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Arena Market: Austria

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Vienna’s multipurpose Wiener Stadthalle opened in 1958 and remains Austria’s largest arena, hosting more than 300 events a year and attracting about a million visitors. In May and June, Sam Smith, Pentatonix, Herbert Grönemeyer, Hans Zimmer, and The 1975 all played the 16,000-cap Halle D, with Sting, Deep Purple, Helene Fischer, Louis Tomlinson, Björk, and blink-182 among those due in the summer and early autumn. Halle F is there for those with a need for a 2,000-cap room.

At the end of October, the last of approximately 3,000 photovoltaic panels was installed on the roof of Halle D, with the aim of generating 1.1 million kilowatt hours of electricity a year. The Wiener Stadthalle has set itself the goal of generating 100% of the electricity consumed at the site from green sources within the next five years.

The Wiener Stadthalle has set itself the goal of generating 100% of the electricity consumed at the site from green sources within the next five years.

Elsewhere in Vienna, a new state-of-the-art, 20,000-cap arena, provisionally known as the WH-Arena and led by the Wien Holding company, is also planned for the Neu Marx ‘creative city’ regeneration zone. However, after a flurry of publicity around 2020, delays have shifted the likely date to 2026 at the earliest.

Among Austria’s other key arenas is the 14,520-cap Stadthalle in second city Graz – part of the eight-venue Messe Congress Graz complex.

“Both international acts and organisers, as well as local heroes, appreciate our multifunctionality and central position. We also have what is probably the best audience in the world in Graz.”

“Classical concerts and family musicals take place at the same time as rock & roll open-airs, business conferences, and soccer and ice hockey matches,” says Christof Strimitzer, Messe Congress Graz head of marketing and communication.“Both international acts and organisers, as well as local heroes, appreciate our multifunctionality and central position. We also have what is probably the best audience in the world in Graz.”

Also on the map is the 6,700-cap Salzburgarena, whose music shows include September’s Lake Rock Festival, headlined by Bullet For My Valentine.

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