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. 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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]

History of events[edit]

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.[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 × 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[edit]

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.

Hall D[edit]

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.

Hall E[edit]

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.

Hall F[edit]

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

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.

Stadthallbenbad[edit]

Large pool and diving tower (2008)

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.

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 1 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Noel Zarb. "Host city announcement: We're off to Vienna for Eurovision 2015!". Eurovision 2015 Predictions, Polls, Odds, Rankings - wiwibloggs. Retrieved October 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Vienna chosen to host 2015 Eurovision Song Contest". Yahoo News. August 6, 2014. Retrieved October 11, 2014. 
  4. ^ ARTISTEN TIERE ATTRAKTIONEN, circusarchiv.com
  5. ^ "Prince gibt sich in der Stadthalle die Ehre - oesterreich.ORF.at". Retrieved October 11, 2014. 
  6. ^ "- Robbie Williams heizt heute den Wienerinnen ein • NEWS.AT". news.at. Retrieved October 11, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Mariah Carey - erstmals live in Wien". Wien Holding. Retrieved October 11, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Besuch von der Märchentante Britney Spears". derstandard.at. Retrieved October 11, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Anastacia Konzert in Stadthalle Wien abgesagt: Sängerin hat Brustkrebs". vienna.at. Retrieved October 11, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Gwen Stefani rockt in Wien". austria.com. Retrieved October 11, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Ennio Morricone kommt mit eigenem Orchester nach Wien". derstandard.at. Retrieved October 11, 2014. 
  12. ^ Maroon 5 - Stadthalle
  13. ^ "Sting - Symphonicity Tour (with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) - 2010/ 2011/ 2011". Retrieved October 11, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Rihanna kommt für ein Konzert in die Wiener Stadthalle". vienna.at. Retrieved October 11, 2014. 

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