Top European badminton will return to Finland next year when Finland will host even two European Championships during the same spring. The first of these top events will take place in February when the best men’s and women’s teams in Europe will be crowned in the EMWTC and then In April, on week 17, an unprecedented spectacle is upon us when the flagship event of the entire European Badminton – the European Championships – will be played for the first time in Finland. The best male and female players and pairs in Europe will be crowned in Vantaa.
-Badminton Finland wants to make badminton the sport phenomenon of this decade in Finland and international top events are in the very core of implementing our strategy. Top events also play a major role in developing the Finnish badminton clubs. We believe that next year Covid-19 will be under control and we can offer Finnish badminton clubs and sports fans the opportunity to see the best players in Europe and in the world on site in these great home tournaments, says Ville Valorinta, CEO of Badminton Finland.
-Our co-operation with the City of Vantaa has intensified year by year and I am really glad that the European badminton crown jewel will be hosted specifically in Vantaa. Energia Areena as the venue makes it possible to host a top-level event for Europe’s brightest stars, partners and the badminton fans, he continues.
Hosting European Championships means an economic impact of approximately 400 000 euros to the Vantaa economic area.
-European Championships are the culmination of a long collaboration between Vantaa and Badminton Finland. We are very pleased to have the competition in Vantaa Energia Areena, which has already proven its functionality as the best indoor sports arena in Finland, comments Veli-Matti Kallislahti, Sports Director of Vantaa.
The Energia Arena, located in Myyrmäki and completed in 2006, is a 2500-square-meter multi-purpose hall with a spectator capacity of 3500. In addition to sporting events, the hall hosts trade fairs and concerts. Energy Arena has been awarded with the Ministry of Education Sports Place of the Year Award.
European Championships will be played in Vantaa, Finland April 25-30, 2022.
Pictured CEO of Badminton Finland Ville Valorinta and Sports Director Veli-Matti Kallislahti, City of Vantaa.