Our joint sports and wellbeing centre
Jyväskylä is the sports capital of Finland – the whole city is involved in exercise and its promotion. The new Hippos offers city residents and clubs a great setting for sports and professional training. The area’s current sports facilities are outdated and their renovation is not economically viable.
Most importantly, the new Hippos will provide facilities and training opportunities for a wider range of sports – nearly twenty of them. The number of sports slots available will increase by 50%, as the new sports facilities are modern and adaptable. At the same time, we will have more recreational opportunities for all users. Hobbies and club activities for children and young people will continue in the new premises at a reasonable price.
In addition to the new sports centre, skills centre, ice arena and practice ice rinks, an experiential sports park will be built in the outdoor area.
The long appeal process, which delayed the project, was completed in February 2023. Hippos Ky, a company owned by the City of Jyväskylä and Sepos Oy, is now taking the project forward. The delay caused by complaints has changed the conditions for the start of the project, so the financial and implementation plans in particular need to be renegotiated. The aim is to get a start-up decision for the project in spring 2023.
Internationally significant and unique Hippos
When completed, Hippos will be not only a meeting place for city’s residents, but also the Nordic region’s most significant centre for exercise, sports from hobby to top-level, health promotion, well-being and events. In addition to this, it will combine physical activity research and technological product development into an internationally significant entity.
With its year-round – and nearly round-the-clock – operations, Hippos will become a national and international attraction factor in Jyväskylä.