Austrian Football Bundesliga giants, Rapid Vienna, have appointed Stabag as their stadium construction partner, with the new stadium to be built on the existing Gerhard Hanappi stadium (pictured) site.
Stabag’s appointment was approved by the Club’s stadium project team, with their decision based on factors such as: architectural plans, infrastructural issues, quality of atmosphere, and cost.
The Rapid board accepted the project team’s recommendation with six votes in favour and one abstention, which came from Club President, Michael Krammer, whose brother sits on Stabag’s board.
The Club still has a number of issues to overcome before construction of the new stadium can begin, including funding and naming-rights sponsorship. However, Rapid plans to enter into further consultations with representatives of the city, the county, and various authorities over the coming weeks.
Club President, Michael Krammer, said:
Our goal remains to make those decisions that we can influence in the coming weeks and to showcase our stadium project before summer.
We know that we are so far still have no formal planning permission, but as with all new buildings, when all relevant conditions are complied with this procedure should be completed fairly quickly.
This latest development means that May 4 marked Rapid Vienna’s last home game at their current ground, Gerhard Hanappi stadium. The new stadium will be built on the existing site, however its footprint will be rotated by 90 degrees, so that both side stands are west and east of the field instead of the current south/north layout. Capacity will also increase to 24,000 with the potential to grow further, as future demand dictates.