Kuopio and Jyvaskyla both field teams in the Finnish Premier League. The football is top quality, but the overall size seems almost lilliputian. Here's a picture of the stadium:
If you run your eye up the mid-line to the top of the stands, you'll know where I was sitting. Excellent seat!
The weather was very cold:32 F. "Warming up" here has real meaning for the players. Take a look; notice the amount of snow surrounding the field:
The players worked hard under difficult conditions. The pitch was artificial, looked damp and heavy, yet much of the game was fast paced. The final, unfortunately for my fanatic friends, was 1-1. Here's a moment of the action:
With a kahvi and makkara (coffee and a sausage) at half-time helped me stay warm enough to fully enjoy the game, the people and the countryside. While exhausting, the trip was well worth it! Banzi Kups!