Tag Cricket Grounds
New Zealand are to co-host the 2015 Cricket World Cup along with Australia and if they have to get a good chunck of matches - they have to rebuild several of their stadiums, if not construct few more stadiums.
Kiwi cricket stadiums are hitec but most of them co-host Rugby matches wih cricket which means their spectator capacity is too low. Most of grounds have removable pitches which is interesting in itself.
following is a look at all major cricket venues in New Zealand..
AMI Stadium, Christchurch : Lancaster Park renamed to Jade Stadium in Christchurch only to be renamed to AMI Stadium in August 2007, this is one of the best cricket grounds in New Zealand with facilities of Floodlights and capacity of some 35,000 fans at once. See Seating Map. Stands are made as such that spectators feel very close to real action at the center of the field.
Basin Reserve, Wellington : With a distinctive name and capacity of less than 20 thousand spectators, Basin Reserve cricket ground in Wellington has been an old sporting venue (established 1868) in New Zealand. Naturally, it has been a premier test match ground for New Zealand cricket.
Westpack Trust Stadium, Wellington : named after Westpac bank which paid for the renovation work - this stadium is second cricketing venue in New Zealand and hosts only One day internationals or T20 games as Basin Reserve ground kilometers away gets the longer version of International games.
McLean Park, Napier : is a smallish ground but frequenty hosts international test matches and one day internationals. Baunadries are not long, with grounds dimention more square than oval shaped and batsmen usually enjoy here.
Eden Park, Auckland : Set to become the only 2nd stadium to host two Rugby World Cup finals in 2011 - Eden Park stadium in Auckland in New Zealand is a multipurpose stadium with facilities of both cricket and Rugby.. with a capacity of over 40 thousand spectators at a time. official website = www.edenpark.co.nz
Seddon Park, Hamilton : in addition to Westpac stadium in Wellington, Westpack trust bank also owns this ground which was originally named after former New Zealand PM. Ground is made with picnic spot in mind which means only a capacity of 10,000 spectators at a time but with plenty of fun as the cricket is played.. Seddon Park cricket ground in Hamilton hosts Day-Night ODIs frequently.
Note : New Zealand also has three International level cricket grounds as Carisbrook & the University oval in Dunedin along with Queenston Event Centre in Queenston.