Helsinki Olympic Stadium

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Last Updated: August 25, 2019

Aerial view of Helsinki Olympic Stadium

Stadium Overview

Team: Finland National Team

Address: Paavo Nurmen tie 1, Helsinki, Finland, 00250

Capacity: 39,784

Opened: 1938

Helsinki Olympic Stadium or Helsinki Olympiastadion is the name of Finland’s National Stadium. Located within the capital city it has the largest capacity of any football ground in Finland, and is capable of seating just under 40,000 spectators.

Stadium Guide

History

Finland’s national stadium was originally constructed to host the Olympic Games of 1940, however the Summer tournament was cancelled due to the onset of World War II. Relocated from Tokyo to Helsinki, it wouldn’t be until 1952 almost twelve years later that the Finland’s Capital city would get the chance to host the Summer Olympics.

Designed by Finnish architects Yrjö Lindegren and Toivo Jäntti in the functionalist style of its time, the stadium followed the examples set by Germany’s Olympiastadion in Berlin and Italy’s Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Conflating national pride with sporting success, multi-purpose Olympic Stadiums grew in popularity in the early part of the 20th century.

Helsinky’s Olympiastadion has twice undergone major renovation work, and is set once again to be renovated after Euro 2016. Updated between 1990-1994 and a decade later in anticipation of the 2005 Athletic World Championship, the latest refurbishment will be funded by the local council and is expected to cost over 209 million euros.

Expected to take over three years to complete the stadium will close over a three year period and reopen in 2019.

The famous tower is inspired by Finnish Javelin thrower Matti Järvinen. It is built to the exact same height as throw which earned him the Gold Medal in the 1932 Summer Olympics. At an impressive height of 72.71 metres it offers unparalleled views of Helsinki.

Seating Plan

Below is a seating plan of Finland National Team's Helsinki Olympic Stadium:

Seating plan for Finland's National Olympic Stadium

Stands

Finland’s Olympic Stadium is a continuous bowl comprised of a four distinct sections: North, East, South and West

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Click the thumbnails above to enlarge an image of each stand and to read a more detailed description of each part of the stadium.

The Matchday Experience

Away fans

Away fans who are travelling from abroad are usually housed within the south-west corner within blocks 14 and 15 which is accessible via gate B1.

Finland National team fans

The distinctive blue and white colours of Finnish National team as shown through the scarves of the fans.

Best Pubs

There are a handful of pubs located en-route to the Olympiastadion as well as plenty of places to drink within Helsinki city centre.

Club Shop

There is a souvenir shop within the lobby of the Olympic Tower.

Stadium Tours

Stadium tours aren’t available for the Olympiastadion however you can ascend the famous Olympic tower and visit the Sports Museum of Finland instead. Tickets for the tower and museum can either be booked online or purchased on the day.

Opening Hours:

  • Monday to Friday: 8.00 am – 8.00 pm
  • Saturday to Sunday: 9.00 am – 6.00 pm
Olympic Tower Helsinki Stadium

For more information feel free to phone the museum on tel:+358 (0)9-4366 010 or send an email to [email protected]

Matchday Travel

Helsinki Olympic Stadium is located in a prime location approximately 2 km from the city centre.

Helsinki Stadium main entrance

The exterior of Finland’s Olympiastadion, and the main entrance of the ground with a statue of Paavo Nurmi.

Driving

The stadium’s address for satnav is as follows:

  • Paavo Nurmen tie 1, 00250 Helsinki, Finland

Car Parks

There are two small car parks south of the Olympic Stadium however it doesn’t appear as if it the are available to the general public on match-days.

Train

Central Railway Station or Päärautatieasema in Finnish is located in a prominent urban located 2.1 km south of the national stadium.

Exterior of Helsinki railway station

The famous exterior of Helsinki’s Central Train Station in the city centre

Airports and Flying

Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport sits 18km north of Finland’s Capital City, and as the country’s largest airport it naturally has numerous flights around the world and Europe.

Upon landing you can catch a new train straight to Helsinki which opened in July 2014 or if you prefer, numerous shuttle bus services.

Hotels

At the stadium there is Stadion Hostel which is in an unbeatable location, with the city centre naturally boasting a better range of hotels and accomodation options.


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Last Updated: August 25, 2019