The initial stages of modern stadium construction date far back to ancient Greece origi-nating from the first Olympic Games in the year 776 B.C. In nearly 2.800 years of history in constructing stadiums, the requirements on a modern football stadium have advanced and increased significantly. The Hillsborough catastrophe, which led to the death of 96 people due to mass hysteria, was the formative event regarding high safety standards. Because of this and other incidents, the regulations and safety standards in stadiums and event sites were tighten throughout Europe. The technical construction regulations in building legislation were essentially specified by the six 'basic requirements for buildings' (1. mechanical stability and stability against collapse, 2. fire protection, 3. hygiene, health and environment, 4. safety in use, 5. sound insulation, 6. conservation of energy and thermal insulation) according to the EU construction product regulation. Those originally target-oriented requirements were refined by directives and rules, but due to diversity of legal regimes conflicts and duplication could not always be prevented. Based on design and construction of the Rapid stadium the essential contents of the six basic requirements and the coaction of building legislation and other law matters as well as extensive state of the art regulations and standard procedures will be shown. The construction of a football stadium is exceptional for all participants. At the same time, high safety requirements and complexity of structural design pose a challenge. Selected examples will show how the challenge was met during the construction of the Rapid stadium. When standard solutions for building construction can¿t be applied to stadiums, only approaches from an engineer technical point of view can help to meet up with the target requirements. Finally, the objective was achieved and the stadium was inaugurated on 16.07.2016 with the football game SK Rapid Wien against FC Chelsea.