Helsinki is a picture-perfect destination enveloped in the beauty of numerous natural miracles. (Further, extending into elegant architectural designs) If Helsinki were to flaunt its carefully designed layouts, I think Helsinki Olympic Stadium would be the first to gain recognition. Not only, has this Olympic Stadium been rated as the most beautiful by BBC, but also, has been declared one of Scandinavia’s most visited landmark.
As luck had it, the building was under renovation, during my visit. Thus, I could not explore the interiors, however, from what I have heard Helsinki Olympic Stadium is just as good from the inside, as from the outside. Built in 1938, Helsinki Olympic Stadium is a grand tribute to Paavo Nurmi, the Finnish king of runners. Which, is why you will notice a Paavo Nurmi statue at the entrance. Don’t forget to get a picture of this iconic statue.
Also, Finland’s Largest Stadium
Helsinki Olympic Stadium (Olympiastadion, as locals call it) is also, Finland’s largest stadium. In recent times, it is also the home of the national football team. Therefore, the stadium has a long history of hosting International sports, as well as, concerts. I’d say delve deep into the foundation of this stadium to find out the importance of Paavo Nurmi’s contributions. In most likelihood, your guide will share the most important facts as you tour the venue. The 240 feet tall elevated tower is the prime highlight of this stadium. Who knew that this tall-spire owes its foundation to Matti Jarvinen’s gold-medal win. To get the best views of Helsinki, climb this tower and see for yourself.
Paavo Nurmi single-handedly raised Finland’s national pride in the running category. He is known as the ‘King of Runners,’ because his passion led him to win many Gold and Silver medals for Finland in the running category. The prominent standouts were the record-breaking 9 Gold and 3 Silver in the Olympic Games. (Followed by 3 Gold, 1 Silver in Antwerp, 5 Gold in Paris and 2 Silver in Amsterdam)
Blockbuster Events Held at Helsinki Olympic Stadium
My guide in Helsinki shared with me that this Finnish stadium can host up to 40,000 people at one time. Massive isn’t it? Then again, has to be, after all, renowned international artists such as Michael Jackson, Bon-Jovi, and many others have performed here. The journey kicked off in 1983 when this stadium was declared the first official venue for the First World Athletics Championships. Followed by World Championships in 2005, European Athletics Championship in 1971, 1994, and in 2012 respectively.
This iconic stadium has served some of the most memorable moments in sports and international events. I was delighted to have visited this magnificent host of world-class sports, leisure, and entertainment. If you are in Helsinki, then do drop by this futuristic world of designs. Chances are by the time you visit, the stadium will be open again. For those who may not know, Helsinki Olympic Stadium is now sprawling on a 20,000 sq meters of renovated space and is ready to blow your mind, with its extraordinary conception. You don’t just visit the stadium, instead, you get to tour the atmosphere! The atmosphere that was once, built when thousands of spectators cheered for the world’s most important sports championships or music concerts.