A major renovation project is underway to modernize the Helsinki Olympic Stadium. The stadium will be rebuilt into a multi-purpose arena that meets the international standards for major sports, entertainment and cultural events, while serving Helsinki residents and visitors on daily basis. The renovated, modernized and rebuilt Olympic Stadium will open doors in 2019.
Traffic and parking arrangements
The road leading to the Olympic Stadium and the area around the Olympic Stadium Tower are closed. The road to the Swimming Stadium – Uimastadioninpolku – no longer serves cars but only pedestrians, cyclists and comparable traffic. There is no longer parking in the open areas north of the Olympic Stadium, and parking on the Paavo Nurmi square is restricted.
The cycling and pedestrian route on the western side of the stadium is out of use – this is the section between Pohjoinen Stadiontie, Urheilukatu and Paavo Nurmen tie – and a detour to replace the route runs on the eastern side of the stadium through the streets of Hammarskjöldintie and Tahkontie.
Unfortunately the traffic and parking rearrangements are unavoidable and will be in effect until project completion in the spring 2019.
Excavation and rock drilling related to the expansion of underground space at the Olympic Stadium began in early 2016 and will continue to September 2017. The removed rock will be transported away from the site as excavation and drilling proceeds. The work will be carried out on weekdays 07–22, that is, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nighttime and weekend work is avoided. Unavoidable deviations from normal working hours will be announced.