With a capacity of 36,000, the Helsinki Olympic Stadium is the largest in Finland. The Finland national football team have played the majority of their international matches there since the stadium opened.
The Helsinki Olympic Stadium was opened in 1938, with the intention of hosting the 1940 Summer Olympics. The 1940 games were cancelled due to World War II, with the stadium eventually hosting the Olympics in 1952. Athletics, equestrian show jumping and the finals of the football were all held at the venue.
Tenants: Finland national football team
A 72 metre tower inspired by Finnish Javelin thrower Matti Järvinen overlooks the stadium, as well as given fantastic views across Helsinki. The stadium has undergone a number of renovations across the years, including recently between 2016 and 2020 at a cost 261 million euros.
The stadium has hosted the World Athletics Championship in 1983 and 2005, as well as the European Athletics Championship in 1971, 1994 and 2012. Ice hockey, bandy and speed skating have all been held inside the venue as well.
Four group matches of the UEFA Women’s Euro 2009, as well as the Final in which Germany defeated England 6-2 were all played in the stadium. The 2022 UEFA Super Cup is also due to be played there.
Tickets at Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Finland national football team: Ticket information for upcoming Finland international matches is available on their official website.
Location & Travel to Helsinki Olympic Stadium
The Helsinki Olympic Stadium is located in the Töölö district of Helsinki, just over 2 kilometres from the centre of the city.
Airport – The Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is the largest and busiest airport in Finland, offering flights to over 100 destinations in Europe as well as several in Asia and North America.
The airport has its own rail station, with commuter services heading westbound Huopalahti and eastbound via Tikkurila to Helsinki Central Station in about 30 minutes. From Central station you can catch a bus, tram or walk to the stadium as below.
Alternatively, the 415 bus runs from the airport to Töölö Sports Hall, which is about a 10 minute walk from the Helsinki Olympic Stadium.
Bus & Tram – The closest bus and tram stations to the stadium are Töölön Kisahalli (Töölö Sports Hall), Töölön kirjasto (Töölö Library), Ooppera (Opera), Auroran sairaala (Aurora Hospital). You can plan your journey using the Helsinki public transport journey planner.
Driving & Parking – The closest parking is available at the Tornipiha and North Stadium Square, however these are not available during events. Other car parks are available at Urheilukatu, Mäntymäen kenttä, in front of Töölön kisahalli (Töölö Sports Hall) and near Helsingin jäähalli (Helsinki Ice Hall).
Train – Helsinki Central Station is located about 2 kilometres south of the stadium and is the busiest station in Finland. It is the terminus for all Helsinki commuter trains, as well as long distance trains in Finland. You can walk to the stadium from the station in about 25 minutes, taking the scenic walk along Töölö Bay.
Walk – As noted above, you can walk to the stadium from central Helsinki in about 25 minutes, taking the scenic walk along Töölö Bay.
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Helsinki Olympic Stadium tour, Tower & Sports Museum of Finland
The renovated Helsinki Olympic Stadium offers a 60 minute tour, costing €10 for Adults and €5 for Children and Youths (7-16 years). The tour currently has no fixed times, however check the official website for upcoming tours and booking information.
The stadium tour does also include entry to the famous 72 metre tower, however if you did want to just visit the tower tickets cost €6.50 for Adults and €4 for Children and Youths. Visiting times and booking information is available on the official website.
The Sports Museum of Finland has been located at the stadium since 1943, offering temporary and permanent exhibitions on the history of sport and physical culture in Finland. Further information is available on the museum’s official website.