Columns The Olympic Stadium was put to the test by the public and immediately got the conditions

The football crowd can seriously plan their own arena if the Olympic Stadium remains small or the service does not play there.

Saturday October 9 was a tough day for the Olympic Stadium.

The sports arena, which had undergone five years of thorough renovation, was almost sold out for the first time when the men’s national football team, Huuhkajat, faced Ukraine in the World Cup qualifiers.

The owls lost the match with goals after 1-2 sluggish performances, but the match arrangements went even worse.

Some spectators were late when there was a disturbance in the gate ticket scanners. There were also long queues in the toilets.

Buying food and drink was slow, although Compass Group, which is responsible for restaurant services, had 40 outlets and 150 checkouts open. (IS 11.10.).

The audience was stunned. Is this what the renovation, which cost the city and state of Helsinki more than 300 million euros, achieved?

Part as the problems go away, the organizers and the Stadium Foundation will learn from the experience of the Ukraine game.

Good planning can speed up sales. The toilet world built into the stadium of the Olympic Stadium will be better found when the guidance is improved.

Queuing at gates is reduced when equipment is operating and people are being directed smoothly to the auditoriums.

The congestion of the Olympic Stadium will not go away. The services of some 35,000 viewers are still crammed into shells designed mainly for the demands of the 1930s.

Even after the renovation, the corridors of the arena are narrow in many places.

Olympic Stadium management needs to be concerned about public criticism.

Liability for congestion cannot be imposed solely on the company responsible for restaurant services or the event organizer.

If things don’t work out, the problem is ultimately the Stadium Foundation.

If the popularity of football in Finland grows and the service at the Olympic Stadium stops, the sports community can seriously plan to build its own modern stadium.

For Ari Lahti, the chairman of the Finnish Football Association, it could be a pleasant and easier project than, for example, helping the Guggenheim Museum to visit Finland.

The examples of Helsinki Garden and Tampere’s Uros Live arena show that the conditions for sports can be built with a variety of solutions, mainly based on private funding.

For the Olympic Stadium economy, a new arena of 40,000 spectators would be poison.

With that, of course, half a dozen Owl matches a year would disappear and in addition the position as the number one venue for stadium concerts.

It would also be a sign of the failure of Stadika’s renovation.

The author is a news producer for HS Sports.


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