Helsinki Olympic Stadium (Olympiastadion)
The Helsinki Olympic Stadium (Olympiastadion) is located in close to the centre of Helsinki. The stadium was first built for the cancelled 1940 Olympics, and had to wait until 1952 to be used at the Olympic games. In 1952, the athletics, equestrian jumping, and football final was played at the stadium.
The stadium is the largest stadium in Finland, now mainly used for sports events and big concerts. It is the home stadium of the Finland national football team.
Events Held at Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Here are just some of the major events that have been held at Helsinki Olympic Stadium:
- 1952 - Summer Olympic Games (athletics, equestrian jumping, football final)
- 1957 - first ever Bandy World Championship.
- 1971 - European Athletics Championships
- 1983 - first World Athletics Championships
- 1994 - European Athletics Championships
- 2005 World Championships in Athletics.
- 2012 - European Athletics Championships
Helsinki Olympic Stadium Trivia
- Since 2007, a Eurasian eagle-owl has been living in the area around the stadium and actually delayed a Euro 2008 qualifying match when it perched on a goalpost. The owl was later christened Bubi and was named as Helsinki's Resident of the Year.