The team behind a state-of-the-art new arena in the Finnish city of Tampere has opened a new visiting centre to offer local residents a glimpse into the future venue.

The Tampere Deck and Arena project will see the construction of a new arena that will seat 13,000 to 15,000 people. It is due to open in 2021 and is scheduled to host ice hockey matches and other events.

The Tampere Deck Visit Center recently opened near the construction site of the arena. The scale model provides a look at how the arena will appear once opened. Visitors were also given the chance to learn more about those involved with the project.

Lauri Lyly, Mayor of Tampere, said: “The arena, which will be the first building to be completed in the area, will be a world-class centre for leisure experiences and the starting point for a new and outstanding district of Tampere.

“Tampere Deck connects the east and west sides of the city and brings together live entertainment experiences, housing, jobs and sports in a way that is truly unique. The Visit Center offers a great opportunity to learn about our new landmark in advance and get a taste of what is to come.”

The Visit Center’s scale model stands at over 15 metres wide and seven metres tall. “The large, light-coloured model and its changing lighting showcase the impressiveness and special characteristics of the area’s architectural design,” said Kari Mäkelä, director, project development at SRV.

“The design language of the top architect Daniel Libeskind and the placing of the buildings form a harmonious whole that updates the silhouette of the entire city.”

The Tampere Deck and Arena project will also include a block of residential buildings and connect the east and west sides of the city. The first phase of the project will include the construction of a deck on the south railway yard. The arena, along with a training facility, hotel and two tower blocks, will also be built on the deck. The second phase will include the north deck and three tower blocks.

It is claimed that the Tampere Deck Arena will be the first centre for live entertainment experiences that will be constructed in the heart of a European city.

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