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The coming weeks will show whether LASK will immediately succeed in igniting the turbo in the Raiffeisen Arena. How did the other Bundesliga clubs fare after their stadiums opened? Not all could take advantage.
- Sturm Graz – Champions: In 1997 the new Schwarzenegger Stadium in Graz was opened. And Sturm Graz – previously in the top three three times – immediately won the first championship title in the club’s history. These were the golden years under President Hannes Kartnig, and the championship title was also achieved in the following season. However, the rest of the story is well known. In retrospect, the Graz stadium was probably built a little too early to meet the ever-increasing demand for business and VIP rooms. In contrast to LASK, Sturm Graz is only a tenant.
- Wacker Innsbruck – Champion: In the midst of the great Tyrolean football euphoria, the Tivoli Neu was opened in 2000 for 15,000 spectators. As a tenant of the stadium, Wacker repeated the championship title from the previous season and became champion three times in a row. However, the Tyroleans had overstretched themselves financially. The lights went out in 2002 after missing out on qualifying for the Champions League group stage. The association was dissolved and started again in the lower house.
- Austria Salzburg – Third: When the arena, which is owned by a subsidiary of the Salzburg state company, was built and opened in 2003 with a capacity of 18,000 spectators, there was no talk of Red Bull Salzburg. Austria Salzburg used the positive energy, at least for a short time, and improved from seventh place in the previous season to third place. Two seasons later, club president Rudi QuEhenberger Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz on the takeover.
- Austria Klagenfurt – ninth: Instead of Linz, Klagenfurt was chosen as the venue for the 2008 European Championships in Austria and Switzerland. A year earlier, the 30,000-seat Wörthersee Arena was built. Austria Kärnten, who entered the Bundesliga across the board with FC Pasching’s license, brought no luck with the new arena, which is not owned by the club. After a sixth and a ninth place, there was no license in 2010 for financial reasons, and the club, which also struggled before that, was relegated directly from the Bundesliga to the Regionalliga.
- Rapid Wien – Fifth: Rapid needed some start-up time in 2016 to successfully use the new Allianz Stadium, which has a capacity of 28,000 spectators and is owned by SK Rapid. After three runners-up titles before moving into series, the medium-term goal was the championship title. But it was only places five and three before missing the upper play-off in seventh place in 2018.
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