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Appeals against the Jyväskylä Hippos project have been rejected by the Administrative Court. Preparations for the project are now in full swing.

"Yes, this is good, if expected, news for the city. The project has been a long time in the making and decisions have been taken carefully. We could therefore have expected positive news for the city," says Mayor Timo Koivisto with satisfaction.

"We shall immediately bring together the project stakeholders and start thinking about the next steps. This is good news for the whole city," says Sandelin. 

Hippos is set to become the most important Nordic centre for physical activity, sport and elite athletics, health promotion, well-being and events. 

In late 2021, the City of Jyväskylä made the final binding decisions on the start of construction and property arrangements for the Hippos project. The City Council's decision on the Hippos shareholders' and shareholders' agreement was appealed to the Administrative Court. The Administrative Court announced today that it had rejected the appeal. The Administrative Court also heard an earlier appeal against a sports scheduling agreement made by the Jyväskylä City Council in November 2020. The Administrative Court announced today that it had dismissed the appeal in its entirety.

The appeals meant that construction could not start as planned in early 2022. 

Initial estimates suggest that construction could start so that the project would be completed between 2025 and 2026.  

More information: Mayor, Timo Koivisto, Mobile phone: +358 50 336 2819 and Director of Business Development and Employment, Anne Sandelin, Mobile phone: +358 40 581 9958