The Finnish Olympic Committee has included Hippos2020 on its list of priority sports venue projects, characterising it as a unique facility in terms of size and diversity and as a special competence centre (Research Centre for Sport and Competitiveness, educational institutions of the region, Jyväskylä Sports Academy)


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Contact information
Kari Halinen
Project manager
Hippos2020, City of Jyväskylä
+358 50 5737034

According to FOC, the project will improve athletes’ daily training conditions and dual career opportunities in Jyväskylä, one of the six nationally important training locations under the FOC Sports Academy Programme. The project serves Finland’s elite athletes in artistic gymnastics, track and field, ice hockey and freestyle skiing. The Finnish Swimming Association is also planning a national training centre at Hippos.

In addition, the project will offer significantly improved training and coaching facilities in basketball, football, motor racing and mogul skiing. The project is supported by several sports federations. Moreover, the City of Jyväskylä is committed to the project by having included it in its own strategy and budget.

Each year, FOC presents a statement to the Ministry of Education and Culture on current major high-level sports facility projects. Hippos2020 was ranked second in the FOC list of priority projects.  The FOC’s statement is significant because the Ministry of Education and Culture is the authority responsible for the budgeting of sports facility projects.

Hippos2020 is a sports and wellbeing center for a new decade, which will be built in an urban environment in Jyväskylä, in the heart of Finland.