HS: Tampere Arena project's main sponsor leaving minor bills unpaid

The company behind the arena project said decisions about the facility's naming rights were still being discussed.

Artistic rendering of the Tampere Arena, which is scheduled to open to the public in December. Image: SRV/ Credit TomorrowAB / Studio Libeskind/ Aihio arkkitehdit

The naming rights sponsor of the Tampere Arena project, technology firm Uros, has failed to pay several small bills since July, according to newspaper Helsingin Sanomat.

The paper said it obtained the information about the company's unpaid bills from the digital business information firm Asiakastieto, adding that small overdue notices were issued in the summer and autumn.

Based in Oulu, Uros is the Tampere Arena project's main sponsor and once built, there are plans to put the company's logo above the facility's entrance.

However, the company's financial situation is uncertain. Among other problems, news agency STT reported that Uros faced paying around 15 million euros to debtors including the state treasury, Nordea Bank and the OP Oulu bank, which had filed claims at Helsinki District Court.

Uros produces and sells mobile solutions and industrial internet systems, devices and services. The firm said last spring it had moved its headquarters from Oulu to Switzerland. At the time, the company had nearly 100 employees. However, HS reported (siirryt toiseen palveluun)that according to the Finnish Patent and Registration Office, Uros was still based in Finland.

The company behind the Arena project is expected to decide on the naming rights sponsorship, with the firm's CEO Marko Hurme telling Yle that the matter was still pending.

Uros executives have not issued statements about the company's financial status to Yle, despite numerous requests for comments.

The Tampere Arena is a 13,455 capacity multi-purpose stadium located in the centre of the city, and is scheduled to open to the public in December.