The Tampere Arena will be completed next year. According to the plan, the Tampere teams Ilves and Tappara should be allowed to play in the Finnish Champions League as early as autumn 2021.
In the spring of 2022, the arena is set to play the hockey world championship.
According to information provided by Ilta-Sanomat directly from the construction site, the construction of the arena would be delayed by up to half a year from the original plan.
Project Director Henrik Eklund, how do you comment on such an argument?
- I did not sign that kind of a half-year delay. The argument is probably related to the construction of that deck. It was a much more laborious phase than expected. In the case of buildings, we were able to start somewhat of the original schedule. Construction of the arena was supposed to start last spring, but it didn't start until after the summer holidays, Eklund says.
On site, talking about half a year delay. Where could such an idea come from?
- The fact that an individual delivery is later than planned cannot lead to direct conclusions on the overall construction delay. This is probably what has been compared to an individual delivery. But that is not the way to evaluate the whole project.
But you're late anyway?
- We have told you that the erection of the arena began three months late. We have confirmed that. Any half-year delay at least not confirm at this stage.
Illustration of Tampere Arena.
Photo: SRV / Libeskind / Tomorrow
According to Eklund, delays can be bridged during construction.
- We do a normal five-day working week and maybe a longer day. After all, it has the potential to increase the pace of work if needed.
- We have a rehearsal in the spring and then we can see where we are going compared to the original schedule. Then we can evaluate the whole better. The ambition is that the 2021 arena will play the SM league and the 2022 will certainly play the World Cup.
Eklund points out that the rest of the 2021 SM League Games are important because they can test the functioning of the arena and practices for the World Cup.