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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.


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Great stadium and long history, but Finland maybe needs new stadion meant for national football team.. about 30-40.000cap should be nice
 

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Great stadium and long history, but Finland maybe needs new stadion meant for national football team.. about 30-40.000cap should be nice
Yeah, I would agree to it. :banana: It's high time that the Finland had one new stadium for the teams so as to call its own. It would work wonders for the football fans over there. :lol:
 

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The most interesting feature of this stadium for me is the height they chose for the tower. I always wondered why that tower had to be 24 stories high? Until I learned that its 73m height was chosen to honor the distance which won Marti Jarvinen the gold medal in javelin at the Los Angeles 1932 Games. Probably the only structure in the world known for this.
 

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i really love this stadium!!
 

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Something needs to be done about those brown seats: they look terrible.
Yeah, the stadium needs to get brand new individual seating to replace those very old benches which have existed since the stadium's opening, I guess?
 

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A very nice, classic looking stadium! I like the fact that the stands are as close as they can be. In this case (I belive) it`s not so bad to watch footbal matches from the stands behind the golas!
In pictures it always seams much worse than it realy is.
 

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Wonderful pics
 

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Nice, classic, old style stadium.

But I see that some of the seats are in wood...looks dangerous ;)

Certainly not a football stadium, more an athletic stadium....but nice and legendary.
 

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any more pics?? anyone
 

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If you put chairs instead of benches probably the capacity of the stadium will sufered , maybe 20% or more of the actual capacity will disapear .
It's interesting , how come this stadium can organize international footbal games , isn't an UEFA strictly rule about chairs and capacity ?
By the way , the stadium is very nice and I like it the way it is without chairs and everything, was a good idea for the people from Finland to keep this old and original stadium !
 

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If the Helsinki Olympic Stadium did have individual seating replacing its existing chairback benches, the reduced capacity of the stadium would probably be no less than 30,000, 35,000 at the most.
 

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Yesterday, it was exactly 75 years since the opening of the Helsinki Olympic Stadium.

Some years ago, the football pitch had to be widened to meed the FIFA/UEFA standards. That lengthens the the turns of the running track. Usually that's compensated by having shorter straights than the football pitch. In that case the turn begins already before the football pitch ends, and that's why the infield needs to be even wider. But that wasn't possible in Helsinki because there wasn't enough space between the grandstands. So the turns were made shorter by making them turn unevenly. The beginning of the turn is tighter than usually but in the middle of the turn, the track is almost straight before it's again really tight at the exit of the turn. Those unevenly turning turns caused problems at the European Athletics Championships last summer.

In the upcoming years, the stadium will be renovated. I think they will change the seats and build roofs over the grandstands that don't have a roof yet. They will possibly also improve the running tracks. Yesterday Paavo Arhinmäki, the sports and culture minister, said he doesn't want the running tracks to be improved, as it would require removing first rows from the grandstands, reducing seating capacity. He doesn't see that necessary as he thinks there are major athletics championships so seldom in Helsinki anyway. Instead he'd like to remove that screen from the turn, to increase seating capacity.

Arto Bryggare, former 100m hurdler, disagreed strongly with Arhinmäki. He says there isn't necessarily need to remove seating, the infield section can be made narrower by having the long jump track under the grass and take the grass away if needed, like at Rome's Stadio Olimpico. Bryggare also opposes the removal of the big screen, he says it's an essential part of the stadium, just like the tower.

Then, what's my opinion? First of all, I think all grandstands should have a roof and the seating should be modernized. Also, I think the tracks should be improved, otherwise there will be no big athletics events in this stadium in the future. I think the "Rome solution" would be the best, I'm spectical about removing the first seating rows. Otherwise the first row might be two meters above the ground.

But I'm not sure if the Helsinki Olympic Stadium could anymore host the World Athletics Championships. Already in 2005 media and teams took 25,000 of the 40,000 seats at the stadiums, and modern seating would reduce the seating capacity. I think 50,000 seats would be needed. So, Finland possibly needs to build a new stadium in the next 20 years if we want to still host major international sports events. And I think there's no better place for a stadium than what the Olympic Stadium has. So, I'd leave only the tower and maybe the main grandstand and build a new upscaled replica of the existing stadium with a capacity of 50,000-55,000 seats.
 
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