Club: FK Austria Wien | Opening: 1982 | Capacity: 13,000 (est. 4,000 standing)
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.
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.
The stadium lies adjacent to the A23 motorway, which connects with the A4 further north and with the A21 and A2 further south. Leave the A23 at exit Favoriten, at the roundabout follow for Simmering, and then take the first left onto the Fischhofgasse.
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, on 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 one 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
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.
Tickets for Austria Wien games can be bought online, or at the ticket windows of the Generali Arena.
Tickets can also be purchased on the gate on the day of the match. Austria only very occasionally sell out.
Tickets range in price from €18.00 for a seat behind the goal to €25.00 for a seat at the main stand. Prices are increased to between €25.00 and €30.00 for three top matches against Rapid, Salzburg, and Sturm.
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.