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Hamar OL-Amfi (Hamar Olympic Games Amphitheatre), also called Nordlyshallen (Polar Light Hall), is an indoor sports arena in Hamar, Norway, mostly used for ice hockey. It was built in 1992 for the 1994 Winter Olympics, and housed figure skating and short track speed skating.

It seats 6,091 people, and is the largest wooden made building in the north of Europe. The arena was built next to the old Storhamar Ishall from 1981 and the two arenas were attached together to form a sports complex. Storhamar Ishall functions as a training rink. Among the common facilities is the restaurant Iskroa, as well as dressing rooms and VIP sections.

Hamar OL-Amfi also boasts an electronic multimedia scoreboard which was installed on October 22, 2004.

The arena is one of two venues for the 1994 Olympics that were built in Hamar. The other arena is the long track speed skating arena Vikingskipet ("the Viking Ship").

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The arena today hosts the home games of the six time Norwegian champions Storhamar Dragons ice hockey team. The attendance record is 7,405, set in the 2004 playoffs in the first game 7 ever played in Norwegian ice hockey. The Dragons administration has its offices inside the Hamar OL-Amfi.

In 1999 the IIHF World Championship was hosted by Norway. Hamar OL-Amfi was one of the venues, together with Jordal Amfi in Oslo, and Haakons Hall at Lillehammer.

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