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The Swimming Stadium, Helsinki

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Helsinki Swimming Stadium is an outdoors swimming venue in Helsinki, Finland, located in the Eläintarha area to the northeast of the Helsinki Olympic Stadium.HistoryThe Swimming Stadium was designed by architect Jorma Järvi in the Functionalist style prevalent during the 1930s. The stadium was built for the 1940 Olympic Games which were cancelled due to the Second World War, but later hosted the 1952 Summer Olympics.Because of the war, the construction of the Swimming Stadium took a long time, and it was finally completed in 1947. In wartime, the finished pools were used to store herring and root vegetables.According to the International Swimming Federation, the water temperature in the pool needs to be at least 22 °C, nowadays 27 °C. The machinery to heat the outdoor pool was ordered from abroad, and the ship transporting them was sunk immediately after the war broke out.The stadium has been listed as a significant example of modern architecture in Finland by Docomomo.Current useThe Swimming Stadium is a popular recreational venue for citizens. It is open from the beginning of May to the end of September. It is a popular place and in summertime it is visited by about 5000 swimmers every day – 290,000 altogether in the summer 2013. The stadium has three pools: a 50 metre exercise swimming pool, a diving pool and a children's pool, and a small, shallow, round wading pool for small children a little further away. The diving pool has two 1 metre and two 3 metre high springboards, and a 1 metre plateau in front of the diving tower. Use of the diving tower is controlled and requires lifeguard supervision. The 1 and 3 metre springboards are almost always freely usable by customers. However, for example when swimming teams or clubs come to practice at the Stadium, the 3 metre springboard may be reserved for their use.
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  • Statikka is a sports centre, where I've gone for a swim in the many times and I hope that in the future I will go there for a swim in the still many times. In summer the perfect place to spend time with the family. The most enjoyable place in the Sun.
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  • The swimming stadium is built at the 1952 Olympic Games. 50 metres and jump to different pool will delight swimmers. The first track is reserved for water. The dressing rooms are tastefully redesigned. Shower facilities. Two saunas, mild and hot. Be sure to wash properly and as always vaatteitta in Finland, it means washing yourself. As a general rule, wash your hair and swimmer's will also be the face of meikittömiksi.
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  • This place is amazing. It was built for the Olympic Games in Helsinki and it has after the Games become a classic place to visit during the summer. It offers a great outdoor pools for swimming, aqua j...  more »
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  • Great for outdoor swimming from about May until September. Former olympic pool (from '52, mind you). The tiling is a bit run down, especially in the 5,9 m deep diving pool. Jumping platforms available: 1, 3, 5, 7, 10 meters.
  • Great place to spend a summer's day. Showing its age in some places (a few paving stones could use replaced...) but the pool and diving boards are excellent. Two saunas each for men and women.
  • This outdoor swimming place hosted the swimming events of the Helsinki Olympic Games 1952. Nowadays it is a famous place for families and young people to spend summer days. This is a good place, off the beaten track, to spend half a day if you are visiting Helsinki as a tourist.
  • The largest outdoor pools in Helsinki. Children's pools, 8 lanes for adults and a 10 meter jump tower. Cafeterias, playgrounds, ping pong tables, and so on.
  • Great place to go swimming in the summer, fun for the whole family. Can be a bit crowded on nice days.