McLean Park (Napier)

McLean Park ranks among the 10 proper cricket grounds in New Zealand.

Last Updated: Feb 04, 2015, 11:53 AM IST
McLean Park (Napier)

Capacity: 19,700

McLean Park ranks among the 10 proper cricket grounds in New Zealand. The complex consists of an indoor stadium - the Rodney Green Centennial Event Centre – along with an outdoor sports ground and stands.

Considered one of the most batting-friendly wickets in the world, McLean Park is predominantly a venue for ODI cricket. Like most grounds in New Zealand, it hosts cricket and rugby union matches.

In 1979, this venue hosted its first Test match between New Zealand and Pakistan. The two ends of McLean Park are named Centennial Stand End and Embankment End.

McLean Park is lit by six light towers during day-night games. The playing surface is primarily rye grass on a sand carpet. The Tongoio-clay wicket found here was voted the best wicket in New Zealand in the 2008/09 by international cricketers.

This ground also has a reputation for state-of-the drainage system. McLean Park's solid sole of grass makes it a very good cricketing surface.

The close proximity of this stadium to the International Date Line, makes it the most easterly situated cricketing ground in the world.