Plans to construct a 100,000 person Event Park in Hämeenlinna are going ahead despite waiting for a environmental permit to be approved. Finland’s largest ever festival park, the Kantola Events Facility, will go ahead on the assumption of permission being granted by the Uusimaa Economic, Transportation and Environmental Development Centre (Ely-keskus).
Developers and Hämeenlinna city council are hashing out the details of a five year contract for concerts in the Kantola venue. Meanwhile, promoters such as Live Nation are eagerly observing the outcome, eyeing the 2014 summer season for concerts.
Municipal customer relations head, Päivi Saloranta, says one issue that is proving a challenge is parking. “Parking spots must be in a location that is generally easily accessible by car and from where you can get a smooth ride to the event via shuttle bus,” she says.
“Large concerts require a lot of gear so we also need to think carefully about lorry traffic,” Saloranta adds.
Another complication is that the government has only budgeted 200,000 euros this year to assist with development of events parks. Last year a soil analysis conducted in the area revealed contamination but developers are confident that sufficient layers can be brought in from outside to counter this.
The venue expects to attract up-to 100,000 revellers to some concerts when built.