Helsinki Olympic Stadium is undergoing a major renovation to modernize and renew the 1930s sports venue. The cornerstone of the rebuilt stadium building was laid at the construction site on Tuesday, 13 June. The main roles in the ceremony were played by Helsinki Mayor Jan Vapaavuori and Esko Ranto, Director General of the Ministry and Education and Culture. Laid in the centenary year of Finnish independence, the cornerstone was placed near the Olympic Stadium Tower next to the original cornerstone, which was laid in June 1936.
Finland and Helsinki will now obtain a multi-purpose arena that meets international standards and requirements for major events in terms of facilities, services, performance areas, logistics and technical equipment - reports City of Helsinki.
A cylinder placed in the cornerstone was brought to the Olympic Stadium by Lasse Virén, a Finnish former long-distance runner and winner of four Olympic gold medals. According to tradition, the cylinder was filled during the ceremony. The contents of the cylinder are the special coin minted for the centenary of Finnish independence, the Olympic Stadium charter, an extract of the project plan, the list of official participants at the ceremony, the newspaper of the day, and the official coins currently used in Finland.
After the renovation, the Olympic Stadium will be Finland’s most important event venue, serving sports, culture, entertainment and tourism with the largest capacity in the country. The stadium will be open daily to both citizens and visitors. The Olympic Stadium is expected to attract about one million visitors per year.
Helsinki Olympic Stadium will reopen in 2019.
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