Töölö Sports Hall photographed from the tower of the Olympic Stadium
Töölö Sports Hall ( Finnish: , Töölön kisahalli Swedish: ) is a sports venue located in the Tölö sporthall Töölö district of Helsinki, Finland. It was designed by Aarne Hytönen and Risto-Veikko Luukkonen and built in 1935 as [1 ] Messuhalli (Exhibition Hall). It is located near the [2 ] Olympic Stadium, the Opera House, and the Sonera Stadium.
The hall was originally a venue for concerts, banquets and sporting events, but is now used only for training and competition in various sports.
In preparation for the
1952 Summer Olympics the building was expanded on the northern side. [2 ]
During the Olympics
gymnastics, wrestling, boxing and weightlifting events as well as the basketball finals were held at the venue.
In June 1966 the hot
pitch used to fix the hall's roof caught fire. The ensuing blaze almost destroyed the whole building but was eventually extinguished with the help of 175 firemen and the army, the latter of which kept the gathered crowds out of the way. [3 ]
In 1975 the hall was moved to Helsinki city ownership and got its current name.
It is the home arena of the basketball team [2 ] Torpan Pojat.
The hall is listed by
Docomomo as a significant example of modern architecture in Finland. [1 ]
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1936: Tennis Courts, Tennis Stadium (final)
1948: Harringay Arena
1952: Messuhalli (final), Tennis Palace
1956: West Melbourne Stadium, Royal Exhibition Building (final)
1960: Palazzo dello Sport (final), Palazzetto dello sport
1964: National Gymnasium
1968: Juan Escutia Sports Palace
1976: Centre Étienne Desmarteau, Montreal Forum (final)
1980: CSKA Palace of Sports, Indoor Stadium (final)
1984: The Forum
1988: Jamsil Gymnasium
1992: Pavelló Olímpic de Badalona
1996: Georgia Dome (final), Morehouse College Gymnasium
2000: Sydney SuperDome (final), The Dome and Exhibition Complex
2004: Hellinikon Indoor Arena, Olympic Indoor Hall (final)
2008: Wukesong Indoor Stadium
2012: Basketball Arena, North Greenwich Arena 1
2016: Olympic Training Center – Arena 1 NOTE: During the Olympic Games, venues that have naming rights sold may not use their name during the Olympic Games.
Coordinates: 60°11′00″N 24°55′32″E / 60.18333°N 24.92556°E