Helsinki can expect to set a new Nordic attendance record for outdoor hockey, as there will be more people than the 31,144 that watched Frolunda Indians take on Färjestad at the Gamla Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg last season, the Nordic countries' previous outdoor game in the modern era.
Both teams reported good ice conditions after their practice sessions on Friday, and with the temperature expected to be around five degrees below freezing on Saturday evening, that should continue.
The game has spawned all manner of nostalgic spinoffs on top of the standard tickets going for between 29 and 39 euros and the VIP packages on top. Game-worn shirts will be auctioned off online to raise funds for a multicultural hockey association. The shirts are not festooned with adverts, as Finnish hockey jerseys usually are, so they are expected to be quite collectible.
Not everyone has been entirely happy in the run-up to the match. Jokerit fans were informed by fire officials that the display they had planned was a fire risk and would not be allowed at the stadium. They responded by walking out of their home game against HIFK last Saturday. They will not now organise a display at the Olympic Stadium.
Whatever happens on the ice, the game is likely to be a bit more even than the last match played at the stadium - an 11-0 defeat for Finland against Sweden back in 1941.