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McLean ParkTe papa rēhia o McLean

The jewel in the crown of Napier’s suite of sportsgrounds, McLean Park is the home ground of the Hawke's Bay Rugby Union (Magpies) and the Central Districts Cricket Association (Stags). Six light towers light the park for night games. Capacity is currently close to 20,000.

Rugby, cricket, major events...

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.

The park's main 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.

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.

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.

View the McLean Park Seating Layout

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McLean Park images

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.

Conditions of Entry

Events at McLean Park stadium are governed by the following standards. These are enforced to ensure the safety, comfort and enjoyment of spectators and players.

Stadium hirers may impose additional conditions for individual events.

What can I bring to the stadium?

  • Sealed plastic bottles containing non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Small amounts of food for personal consumption.
  • Thermos flasks with hot beverages.
  • Cameras and video recorders for non-commercial purposes.
  • Radios, CD players etc may only be used with earphones.

Stands

  • One soft-sided bag only per person is allowed in seated areas. This bag must fit under your seat.

Grassed areas only

  • Chilly bins, picnic baskets, prams, pushchairs.
  • Low beach-type chairs. No standard size chairs that may restrict viewing for other seated spectators.

What am I not allowed to bring into the stadium?

All spectators and their possessions may be subject to searchers before entering the stadium. Searches may also be carried out during an event or when leaving the stadium. Prohibited items will be confiscated. These include but are not limited to those listed below:

  • Alcohol
  • Illicit drugs
  • Glassware and cans
  • Unsealed bottles and containers
  • Sound amplifiers including loud hailers
  • Animals, with the exception of seeing eye dogs
  • Flares, fireworks, laser pointers except in the case of approved licensed operators
  • Knives, firearms and other items that could be used as dangerous weapons
  • Skateboards, roller blades, scooters and bicycles
  • Obscene, offensive or abusive signs or banners.

Stadium Entry

Spectators may be refused entry or evicted if they:

  • Have no valid entry ticket or accreditation pass
  • Appear intoxicated or under the influence of drugs
  • Fail to comply with staff or security requests, including searches
  • Are in possession of prohibited items
  • Are verbally or physically abusive or behave in an offensive manner
  • Throw any missile
  • Have been previously evicted from the event or have been served with a trespass notice
  • Enter or attempt to enter inside the playing boundary fence before, during or after the event
  • Sit or stand in aisles or block emergency doors or emergency exits
  • Enter areas without appropriate accreditation, such as player, media, sponsor and operational zones.

Failure to comply with any of the above may result in eviction from the venue and/or arrest and/or the issuing of a trespass notice.

No Smoking

  • McLean Park is a smokefree venue

General

  • For the safety and security of patrons, surveillance cameras are in use throughout the park.
  • Patrons must not sit or stand in aisles, block entry doors or emergency exits.
  • No pass-outs, unless the event operates to an agreed re-entry system with valid ticket.
  • Umbrellas may not be raised in the grandstands.
  • Patrons with umbrellas on the embankment may be asked to drop them if obstructing the view of others.
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