SK Rapid Wien
Allianz Stadion - Hütteldorf, Vienna
Capacity: 28,345 (24,288 Euro)
Address: Gerhard-Hanappi-Platz 1, 1140 Wien
SK Rapid Wien are a storied club rich with history, tradition, and trophies - albeit the latter has been hard to come by in recent years for the Die Grün-Weißen.
Boasting a record 32 league titles and 14 cups, they are one of a select amount of clubs to have been champions of two countries - Rapid were German champions in 1941 and DFB-Pokal winners in 1938. They have an immense European pedigree too, losing in two European finals against Everton and Paris St. Germain and a European Cup semi-final in 1960/61. What we're trying to say - this is a massive club with a massive support base and has an indelible mark not just on football culture but Viennese culture too. They, of course, partake in one of the great derbies in world football - the Wiener Derby against FK Austria Wien.
The newly-minted Allianz Stadion is the newest stadium in the Austrian Bundesliga with its first game being a friendly against Chelsea in the summer of 2016. The club had played across the city at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion during the exile away from their spiritual home in Hütteldorf. The Allianz Stadion sits directly on the site of their beloved former home the Gerhard-Hanappi-Stadion, with a solitary floodlight being the lasting link between the old ground and the new.
It is commonly said about new stadia that they can be soulless encapsulations of modern football. The new Allianz Stadion somehow blends modernity and the old charms of bygone years in the same arena. It has every hallmark a modern stadium can enjoy, whether you're a player, a VIP, a member of the press (Rapid has the best buffet around), or an ultra in the 8,500 capacity Block West - which might be the best sight in Austrian football during a big game - the Allianz Stadion caters for it. Block West is where the most passionate of Rapid supporters stand and where you can expect superb tifos, atmosphere and pyrotechnics (take a look below to see what we mean). Due to its geographical location in Vienna most Rapid fans call the stadium, the Weststadion.
Rapid Vienna enjoy, by a long way, the highest average attendances in the Austrian Bundesliga. It probably helps to have one of the best stadiums in the league too. This is a must-visit if you're coming to the Austrian capital.
How to get there?
From the centre of Vienna you can hop on the U4 (Green) line until end station Hütteldorf - this is how most fans get to the game and the easiest way. The Hütteldorf S-Bahn station is in the same complex as the U-Bahn and has numerous trains heading into there, but if you're a tourist you probably won't be using this. There's also the 49 tram which services the other side of the Allianz Stadion and goes directly from the Ringstrasse/Volkstheater.
You can buy tickets from the main stand (next to the giant club logo) on match day, but you can expect queues if you plan to do this. For big games, we'd advise buying your tickets a couple weeks in advance online - here's the link: https://www.rapidshop.at/bundesliga.htm