Arto Tolsa Areena
|2,780 (Covered seats)|
|Clubs||Kotkan Työväen Palloilijat|
|Address||Puistotie 11, 48100 Kotka, Finland|
Arto Tolsa Areena – stadium description
Located centrally on the Kotka island, the stadium is easily accessible to locals and travelling visitors alike. Its history dates back to 1952, when Finland hosted the Olympics. Kotka was one of the football cities, hosting four games at this very stadium. Attendances during those games may have reached 10,000-20,000 people.
Today's stadium is fundamentally different from the old one, having been rebuilt in 2000. It now offers three grandstands, of which the east side is the only uncovered one. On the occasion of the revamp the building was named after Arto Tolsa, one of Finnish football's legends.
In 2015 the stadium received its synthetic football field, as well as a similar 3G training field behind the north end. Interestingly, to this days players don't have changing rooms at the very stadium, they use facilities of the natatorium behind the south goal.