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Satama Areena

Located in the City Port (Kantasatama) in Kotka, the new Event Centre Satama will join the network of venues across South and South East Finland in the spring of 2023. One of Event Centre Satama’s key functions is to promote the local event and travel industry in the Kotka area. It adheres to the sustainable development policy of the city of Kotka, supporting the local community and well-being as well as contributing to the city’s vitality and appeal in an environmentally conscious way. Event Centre Satama is constructed by Backstaff Oy and operated by Event Centre Kotka Ltd, both subsidiaries of the city of Kotka.

Event Centre Satama’s unique architecture is the work of ALA Architects. The versatile and adaptable facility is equipped with modern event technology, providing an excellent setting for a great variety of events: concerts, exhibitions, trade fairs, sports events,TV productions, conferences and conventions. Accountability, sustainability and a customer-orientated approach are the cornerstones of EventCentre Satama’s operations. Tailoring its services according to need, Event Centre Satama aspires to provide its customers with unforgettable experiences.

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Event Centre Satama, previously known by its working title Venda, is located in the historically important CityPort just off the Kotka city centre. New construction projects keep this traditional maritime district as a relevant, lively part of the city centre. Together with a hotel, a new university campus and many others, the event centre helps make the district a vibrant, attractive locality. Event Centre Satama boasts a spacious lobby area shared with its neighbouring buildings, a restaurant, meeting rooms and a large, adaptable hall ideal for many types of events. Thanks to its central location, Event Centre Satama is easily accessible whether by foot, by bike, by car or by public transport.

Event centre to be built in the City Port

The City Council decides on the building of an event centre in the Kotka City Port.

Backstaff Oy contracted as constructor

City-owned real estate company Kotkan Julkiset Kiinteistöt Oy’s newly-founded subsidiary Backstaff Oy takes on the construction of the event centre.

Operator appointed for event centre

The City Council decides on the foundation of a sales and marketing company to operate the event centre.

Event Centre Kotka Ltd

Sales and marketing company Event Centre Kotka Ltd is founded and its administrative board nominated.

The first employee recruited

The managing director of Event Centre Kotka is appointed.

Event Centre Satama

The event centre is named Satama Areena (Event Centre Satama). The name was selected from among the entries submitted by students of the South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences in a naming contest.

Building permit

The city environmental committee issues a building permit for Event Centre Satama.

Construction begins

The construction of Event Centre Satama begins after soil cleanup.

Latest news

A fly-through visualisation of Event Centre Satama and the university campus showcases the new buildings of the City Port in virtual reality.

The new event centre to be built in the Kotka City Port now has a name: Satama Areena (harbour arena in English).

In a meeting on 19 November 2020 the Kotka environmental committee granted a building permit for the event centre and the new campus building planned for the City Port area in Kotkansaari.

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Helsinki-based award-winning ALA Architects is responsible for the unique design of Event Centre Satama. ALA Architects specialises in demanding cultural buildings, renovation projects, station design and master planning. ALA Architects approaches its design projects from fresh angles and with innovative solutions.

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For event organizers

For event organisers

Take a closer look at Event Centre Satama and its functions, logistic solutions, technology and adaptable spaces.

For event organisers

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Take a 360-degree virtual tour of Event Centre Satama. You can change perspectives while on tour and inspect Event Centre Satama from every angle.

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Contact info, event production
Minna Nyman
Minna Nyman
Managing Director
+358 40 709 2982
Kotkan Tapahtumakeskus Oy
c/o Kotkan Julkiset kiinteistöt Oy
Keskuskatu 33, 48100 Kotka
Contact info, construction
Satama areenan etuovet
Aleksi Sallinen
Project Manager, Backstaff Oy
+358 40 1440414