HAGLEY OVAL GROUND SPECIFICATIONS
PLAYING DIMENSIONS – 149m x 149m
Please note – all general admission seating is on the grass embankment – we do allow spectators to bring their own deck chairs and we have space allocated for those who wish to do so. Please read the terms and conditions of entry here.
The Hagley Oval celebrates Canterbury’s cricketing past and heralds its future. The ground is set against the stunning natural backdrop of the well-established trees and fields of Hagley Park and the heritage Umpires Pavilion which is a focal point of the ground (East end). The Christchurch Botanic Gardens at the North end of the Oval were founded in 1863 when an English oak was planted to commemorate the marriage of Prince Albert and Princess Alexandra of Denmark. The Gardens sprawl over an area of 21 hectares, lie adjacent to the loop of the Avon River and have a collection of exotic and local plants of New Zealand.
The simplistic, traditional design of Hagley Oval reflects it’s historic cricket roots which date back to 1866. The new oval comes with a host of exciting viewing options from which to enjoy top quality cricket. The pitch is bordered with a rolling grass embankment which blends with ease into the picturesque greenery of the surrounding park. The grass embankment is an average 2.2 metres high and approximately 28metres wide at the base. This gives a magnificent, unrestricted 360 degree view for up to 12,000 spectators. There is also a covered pavilion from which members can sit, while there is plenty of space for premium hospitality marquees on the grass. Additional seating can expand the capacity to 20,000 spectators for international matches.
The ground pays tribute to the cricket history in Canterbury and also provides an exciting opportunity for the future of Canterbury and New Zealand Cricket.
The Hagley Oval wicket block is already receiving excellent reports and for a ‘new’ wicket block has performed exceptionally well with pace and bounce.
The inverted V profile wicket block consists of 11 wickets at approximately 28m long x 34m wide. Six of these wickets are made of Waikari Clay and five are made from Kakanui clay. The clay is covered with ryegrass.
The outfield has been constructed in an inverted saucer profile. It is top dressed with sand and the drainage system consists of slit drains and lateral drains. This ensures water can move quickly away from the ground surface. The outfield is fully irrigated and covered in ryegrass.