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Helsingin olympiastadion
Helsingfors Olympiastadion
Stadion
2005 World Championships in Athletics 1.jpg.jpg
Location Helsinki, Finland
Broke ground 1934
Opened 1938
Renovated 2005
Owner Stadion-säätiö
Surface Grass
Architect Yrjö Lindegren and Toivo Jäntti
Capacity 40,000
Tenants
Finland national football team
1952 Summer Olympics
1983 World Championships in Athletics
2005 World Championships in Athletics
The tower of the Olympic Stadium

The Helsinki Olympic Stadium (Finnish: Helsingin olympiastadion; Swedish: Helsingfors Olympiastadion), located in the Töölö district about 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) from the center of the Finnish capital Helsinki, is the largest stadium in the country, nowadays mainly used for hosting sports events and big concerts. The stadium is best known for being the center of activities in the 1952 Summer Olympics. It was built however to host the 1940 Summer Olympics, which were moved from Tokyo to Helsinki before being cancelled due to World War II. 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.

Construction of the Olympic Stadium began in 1934 and it was completed in 1938. The Olympic was designed in functionalistic style by the architects Yrjö Lindegren and Toivo Jäntti. The stadium was completely modernized in 1990–1994 and also renovated just before the 2005 World Championships in Athletics. Its spectator capacity was at its maximum during the 1952 Summer Olympics with over 70,000 spectator places. Nowadays the stadium has 40,000 spectator places. During concerts, depending on the size of the stage, the capacity is 45,000 - 50,000.

The tower of the stadium, a distinct landmark with a height of 72 metres (236 ft), is open for visitors and offers impressive views over Helsinki. It is possible to see into the adjacent Finnair Stadium.

Notes

The Olympic Stadium was, along with the runner Paavo Nurmi, Erik Bruun's illustration motif for the former Finnish 10 markka banknote.

An American TV series, The Amazing Race 10, had one of its episodes ending at The Olympic Stadium Tower in 2006. As a task, teams had to do a face-first rappel (known as the Angel Dive) down the Helsinki Olympic Tower.

Since March 2007, a Eurasian Eagle-Owl has been spotted living in and around the stadium. On June 6, 2007, during a Euro 2008 qualifying match, the owl delayed play by ten minutes after perching on a goalpost. The owl was later christened Bubi and was named as Helsinki's Resident of the Year.

A Youth Hostel is located within the Stadium complex.

The 50th anniversary of the Helsinki Olympic Games hosted in the Helsinki Olympic Stadium was the main motif for a one of the first Finnish euro silver commemorative coins, the 50th anniversary of the Helsinki Olympic Games commemorative coin, minted in 2002. On the reverse, a view of the Helsinki Olympic Stadium can be seen. On the right, the 500 markka commemorative coin minted in 1952 celebrating the occasion is depicted.

Besides sports events the Helsinki Olympic Stadium has hosted numerous concerts such as heavy metal giants Iron Maiden and Metallica, rock acts like U2 and Bruce Springsteen, pop singers like Tina Turner, Michael Jackson and The Rolling Stones. Madonna was scheduled to perform at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium on August 2009 but the stadium was reserved for women's football so she performed at Jätkäsaari harbour area in Helsinki for 85,000 people instead. This concert had the biggest audience ever in Scandinavia.

External links

Preceded by
Empire Stadium
London
Summer Olympics
Opening and Closing Ceremonies (Olympic Stadium)

1952
Succeeded by
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Melbourne
Preceded by
Empire Stadium
London
Olympic Athletics competitions
Main Venue

1952
Succeeded by
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Melbourne
Preceded by
Empire Stadium
London
Olympic Football tournament
Final Venue

1952
Succeeded by
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Melbourne
Preceded by
None
IAAF World Championships in Athletics
Venue

1983
Succeeded by
Stadio Olimpico
Rome
Preceded by
Stade de France
Paris
IAAF World Championships in Athletics
Venue

2005
Succeeded by
Nagai Stadium
Osaka


Coordinates: 60°11′13″N 024°55′38″E / 60.18694°N 24.92722°E / 60.18694; 24.92722

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Simple English

Helsinki Olympic Stadium (or Olympiastadion) is a sports stadium located in the capital of Finland, Helsinki. The 1952 Summer Olympics took place in the stadium. It is also home to Finland's national football team.


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