Olympic Stadium

Helsinki, Finland

The story of Olympic Stadium began in 1927, when City of Helsinki and several sport associations created the Stadium Foundation. The purpose of foundation was to build an adequate venue for the summer olympics. Construction of the Olympic Stadium began in 1934 and it was completed in 1938. It was designed in functionalistic style by the architects Yrjö Lindegren and Toivo Jäntti.

The stadium was built to host the 1940 Summer Olympics, which were moved from Tokyo to Helsinki before being cancelled due to World War II. After 12 years delay the XVth Olympic Games were finally held in Helsinki Olympic Stadium in 1952. The stadium was also the venue for the first World Athletics Championships in 1983 as well as for the 2005 World Championships in Athletics. It is also the home stadium of the Finland national football team.

Olympic Stadium is still in active use. The National Sports Museum is also situated to the stadium and the 72 meters high tower is popular place to see the nice view over the downtown of Helsinki.

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Founded: 1934-1938
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Historical period: Independency (Finland)

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Antti Holopainen (12 months ago)
The ultimate combination of history, finnish design and modern sports arena
Ross Worrell (12 months ago)
Fresh from its multi-year renovation, the stadium is better than ever. Everything has been upgraded/modernized - the wooden benches are now wooden seats, a roof covers most of the seats and the concourse/restrooms are all fresh. Great place to catch a football match or watch a concert!
Kristian Katisko (12 months ago)
It has been renovated with the respect of the old design. It looks the same but it is modern now.
Timo Smura (13 months ago)
Historic place, beautifully renovated now.
odnanrefAI (13 months ago)
Just renovated, I only visited the tower, but it was fantastic
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