Olympic Stadium

 

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Although Helsinki hosted Olympics in 1952, the stadium was built in 1938, before cancelled Olymipic in 1940. The stadium is designed in functional style, with a tower dominating over it. It is 72.71 meters (the result of gold-wining javelin throw of Matti Jarvinen in 1932) and it's open for visitors, offering amazing view of the city.


Apart of Olympics, stadium hosted World Athletics Championship, and is a home stadium of Finland national football team. The biggest capacity was in 1952, when stadium had 70,000 places, now it is 30,000 less. During musical events, depending of the stage size, it may reach 45,000.
The stadium has an unusual inhabitant – the Eurasian Eagle-Owl. In 2008 he stopped a match, because he sat on a goalpost. Citizens of Helsinki called him Bubi (from Latin name of the bird, Bubo Bubo), and was chosen as a Helsinki Resident of the year.





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