Saturday, August 20, 2011

Helsinki - stadiums in Töölö district

Sunset over Sonera Stadium (until August 2010 Finnair Stadium), Helsinki
Sonera Stadium (Finnair Stadium until August 2010)

Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Helsinki Olympic Stadium

The Helsinki Olympic Stadium is located in the Töölö district of Helsinki and it is the largest stadium in Finland. It was build in 1938 with the purpose to host the 1940 Summer Olympics, but because of the World War II the Olympics were moved to Tokyo. In 1952, Helsinki Olympic Stadium finally hosted Summer Olympics, in 1983 hosted first World Athletics Championships followed by another one in 2005. It is the home stadium of the Finland national football team and it is also used for hosting other sports events and big concerts.

Paavo Nurmi & Helsinki Olympic Stadium in background
Paavo Nurmi & Helsinki Olympic Stadium in background

In front of the stadium, the statue of Paavo Nurmi is dominating the parking area. Nurmi is a famous name in the history of Athletics discipline. He won 9 gold medals at the Olympic Games, being a very versatile runner. He was beating many world records for middle and long distances between 1500 m and 20 km, a performance completely inaccessible to our days athletes that are more specialized.

Sonera Stadium (Finnair Stadium until August 2010 )
Sonera Stadium (Finnair Stadium until August 2010)

Right close to the Olympic Stadium, one can find a smaller but quite modern arena called Sonera Stadium. It was opened in 2000 and has a capacity of 10,770 spectators. The stadium provided with artificial turf and warming system is the home of Helsingin Jalkapalloklubi (or HJK), the most succesful Finnish football club.

Sunset over Sonera Stadium (until August 2010 Finnair Stadium), Helsinki
Sonera Stadium (Finnair Stadium until August 2010)

Rain over Sonera Stadium (Finnair Stadium until August 2010 )
Sonera Stadium (Finnair Stadium until August 2010)

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