Club: FK Austria Wien | Opening: 1982 | Capacity: 13,000 (est. 4,000 standing) – temporarily closed
History and description
Austria Wien did not have a permanent home until the 1960s, moving instead between different grounds and using the large Praterstadion for their important matchs.
In 1967, however, the club changed policy and started looking for a fixed home. They tested various grounds, and in 1973 ended up at a ground that had previously been used by a side of Czech immigrants.
Austria Wien played its first match at the ground, then still called České Srdce, on the 26th of August 1973.
A few months later, Franz Horr, the president of the Vienna Football Association who had extensively lobbied for a new stadium, died and the club and city decided to name the stadium in his honour.
Plans were made for an extensive redevelopment, however these got consistently delayed, which forced Austria to move out again.
It took until 1982 for a first new stand to get built, and on the 22nd of August 1982 Franz-Horr-Stadion officially opened with the Cup final between Austria and Wacker Innsbruck (3-1).
The newly built North Stand complemented an extensively renovated South Stand, and four years later, in 1986, a new covered terrace was opened on the western end of the stadium.
Franz-Horr-Stadion remained unchanged for the next decade until in 1998 a new Main Stand replaced the renovated South Stand.
The stadium underwent a last change in 2008 when a new two-tiered East Stand opened and renovations were performed on the West Stand.
In 2010, Austria reached a naming rights deal with insurance firm Generali, resulting in the new name Generali Arena.
In the summer of 2016, extensive works started to turn the Generali Arena into a modern stadium. The stadium closed for two years, while two new stands get built that will connect and form a whole with the two-tiered East Stand. The Main Stand will remain standing, which will result in a capacity of 17,500 seats. During the works, Austria will play their home games at Ernst Happel Stadion before returning in 2018.
How to get to the Generali Arena
The Generali Arena is located in the south of Vienna at approximately 5.5 kilometres from Vienna’s historic centre and 4 kilometres from the Belvedere palace.
On matchdays there are shuttle buses that run from the Filmteichstraße (south-east of the stadium) to the Generali Arena. There is more parking available around the Filmteichstraße than at the stadium.
If arriving by public transport, first take metro (U-Bahn) U1 to Reumannplatz. Metro U1 can be caught right in Vienna’s historic centre at the Stephansplatz or Karlsplatz. From station Reumannplatz, the last on the line, you can either walk (20 minutes) or take tram 67 in the direction of Oberlaa. Get off at stop Altes Landgut. Bus 68a is an alternative.
From the area of Schönbrunn Castle you can take bus 15a. Take the bus from metro stop Meidling Hauptstraße in the direction of Enkplatz. Get off at stop Altes Landgut.
Address: Fischhofgasse 12, A-1100 Wien
Eat, drink, and sleep near the Generali Arena
The Generali Arena is located in an area which is a mix of houses, apartment flats, office buildings, parks, and other sports facilities. You will be able to find the odd café or fast food outlet close to the stadium, but the options pale in comparison of what can be found in Vienna’s centre.
The are no hotels in the immediate vicinity of the Generali Arena, with the closest options being a 20-minute walk away near metro Reumannplatz or further south near Laaer Berg Kurpark.
Austria Wien Tickets
During the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons, Austria Wien play their home games at Ernst Happel Stadion while the Generali Arena gets rebuilt
Tickets for Austria Wien games can be bought online, at the club office at the Generali Arena (also during the construction works), or at the Wien-Ticket service at the Vienna Opera House (Staatsoper) in the inner city.
Tickets can also be purchased at the ticket windows of Ernst Happel Stadion on the day of the match.
Tickets cost either €15.00 or €22.00. Prices are increased to €20.00 and €28.00 for a few top matches.
Photos of the Generali Arena
Relevant Internet links
Fk-austria.at – Official website of FK Austria Wien.
Generali-arena.generali – Official website of the Generali Arena.
Wien.info – Online travel guide for Vienna.
Wienerlinien.at – Vienna public transport information.