Eden Park (Auckland)
Eden Park is situated in the heart of Auckland, and is centrally located in the Kingsland suburb.
Eden Park is situated in the heart of Auckland, and is centrally located in the Kingsland suburb. Having hosted the most number of international cricket matches, it is the largest sporting stadium in New Zealand.
The Black Caps have been playing Test cricket at this venue since 1929-30. New Zealand's first Test win, against the West Indies, too came on this very ground in 1955-56. The Eden Park is intrinsically linked to some historic events of New Zealand cricket. It was at the very same venue that the home side collapsed to 26 all out, their lowest ever Test total, against England on 28 March 1955.
Interestingly, this is not just a cricket stadium. Eden Park is home to the extremely popular rugby union as well. Hence, when Eden Park was to be redeveloped, permission had to be sought from the rugby authorities. During initial years, the ground was troubled by financial issues and flooding.
Pavilion at Eden Park is a contrast to the twin ultra-modern grandstands. Each stand has covered seating. Traditionally, the wicket at Eden Park, due to the humid weather, is on the slower side that aids slow and spin bowlers, which is different to other wickets in the country that are famous for their extra bounce.
The shape of this ground, a baseball diamond, is also quite different from that of other cricket grounds across the world. It has in the past, confused several opposition captains with regards to field placements.