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Official Review by Elias Aaltonen, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
Located in Vantaa, in Myyrmäki Sports Park, Myyrmäki Soccer Stadium (Finnish: Myyrmäen Jalkapallostadion) was opened in 2000 and has since accommodated several different soccer teams. The venue is also known as ISS Stadion.
PK-35 Vantaa played in Finnish Ykkönen (2nd level), but they won promotion to Veikkausliiga (Premier League) for the 2016 season.
The roots of the club date back to 1935 to the city of Vyborg which is now part of Russia. The club disbanded in 1939 because of the World War II. A few years after the war the club was reinstated in Helsinki in 1948 as PK-35 (Pallokerho-35) and finally in 2009 the first team moved to Vantaa and became PK-35 Vantaa.
There is still a club named PK-35 in Helsinki as well. The biggest reason for the move to Vantaa were the facilities that Myyrmäki soccer stadium offered. PK-35 Vantaa’s women’s team is currently the best team in Finland having won five of six championships (2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015).
The Finnish National Team has also used the stadium once (against Iceland in 2003) and many teams have played their European Cup matches here in recent years.
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The basic goods of Finnish soccer scene are on offer at very reasonable prices.
Mostly little snacks that include candy, Pringles, and sweet buns from 1-3 euros are on offer. Make sure you have cash with you, but major credit cards should also work in the main stand, but using a credit card might slow down the service so better to use cash if you can.
Sodas are offered in half litre bottles and usually 2-3 of these brands available: Coke, Pepsi, Sprite, 7up, Fanta. No beer is served during matches. When the crowds get bigger the service sometimes gets very slow as there are not enough stands available.
Sausages and coffee are probably the most popular products at Finnish soccer matches. While in Myyrmäki you might want to try the lamb sausage, which is the speciality in this stadium.
Myyrmäki Soccer Stadium is genuinely one of the better soccer stadiums in Finland.
There are two bigger stands, but in recent years only the main stand has been open during most matches to reduce the costs of the events. However bigger groups of away supporters are put to the other bigger stand. The main stands are both covered. The stands are very close to the pitch and there is an excellent view to the pitch from pretty much everywhere. The stands are made out of wood and therefore the acoustics of the stadium are good. The scoreboard is made for both soccer and football. The pitch is artificial turf and that makes it possible to use it during the winter as well.
At the other end of the pitch there are also two smaller stands that are not covered and not up to UEFA standards, but there is a great view from there if you prefer to watch the match behind the goal line. At the other end behind the scoreboard there are trees that create forest like feeling to the stadium.
The best places of the stadium are in the upper deck of the main stand. Usually you can choose your seats freely so getting there early will guarantee you a good seat.
The stadium is located in a quiet neighborhood in a real sports environment.
For pre or after-match food and pints the best option is to head to the Myyrmanni Mall area next to the Myyrmäki train station. It has a variety of bars and restaurants on offer with very reasonable prices and is less than 1 mile away from the stadium.
There is an ice hall, soccer hall (for winter use), small athletics stadium and Energia Areena (for basketball, volleyball, floorball etc.) right next door to the soccer stadium so on a good day there is a possibility to see many different sporting events in the area.
People from Vantaa tend to follow the bigger Helsinki clubs and they have no real home support at the moment.
The team does not have a big following yet and the average crowd in Ykkönen matches in 2015 has been under 1,000. The promotion to the Veikkausliiga (first level) for 2016 should help improve attendance numbers.
There is a really small group of fans that occasionally get vocal. Sometimes the away supporters create a decent atmosphere to the match. Especially when HJK or HIFK from Helsinki or some of the other better supported teams in Finland are visiting the atmosphere gets quite good. If the team gets promoted to Veikkausliiga there will most likely be more following from the local people.
Myyrmäki Soccer Stadium is very easily accessible with a car or public transportation and one can move around the stadium freely once inside.
Public transportation from Helsinki center is good with a direct bus connection (bus number 411) from Helsinki central station (Elielinaukio) right next to the stadium. Train connections are also available from the airport or Helsinki central station to Myyrmäki. The train station is just over one km away from the stadium and the distance can be covered easily by foot. A one way public transport ticket from Helsinki costs 5 euros and from the airport 3 euros.
Easy access with a car and the parking is also free next to the stadium. Sometimes the car park gets a bit crowded if there are many events in the area at the same time.
The concourse behind the main stand can get pretty crowded during the break.
A very reasonable price compared to the level of football on offer. Pricing is the same wherever you sit. You get a free programme when you enter, but it usually covers just the team line-ups.
A ticket costs 14 euros ($16) from the gates. However there is usually only one gate with 2-3 ticket counters so it is a good idea to purchase the ticket beforehand from the internet because people usually come to the match just before the kickoff and that sometimes creates long queues to the counters.
Fans can save two euros per ticket by purchasing tickets beforehand by going to the Ticket Machine website.
TAFT (Tikkurila American Football Team) also use the stadium so one can catch a few football matches as well during the summer time. Some of the lower league soccer teams also use the stadium from time to time, so it is possible to see some soccer matches for free at the Myyrmäki Soccer Stadium.
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