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Steveco Areena

Kotka, Finland

Home of the KTP-Basket

2.7

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Steveco Areena (map it)
Ututie 4
Kotka, Finland 48350
Finland


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Year Opened: 1974

Capacity: 1,700

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The Team to Follow During the Winter

KTP-Basket is the other major brand of the KTP family in the harbour city of Kotka. KTP-Basket has played in the Korisliiga (highest level in Finland) continually since 1957 and it is one of Finland’s more successful clubs with six championship titles and nine cup wins. Traditionally the people in Kotka go to see soccer during the summer and basketball during the winter.

In recent years KTP-Basket has enjoyed some relative success as the club finished second in the Korisliiga in 2012/13 season and third in 2014/15. Their last league title however was from the 1993/94 season. The early 90’s and late 80’s were the times that KTP-Basket somewhat dominated Finnish basketball winning four league titles, finishing second twice and also winning three cups in eight years’ time period. In recent years the club has also played in different European Cup competitions. In the 2015 season the club participated in the FIBA Europe Cup, but their journey ended after the group stage.

The home arena of KTP-Basket, Steveco Areena (formerly known as Karhuvuoren urheilutalo) was built in 1974 and apart from basketball hosts floorball matches and other events.

2.7

What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    3

There is a large variety of snacks available with quite reasonable prices. Hot sausages are on offer just outside the main entrance during matches, but all the other stands are inside. There is also a little pub where beer is served, but it is not allowed to take alcohol to the stands.

Atmosphere    3

Steveco Areena is a good place to see a match. There are stands on three sides of the court with the main stand along the side and smaller stands at both ends. The scoreboard is located opposite the main stand and it can be seen from all the stands very well. There is a fairly spacious concourse behind the main stand, but during the break it can get a bit crowded though there is still enough room to move around.

The best seats are in the main stand but one can see the court well from the ends too. The downside of the main stand is that the best places are reserved for guests and season ticket holders so individual tickets are only sold to the side stands. In the end sections it is first come first serve so getting to the arena early will give you the chance to pick the best place to sit.

Neighborhood    2

Steveco Areena is located in the Karhuvuori district that is about six kilometers away from the Kotka city center. Surrounded by apartment buildings there are not too many pre or after-match options available next to the arena. The best option is really to head to the center of the city before and after the match or one can also come early to Steveco Areena to enjoy a pint or two in the pub there.

Fans    3

KTP-Basket does not have the same kind of fan group as the soccer team has but the local people still create a relatively good atmosphere to the arena.

The average attendance is around 1,000-1,100 and the arena is not sold out too often. KTP-Basket usually has one of the biggest crowd averages in the Korisliiga.

The noise level tends to get bigger towards the end of the match if KTP is winning.

Access    2

Car is the best option to get to the arena as the public transportation options are very limited. It is easy to get in by car and the parking at Steveco Areena is free, but getting away after the match might take some time as the car park is quite tight. A good option is to leave the car a few hundred meters away from the arena.

Return on Investment    4

This is a good value for money if one wants to experience the highest level of Finnish basketball.

A normal ticket to the main stand costs 18 euros and a ticket on either end is 15 euros. Tickets can also be purchased online from ennakkolippu, but buying a ticket is actually cheaper from the gates as there are some additional costs when purchasing online.

There is a rather good fan merchandise selection with relatively good pricing. There is a free of charge match leaflet printed out for every match with team rosters and some player information.

Extras    2

There is not much extra to add to the match experience, but there is a dance group called Bionic Crew and a club mascot hanging around and that offers some entertainment during the breaks.

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