The Helsinki Olympic Stadium is set to reopen on August 22 after an extensive refurbishment and renewal project.
The work has been carried out respecting the original architecture, making sustainable choices and fostering the old, genuine and warm atmosphere of the iconic venue, the City of Helsinki said.
The stands will be able to seat 36,200 sports fans, with the capacity rising to 50,000 for concerts. A new roof has also been installed.
The stadium now has 12 bookable meeting and multipurpose facilities, as well as indoor exercise facilities.
To meet the requirements of today’s national and international events and to serve the Helsinki inhabitants and visitors more comprehensively all year round, the stadium has also been extended by adding a level of underground facilities.
Jan Vapaavuori, mayor of Helsinki, said:
The Olympic Stadium is one of the iconic sites in Helsinki. The massive renewal is a testimony of the city’s great commitment to holding its history and identity in high regard. In these difficult times, in particular, the great input and focus on events and experiences is important – not only for the entire events industry but for all of us who live in Helsinki.
The renewed, modern, function-focused and sustainably refurbished Stadium serves Helsinki in many ways and also contributes to our international attractiveness now and long in the future.
The stellar example of Finnish functionalist style combined with the modern functionalities provides the varied events with a venue for all-around experiences.
The refreshed Stadium is also an open meeting point for locals and tourists alike, not only during events.
Helsinki Olympic Stadium’s history has been marked with many great moments. It has brought people together, uplifted post-war Finland’s self-esteem and helped to make Helsinki an attractive place to visit, also by international standards.
The track and field area of the stadium will be open to the public from 14 to 19 September, while the stadium is the venue for Helsinki Liikkuu (Helsinki on the move) from 21 to 24 September.