Ground: Vaajakosken keskuskenttä
Date: 18th June 2010
Match: Jyväskylän JK - IFK Mariehamn 0-2 (Veikkausliiga)
Attendance: 2 102
My visit to Vaajakoski was for a Veikkausliiga match between Jyväskylän JK and IFK Mariehamn. Harjun stadion, where JJK normally play, was being rebuilt during the first half of the 2010 season.
For pictures of Harjun stadion please visit the Jyväskylän JK page
Report (Jyväskylän JK - IFK Mariehamn):
Since I was not going to South Africa this summer there was room and time to go somewhere else for a football tour. I had never visited Finland before and when I noticed their top division (Veikkausliiga) play during the World Cup the choice was easy. Matches in Finland are spread out and it was possible to do four matches in Veikkausliiga in four days. After going through train and bus timetables I decided for 3 top division games and 1 in Kakkonen (level 3) though. My journey to Finland started with me boarding the 5.20 train from Kristianstad and two hours later I was in Copenhagen. The flight to Helsinki was on time and shortly after noon local time I arrived in Finland for the first time in my life. The first game on this tour was in Jyväskylä. which is 3 h by train north of Helsinki.
Jyväskylä is probably most famous for hosting the Finnish rally every year. Finland have a proud history when it comes to motorsport and many great rally drivers have been successful in the woods around Jyväskylä. The local football team, Jyväskylän JK (JJK) was for the 2009 season for the first time ever promoted to the top tier of Finnish football. Normally they play their matches at Harjun Stadion but since that ground is being upgraded at the moment JJK are temporarily playing in Vaajakoski, 5 km east of Jyväskylä. Vaajakosken keskuskenttä, where Kakkonen club FC Vaajakoski normally play, has an all-seated main stand with a capacity of around 1 200. For FC Vaajakoski games this is the only stand used but with JJK moving in there are temporary stands on the far side and behind one of the goals.
View of Vaajakosken keskuskenttä
A closer look at the South Stand
View of play
The only away fan!