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McLean Park

New Zealand and Sri Lankan cricketers in action at McLean Park.The McLean Park complex comprises an indoor stadium - the Rodney Green Centennial Event Centre - with an international standard outdoor sportsground and stands.

  • International/National Cricket Wicket (1)

The park's predominant uses are rugby and cricket at international and provincial levels. Other events held on the park have included pipe band contests, displays and marching competitions.

This is the home ground of the Hawke's Bay Rugby Union and the Central Districts Cricket Association. Six light towers light the park for night games.

The park's playing surface is mainly rye grass on a sand carpet. The wicket is based on Tongoio clay and was voted the best wicket in New Zealand by the international players in the 2008/09 playing season.

The park drains quickly and always has a good strong rooted sole of grass which also makes it a top surface for rugby.

Capacity

Seating accommodation at the park has improved from the uncovered stand seating 1000 spectators in 1912 to the present four stands seating 9704. With capacity for approximately 10,000 standing on the embankment, the park can hold a crowd of about 19,700.

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McLean Park Complex Images

New Zealand fielders in action at the ODI cricket, New Zealand vs Sri Lanka on 8th January 2006. First game of the Air New Zealand Cup - HB Magpies vs Canterbury 28 July 2006. Crunching tackle at the first game of the Air New Zealand Cup - HB Magpies vs Canterbury 28 July 2006. Huge crowd turn out for the first game of the Air New Zealand Cup - HB Magpies vs Canterbury 28 July 2006. Good momentum at the first game of the Air New Zealand Cup - HB Magpies vs Canterbury 28 July 2006. First game of the Air New Zealand Cup - HB Magpies vs Canterbury 28 July 2006. Great try saving tackle at the first game of the Air New Zealand Cup - HB Magpies vs Canterbury 28 July 2006. Magpies in a team huddle before the first game of the Air New Zealand Cup - HB Magpies vs Canterbury 28 July 2006. McLean Park at night, holding a cricket ODI. A picture of one of the main stands at McLean Park. Looking towards the Centennial and Chapman stands. Crusty Demons setting up at McLean Park. Aerial view of McLean Park Upgrade 2009. Aerial view of McLean Park Upgrade 2009. Aerial View of McLean Park Upgrade 2009. Aerial view of McLean Park Upgrade 2009. McLean Park from above.

McLean Park Summer Field Layout

Latham Street, Napier South. Standard summer field layout for McLean Park.

McLean Park Winter Field Layout

Latham Street, Napier South. Standard winter field layout for McLean Park.

History

The park is named in memory of Donald McLean who, as Native Minister and Government Land Commissioner, purchased a large block of land from local Maori in the early days of European settlement in this area.

In 1905, a trust was formed to establish a memorial to Sir Donald McLean and to that end, ten acres was purchased for recreational purposes - the future McLean Park. In its early years, the Highland Society was very strong and the park was mainly used for highland games and athletic events.

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