Greatly improved drainage and start-of-the-art hybrid turf makes McLean Park suitable for all weathers.
Project commenced: April 9 2018
Project completed: August 2018
Three days after a Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Sharks of South Africa in April 2018, the not-so-hallowed turf of McLean Park was torn up. Bulldozers sliced 45cm of grass and soil from the top (much of it recycled along State Highway 2 just south of the city). All up approximately 300 truckloads – or 11,000m3 of loose soil – were removed.
New stormwater mains and drains were laid. Bidim material was put down. Half a beach worth of sand. Then in July, 130 truckloads of hybrid turf, grown in Pukekohe, made its way south.
The $4.9 million project took 80 days and was completed in August.
The first match on the new McLean? Hawke’s Bay took on Counties-Manukau in a Mitre 10 Cup clash on Sunday 2 September 2018.
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