Der Nino aus Wien
“Rapid, Rapid, des is mei Mannschaft”, Nino aus Wien sings after he and his bandmates got the permission to perform right in the center of Gerhard Hanappi Stadion – on the lawn. For this festive occassion Nino and PauT (wear scarf and flag of their favourite football club, SK Rapid Wien. The snowfall comes to an end when the Vienna boys go for a foreceful rendition of “Du hast ja recht” from their recent album “Bulbureal”, followed by an a cappella intermezzo called “Nach Hause”. On the stands with a good view on the pitch Der Nino aus Wien then opens with “Zimmer zu vermieten”, before they play the heart-rending “Die letzte Reise” with occasional airplanes passing overhead. However deeply moving and poetic the lyrics of this young and talented songwriter Nino Mandl may be, he is still a bit of a joker. Not only does their performance end with some cooing “Bru bru bru” sounds; Lather that day Der Nino aus Wien pays the mayor of Vienna a visit, still wearing his SK Rapid scarf while the mayor is known to be a supporter of the football rival FK Austria Wien.
Gerhard-Hanappi-Stadion is the 18,000-capacity home stadium of SK Rapid Wien, Austria’s record football champion. Saint Hanappi, as Rapid supporters respectfully and affectionately nickname their stadium, was designed by the former Rapid player and architect Gerhard Hanappi and opened in 1977. After some years of correcting construction problems and sharing the stadium with other teams fans accepted the new home of their club with increasing enthusiasm. Nowadays Rapid home games attract by far the most people compared to all other Austrian top football clubs, and the stadium is called a “cathedral of football” by some. Currently the club and the City of Vienna – who owns the stadium – discuss possibilities of renovation, expansion or even building a new stadium from scratch.