Hamar stadion

Hamar stadion is a former athletics, speed skating and bandy stadium in Hamar, Norway. The home ground of Hamar IL,[1] it was owned by Hamar Municipality. It has held seven international speed skating events: the European Speed Skating Championships in 1934, 1948 and 1953, the World Allround Speed Skating Championships for Men in 1952 and 1985, and the World Allround Speed Skating Championships for Women in 1980 and 1991. The stadium has held 13 Norwegian Championships and 11 world records have been set at the venue.[1]

Hamar stadion
Hamar Stadion 13.03.2006.JPG
LocationHamar, Norway
Coordinates60°47′46″N 11°04′45″E / 60.79611°N 11.07917°E / 60.79611; 11.07917Coordinates: 60°47′46″N 11°04′45″E / 60.79611°N 11.07917°E / 60.79611; 11.07917
OwnerHamar Municipality
OperatorHamar IL
Briskeby FL (1933–36)
ISU Speed Skating World Cup
World Allround Speed Skating Championships for Men (1952, 1985)
World Allround Speed Skating Championships for Women (1980, 1991)
European Allround Speed Skating Championships (1934, 1948, 1953)


Hamar stadion in 1996

In 1921, the stadium was leased to Oplandenes Turn- og Idrettspark. After maintenance was diminished and there broke out disagreement between the sports clubs about the use of the stadium, the municipality had to cancel the lease in 1928 and management was transferred to Hamar IL.[2] Until 1936, when Briskeby gressbane opened, Hamar stadion was one of several venues used for the football team Briskeby FL.[3] Because the stadium lacked proper drainage, a new stadium was considered by the politicians at Kvitmyra. A committee was established by the municipal council in 1945, but it concluded that it was better to upgrade the existing stadium, as Hamar had been awarded the 1948 European Speed Skating Championships. The event was seen by 26,000 spectators.[2] During the summer of 1948, grass was laid on the stadium. The stadium also received two change rooms. For a long time during winter, there were regular flood light practices for the public on Wednesdays and Sundays. The inner field was used for bandy, while the running track was used for speed skating.[4]

The record attendance dates from 1952, when 30,000 people watches Hjalmar Andersen set a new world record on the 10,000 meter: 16:32.6, which remained until the 1960 Winter Olympics. The European Speed Skating Championships were held again in 1953, and Dutchman Kees Broekmann characterized the venue as "the Mecca of speed skating". This was in part because of the good quality of the ice. Alf Ingvaldsen was responsible for icing for thirty years from the mid-1940s, and created a vehicle which was able to spread warm water on the top of the surface to polish the ice.[5] The venue has hosted the Norwegian Athletics Championships in 1959 and 1971.[6]

With the opening of Vikingskipet, an indoor speed skating venue, in 1993 for the 1994 Winter Olympics, Hamar stadion no longer was used for international and major speed skating tournaments. In 2007, the city sold the stadium to Sentrumsgården for 320 million Norwegian krone. They will build a combined commercial, shopping and residential complex with 80,000 square meters (860,000 sq ft) of real estate.[7]


  1. ^ a b Bryhn & Tvedt 1990, p. 122
  2. ^ a b Gjerdåker 1998, p. 217
  3. ^ Gjerdåker 1998, p. 53
  4. ^ Gjerdåker 1998, p. 218
  5. ^ Gjerdåker 1998, p. 219
  6. ^ "Main Championships Men" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Athletics Association. Archived from the original on 25 November 2011. Retrieved 25 November 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Bruheim, Magnhil; Indseth, Ingrid Høsøien (2 July 2007). "Hamar stadion solgt". Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 21 February 2011. Retrieved 21 February 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)