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Centennial Event Centre

Adjacent to McLean Park, the centre can host large-scale banquets, sporting events, trade shows and concerts. Floor area is 1,390m², ceiling height almost 11m, maximum capacity is 1200. It also has a commercial kitchen, dining room, meeting rooms and conference lounges.

Centennial Event Centre

The outside of the main entrance to Rodney Green Centennial Event Centre.The Centennial Event Centre is one of Hawke's Bay's principal indoor sporting and events venues. Built in 1959 it has been developed as a flexible facility to provide for a wide range of uses. It serves as a venue for large scale dinners, numerous sporting events, trade shows and concerts, and is a core part of Napier's sporting and event infrastructure.

Facts at a glance:

  • Floor area approximately 1,390m²
  • Floor to ceiling height approximately 10.775metres
  • Bookable commercial kitchen, dining room, meeting rooms and conference lounges in immediate proximity
  • Maximum capacity for 1,200 people
  • Sprung wood floor marked for most major indoor sports.
  • Immediately adjacent to the internationally renowned McLean Park sports stadium
  • Spectator seating for approximately 200 people.


The new sports stadium was to be built to celebrate Napier's first 100 years. but the planning for it commenced at a Council meeting on 28 April 1958.


From 1959 the Centennial Hall served the community for many years as a premier events venue for sports events, large scale balls, dinners and shows, but as time went on and the city offered other venues for social functions, the Centennial Hall served more and more as an indoor sports stadium meeting the needs of community based events such as basketball, volleyball, badminton and table tennis.

During the mid to late nineties it was recognised that the Centennial Hall was struggling to meet a base level of standards required for players and spectators, even at this community level. The future of the venue was examined and it was recognised that the Centennial Hall had a continued niche to fill in the community as a centrally located sporting and event venue.

The McLean Park Trust Board was established in 1997, with the objective to develop and upgrade the McLean Park complex with a view to providing the Hawke's Bay Region with a multi-use facility to serve the needs of the public.

At this same time the plans to build the Pettigrew Green Arena in conjunction with the EIT at Taradale, were being introduced to the community. The Arena would be a large scale multi sport and events indoor centre servicing the entire Hawke's Bay Region. Napier City Council and the McLean Park Trust put the plans to upgrade McLean Park Complex on hold to avoid a clash of fundraising whilst the Council supported the drive to see the Pettigrew Green Arena constructed. Pettigrew Green Arena was opened in April 2003.

The redevelopment of the Centennial Hall, a $1.4million project was then planned in two stages with a work programme tailored to have the least impact on the users of the venue. Stage One, which was completed in 2003, saw major alterations to the entrance foyer, toilet facilities, storage area (for regular users) and the provision of additional service rooms on the mezzanine floor.

In mid 2004 Stage 2 of the redevelopment was started. This saw the strip out and refit of the kitchen and dining rooms, changing and toilet facilities, mezzanine floor and the main body of the hall itself. A key design concept of this stage was to ensure that the venue was flexible in its use options to enable equal access to facilities from either the hall itself or from McLean Park.

In order to complete the interior refit, the seating area of the Centennial Stand that faces onto McLean Park also required major work including vast quantities of structural steel and waterproofing. During this final stage the venue was closed to users for a period of time before being used for a New Zealand vs Australia one day cricket match on 5 March 2005, and then for two subsequent weekends for volleyball tournaments.

The official re-opening on 28 May 2005 showed the community an updated and modernised Centennial Hall.

The Centennial Event Centre continues to be a valuable part of the McLean Park Complex, and was used extensively during the Rugby World Cup in 2011, for local Hawke's Bay Rugby Union fixtures, and New Zealand Cricket and Central Districts Cricket games. It is used for local sport include basketball, volleyball, table tennis, badminton, skating, roller derby, futsal and Kiwi Seniors. A number of local high schools have held their school balls in the main hall, along with bird shows, cat shows, hairdressing competitions and hot rod car shows. The Hawke's Bay Home and Garden Show is an annual event attracting thousands of visitors to the centre.

Future Plans

The next major planned project is to replace the timber sports floor in the Centennial Event Centre main hall.


Centennial Event Centre

Centennial Event Centre Fees and Charges approved for 1 July 2023 to 30 June 2024.

All fees and charges are inclusive of GST (except as noted *).

Centennial Event Centre Fee (incl GST)
Note: Times of Hire: Morning is 8.00am to 1.00pm, Afternoon is 1.00pm to 6.00pm, Evening is 6.00pm to 11.00pm and Full Day is 8.00am to midnight (unless specified otherwise).
Note: Performance Bond: Payment of a performance bond is required to confirm a booking. This bond will be refunded after the hire date, less any unpaid hire fees and additional costs incurred by Napier City Council as a result of actions or negligence of the hirer. The performance bond will be refunded if the booking is cancelled at least 30 days before the first hire date.
Note: Seasonal Hire: A booking for 20 or more sessions over one year (a session is a morning, afternoon, or evening).
Note: Public Holidays: Additional costs incurred by Napier City Council for bookings on public holidays will be on-charged to the hirer.
Note: Discount for Sports Tournaments. Only applies if the tournament's principal venue is the Centennial Event Centre. Discount may be negotiated at the time of booking with the Manager of Sport and Recreation, based on economic benefit the tournament brings to the city.
Local Sports Bodies - Seasonal Hire
Performance Bond*$695.00 
Morning or Afternoon$128.00 
Full Day$342.00 
Sports Bodies, Not for Profit, and Local Community Benefit
Performance Bond*$695.00 
Morning or Afternoon$300.00 
Full Day$799.00 
Performance Bond*$695.00 
Morning or AfternoonPOA 
Evening to MidnightPOA 
Full Day to MidnightPOA 
Per hour after midnightPOA 

Additional Facilities Fee (incl GST)
Performance Bond*$232.00 
Morning or Afternoon$80.90 
Full Day$196.00 
Dining Room
Performance Bond*$232.00 
Morning or Afternoon$69.50 
Full Day$151.00 
Combined Kitchen and Dining Room
Performance Bond*$232.00 
Morning or Afternoon$104.10 
Full Day$255.00 
Meeting Room
Performance Bond*$232.00 
Morning or Afternoon$69.50 
Full Day$151.00 
Changing Rooms
Male and female per day$46.20 
BasketBall Hoops
Price estimates or quotations provided on applicationPrice on Application 
Cleaning and other services during hire period (per hour)$52.10 
Napier City Council Wardens
Senior Floor Attendant (per hour)$69.50 
Floor Protection Cover (Carpet Tiles)
Price estimates or quotations provided on applicationPrice on Application 

Booking Inquiries

All booking inquiries can be made by completing the form below, or by sending an email to the address listed below:

Centennial Events Centre Booking Form

 Email Us

Centennial Event Centre Location Map


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