britney Spears performed at the Wiener Stadthalle during her Onyx Hotel Tour on May 22, 2004.
- American singer Anastacia played three concerts at the Wiener Stadthalle on October 30, 2004 and on February 15, 2005 during her Live at Last Tour and on January 28, 2015 during her Resurrection World Tour. A show on April 20, 2013 as part of her It's a Man's World Tour was already on sale, but then cancelled due to the fact that she was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time.
- Kylie Minogue played a sold out shows as part of her Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour on March 30, 2005, and one concert on May 14, 2008 during her KylieX2008 Tour.
- Gwen Stefani performed on October 17, 2007 during her marathon The Sweet Escape Tour.
- Ennio Morricone with orchestra, December 12, 2007, and on February 16, 2014.
- Maroon 5 were planned to play one concert at the Wiener Stadthalle on December 14, 2007 during their It Won't Be Soon Before Long Tour, but the show has been cancelled, due to a scheduling conflict.
- Celine Dion played for the first time in Austria at the Wiener Stadthalle on July 1, 2008 during her Taking Chances World Tour.
- Sezen Aksu performed one show on November 29, 2008.
- Sting performed during his Symphonicities Tour on November 5, 2010, along with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
- Katy Perry played once in Vienna on February 27, 2011 as part of her California Dreams Tour and will come back on February 26, 2015 for one show of her Prismatic World Tour.
- Laura Pausini performed one show Sold out on May 6, 2012 as part of this Inedito World Tour.
- Pitbull performed one show on July 4, 2012 as part of his Planet Pit World Tour.
- Lady Gaga played a sold out show on November 11, 2010 during The Monster Ball Tour, as well as a sold out show on August 18, 2012 during The Born This Way Ball Tour. For the third time on November 2, 2014, she will be performing her Artrave: The Artpop Ball. It is the third time Gaga sold-out the arena.
- Muse performed one show on December 8, 2006 during their Black Holes and Revelations Tour and seven years later on November 19, 2013 as part of their The 2nd Law World Tour.
- Justin Bieber played a sold out concert at the Wiener Stadthalle on March 30, 2013 as part of his Believe Tour.
- Queens of the Stone Age performed one concert at the Wiener Stadthalle on July 2, 2013.
- Rihanna performed her first show in Vienna on July 9, 2013 as part of her Diamonds World Tour.
- Michael Bublé performed in Vienna on January 25, 2014 and added another concert on November 5, 2014 as a part of his To Be Loved Tour.
- Justin Timberlake performed twice in Vienna: once on June 4, 2007 as part of his FutureSex/LoveShow, the other one was a sold out concert played in 2014 on June 4 as well, as part of his The 20/20 Experience World Tour.
- Miley Cyrus performed one show on June 10, 2014 as part of her Bangerz Tour.
- Linkin Park performed one concert on November 14, 2014 during their Hunting Party Tour with special quest Of Mice & Men .
- Katy Perry will perform on February 26, 2015, on her Prismatic World Tour.
- Eurovision Song Contest 2015 will take place on 19, 21, and 23 May 2015.
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