|15,000 (Covered seats)|
|Construction||12.02.1934 - 06.1938|
|Renovations||1939, 1947-1952, 1953-1956, 1961, 1971, 1991-1994, 1997-1998, 2004-2005, 2011|
|Record attendance||46,127 (Finland - Holland, 31.05.1989)|
|Design||Yrjö Lindegren, Toivo Jäntti|
|Address||Paavo Nurmen tie 1, Töölö, Helsinki|
The Stadion foundation was established already in 1927, planning the development of a true multi-use venue for Helsinki. Yrjö Lindegren and Toivo Jäntti won the design competition foundation carried out and construction began in 1934, ending short before the outbreak of WWII.
As Helsinki had aspirations to hold Olympics, their new stadium was soon expanded and when the city won the 1952 tournament with their bid, stands were temporarily expanded to 70,000 capacity. Soon after the event another changes came, resulting in the stadium’s current external appearance, with large wooden panels and still simple, functionalistic form.
Apart from Finland national team’s games, HJK held their largest fixtures here, like the Manchester United encounter in 1965. But this was never a stadium dedicated to football, holding various winter sport events already from 1940s, with hockey, bandy and speed skating among others. To date its pitch is converted into an ice rink during wintertime.
Also a large variety of summer sporting tournaments took place, with both World and European Championships in Athletics (1983, 2005 and 1971, 1994, 2012 - respectively). In 1970 The Rolling Stones played the first concert, starting another new chapter.
One element of the stadium stands out particularly, and literally – the 72-meter tower that gives a wonderful view of Helsinki and is an attraction itself. In 1943 Finnish sports museum was opened under the stands and in 1961 Olympiastadion’s famous hostel.
After various changes the stadium still enjoys its historical appearance on the outside and indications say this will continue. Even addition of a roof opposite the main stand in 2005 didn’t change this and similarly the planned 2018-2020 thorough renovation should retain the wooden cladding.
Helsinki: More costly Olympic renovation
Finland decided not to build a new national stadium, instead renovating the historic one. This project has just become more controversial as price increased by 25% before work even started for good.
Helsinki: Last days of the old Olympiastadion
It’s the last two days to visit the national stadium of Finland and possibly find a souvenir. Just before Christmas the building will be closed for three long years of redevelopment.
Helsinki: Fans dismantled legendary Olympiastadion benches
In just a week some 10,000 people came to the Helsinki Olympiastadion for souvenirs. It’s the famous wooden benches that have to go before stadium renovation.
Helsinki: Olympiastadion slightly cheaper, but a year later
From the outside you won’t notice any change and still the project is priced at over €200 million. And that’s still cheaper than the initial plan which also envisaged a pavilion built next to the stadium.
New design: Olympiastadion Helsinki
It’s been the showcase stadium for Finnish sports for 75 years and all indications say it will remain that way for years to come. Plans to redevelop it are very modest and respectful to the historical architecture created in 1938.
Euro 2020: All you need to know about interested countries
Or, in other words, all we were able to find digging a lot deeper than just the brief info released by UEFA. It took us a while, but this is – according to our knowledge – the most comprehensive analysis of Euro 2020 potential bids.