Äänekoski Areena Pankkari

An active city of sports and culture, Äänekoski celebrated the opening of a new multi-purpose arena called Äänekoski Areena Pankkari in 2019. Pankkari brings the players of various sports together in a new and highly practical facility.




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Pankkari is located along National Road 4, close to various services. The arena is easy to reach from many different directions. Pankkari’s primary purpose is to provide versatile premises for various hobbies. The arena can be used to host basketball, floorball, futsal, badminton and volleyball events at the national league level. The arena also includes a warm-up area.

An adaptable space for hosting various events

With a total floor area of 1,613 square metres, the main arena in Pankkari can be adapted for various events. With seating for 1,300 people, the arena can host events such as concerts, fairs and galas as well as matches and tournaments at the national league level. Pankkari’s restaurant and meeting facilities can be used to provide intermission services as well as host meetings and events. There is also a private bowling alley at Äänekoski Areena Pankkari. The eight-lane bowling alley features state-of-the-art technology.

The arena was designed to be accessible and to cater to a wide range of users. Moving around inside the arena is easy for everyone.

A significant investment in sports

“We now have a new sports arena in Äänekoski that is everything we had hoped for. The new facilities have a significant positive impact on the recreational and sporting opportunities of children, young people and adults alike. We also get users from the surrounding region, not just Äänekoski. Pankkari Areena hosts high-level basketball games and it really is a great venue for that. We are very satisfied with the arena’s versatile and adaptable space as well as Lehto’s turnkey design and construction service.” Matti Tuononen, Mayor of Äänekoski


Large roof elements expedited the on-site construction stage

Lehto’s own prefabrication resources were used to build Pankkari’s roof structures. The arena’s roof structures are made from Lehto’s large roof elements, which are manufactured at our production plants in Finland.

The large roof elements are built in controlled and dry factory conditions and subsequently transported in packages to the construction site for installation. Prefabrication expedites the on-site construction stage, improves quality and ensures an unbroken dry supply chain.

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