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 (German: [ˈviːnɐ ˈʃtathalə]; English: Viennese City Hall) is a multi-purpose indoor arena and convention center located in the 15th district of Vienna, Austria. Austrian architect Roland Rainer designed the hall which was constructed between 1953 and 1958. The arena has a seating capacity of approximately 16,152 people.
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. Halls A, B and C, as well as the Stadthallenbad, are managed by the Viennese sports venues corporation GmbH.
Austrian broadcaster ORF announced on 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. The arena hosted the 60th contest in the main hall; the semi-finals were held on 19 and 21 May and the grand final was held on the night of 23 May 2015, where Måns Zelmerlöw won the contest for Sweden.
History of events
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.
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.
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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 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, completed in 1958, houses an ice rink 30 by 60 by 7.3 metres (98 ft × 197 ft × 24 ft) and is operated by Die EisStadthalle.
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 ft × 181 ft × 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.
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 ft × 82 ft × 15 ft) and is used mainly for exhibitions, conventions and social receptions.
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 ft × 241 ft × 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).
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).
Many famous shows and artists have played at the Wiener Stadthalle over the decades, spanning many genres of music:
- Alice Cooper performed at the Wiener Stadthalle 7 September 1975, during his Welcome to My Nightmare Tour.
- Led Zeppelin performed June 26, 1980, during its Tour Over Europe 1980.
- Rainbow gave a performance at the venue 18 October 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.).
- Queen gave a concert in 1986 during their "A kind of Magic" Tour at the Wiener Stadthalle.
- ABBA gave a performance at the venue October 29, 1979, during its ABBA: The Tour.
- Bob Dylan played a few concerts at the Wiener Stadthalle. One 21 July 1981, during his Bob Dylan World Tour 1981 another 14 June 1984, during his Bob Dylan 1984 European Tour, and four during his Never Ending Tour 30 April 1999, 27 October 2003, 10 June 2008, and 28 June 2014.
- Prince stopped three times at the Wiener Stadthalle, first 29 and 30 May 1987, during the Sign o' the Times Tour second time 13 July 2010, as part of his Prince 20Ten Tour and finally 7 July 2014.
- Whitney Houston performed four times at the Wiener Stadthalle. The first was 16 June 1988, as part of her Moment of Truth World Tour, second time 22–23 October 1999, during her My Love Is Your Love World Tour. Her last performance was 19 May 2010, while touring Europe with her Nothing But Love World Tour.
- The American boy band Backstreet Boys performed two concerts at the Wiener Stadthalle. One show 19 December 1996 as part of their Backstreet Boys: Live in Concert Tour and eighteen years later, 15 July 2014 during their In a World Like This Tour.
- Wiener Stadthalle was the venue for the German show Wetten dass..? on four occasions: 16 May 1981, 22 March 1997, 7 December 2002 and 23 March 2013.
- Janet Jackson stopped at the Wiener Stadthalle 3 May 1998 during her Velvet Rope Tour. Tickets for another concert 18 November 2001 as part of her All For You Tour were released, but the show was cancelled due to the September 11 attacks.
- The Spice Girls played two sold out shows as part of their Spiceworld Tour 15 and 16 May 1998.
- Robbie Williams performed one sold out show during his The Sermon on the Mount Tour 13 March 2001 and two sold-out shows 28 and 29 April 2014 as part of his The Swing Tour Live.
- Christina Aguilera played two concerts at the Wiener Stadthalle 15 October 2003, during her The Stripped Tour and 16 December 2006, during her Back To Basics Tour.
- Mariah Carey performed one show at Wiener Stadthalle during her Charmbracelet World Tour 19 October 2003.
- Marilyn Manson has played three concerts at the Wiener Stadthalle, the first was 12 December 2003, as part of his Grotesk Burlesk Tour, the second was 26 November 2007, as part of the Rape of the World Tour and third was 8 December 2012, together with Rob Zombie as part of the Twins of Evil Tour.
- Regine Velasquez performed at the Wiener Stadthalle during her Regine Velasquez: European Tour '04 last February 21, 2004.
- Britney Spears performed at the Wiener Stadthalle during her Onyx Hotel Tour 22 May 2004.
- American singer Anastacia played three concerts at the Wiener Stadthalle 30 October 2004 and 15 February 2005 during her Live at Last Tour and on 28 January 2015 as part of her Resurrection World Tour. Tickets for a 20 April 2013 show as part of her It's a Man's World Tour were released, but she canceled the tour due to a recurrence of breast cancer.
- Kylie Minogue played a sold out show as part of her Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour 30 March 2005, and returned 14 May 2008 during her KylieX2008 Tour.
- Gwen Stefani performed 17 October 2007, during her marathon The Sweet Escape Tour.
- Ennio Morricone and orchestra appeared 12 December 2007, and 16 February 2014.
- Maroon 5 was scheduled to play one concert at the Wiener Stadthalle 14 December 2007, during its 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 1 July 2008, during her Taking Chances World Tour.
- Sezen Aksu performed one show 29 November 2008.
- Sting performed during his Symphonicities Tour 5 November 2010, along with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and on April 1, 2015 together with Paul Simon during their On Stage Together Tour.
- Katy Perry played once in Vienna 27 February 2011, as part of her California Dreams Tour and will return 26 February 2015 for one show of her Prismatic World Tour.
- Sade performed her first concert at the Wiener Stadthalle on 25 November 2011, as part of her Sade Live Tour.
- Laura Pausini performed one sold-out show 6 May 2012, as part of this Inedito World Tour.
- Pitbull performed one show 4 July 2012, during his Planet Pit World Tour.
- Lady Gaga played a sold-out show 11 November 2010, during The Monster Ball Tour, as well as a sold out show 18 August 2012, during The Born This Way Ball Tour. She returned 2 November 2014, to perform her Artrave: The Artpop Ball for a third sell-out show.
- Muse performed one show 8 December 2006, during its Black Holes and Revelations Tour, one on 19 November 2013, on its The 2nd Law World Tour and one on 9 May 2016 as part of their Drones World Tour.
- Justin Bieber played a sold-out concert at the Wiener Stadthalle 30 March 2013, during his Believe Tour.
- Queens of the Stone Age performed one concert at the Wiener Stadthalle 2 July 2013.
- Rihanna performed her first show in Vienna 9 July 2013, as part of her Diamonds World Tour.
- Michael Bublé performed in Vienna 25 January 2014, and added another concert 5 November 2014, as a part of his To Be Loved Tour.
- Justin Timberlake performed twice in Vienna: 4 June 2007, as part of his FutureSex/LoveShow; and a sold-out concert 4 June 2014, as part of his The 20/20 Experience World Tour.
- Miley Cyrus performed one show 10 June 2014, as part of her Bangerz Tour.
- Linkin Park performed one concert 14 November 2014, during its The Hunting Party Tour with special quest Of Mice & Men.
- Eurovision Song Contest 2015 took place on 19, 21, and 23 May 2015.
- Foo Fighters on 11 November 2015 during their Sonic Highways World Tour.
- Motörhead will perform there on 14 February 2016.
- Pecoraro&Pecoraro on 30 April 2016.
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- "Robbie Williams heizt heute den Wienerinnen ein" [Robbie Williams warms the Viennese]. ORF news. 13 March 2001. Retrieved 2014-12-24.
- "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.
- "Besuch von der Märchentante Britney Spears" [A Visit from Fairy Godmother Britney Spears]. Der Standard. 28 May 2004. Retrieved 2014-12-24.
- "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.
- "Gwen Stefani rockt in Wien" [Gwen Stefani rocks in Vienna]. Austria.com (in German). 28 March 2007. Retrieved 2014-12-24.
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