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The Pavilion takes shape

Despite numerous deluges of rain, the Pavilion is on track for a September completion date. The lift shaft is in, the second storey is taking shape and the embankment has been seeded and is starting to grow. We are now preparing for the next stage which will see the roof go on.

Finishing upstairs concrete work

The Hagley Oval will be the first anchor project to be completed in the city and will mark a significant milestone in seeing the reinstatement of international cricket to the region after an eight year drought. It is exciting to see the progress on the Pavilion. A year ago we did not have resource consent, we had no funding and adverse public perceptions to contend with. What a great example of what Cantabrians can achieve when we put our mind to it!

The build is now at a stage where we can really get a feel for how the ground and more specifically how the Pavilion will look and feel. Roll on summer and the start of our international fixtures.

A Room with a view

Ground view

The view from the Lounge is looking pretty good too. Roll on summer and the sound  of leather on willow.


Hagley Oval Pavilion Memberships are still available. This is your chance to be one of only 250 people to have the pleasure of watching first class cricket from the comfort of the Hagley Oval Pavilion. By taking up a Hagley Oval Membership you will receive:

– Membership for five yearsHagley Oval Membership
– Entry to all Canterbury Cricket Association games until April 2020
– Entry to all New Zealand international games until April 2020
– Entry to all ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 games held at Hagley Oval (conditions apply)

We encourage cricket fans to seriously think about the membership opportunity. Not only do you get the chance to attend some great cricket, but you will be supporting the city’s future and sport in Canterbury.

If you or someone you know may be interested in a Hagley Oval Pavilion membership, please talk to one of our Trustees or visit www.hagleyoval.co.nz


A Royal Visit

In April, Christchurch had the pleasure of hosting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. At an ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 hosted event in Latimer Square, the Royal couple not only got to play a spot of cricket and receive some tips from Sir Richard Hadlee and Debbie Hockley, they also had the pleasure of seeing the plans for the new Hagley Oval.

Chairman of the Canterbury Cricket Trust, Lee Robinson, joined by Canterbury Cricket’s Chief Executive, Lee Germon, and various New Zealand Cricket representatives got to showcase the vision for the new Hagley Oval as the opening venue for the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2015. The Duke and Duchess were extremely interested in seeing the development of the Oval and commended Canterbury on their strong vision for the future of the city.

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Oval to showcase historic Umpires Pavilion Heritage New Zealand are delighted that the humble Category 2 Canterbury Cricket Umpires’ Association Pavilion has been taken into account when designing the Hagley Cricket Oval. The small timber pavilion was erected in 1864 on the first Canterbury Cricket Club’s grounds, called Dilloway’s, in order to be ready in time for the first representative match. After being moved to the Oval in 1869 it has been the centre piece of the ground continually linking the present with the past. Its history provides the building with cultural and social significance as one of the earliest structures associated with sporting activity in the Canterbury province, the oldest cricket pavilion in New Zealand and now it is also a proud heritage survivor of the Canterbury earthquakes. Germon believes that it was imperative that the Hagley Oval retained, and if possible, increased the importance of the Umpires Pavilion saying that the ground has been designed to showcase the pavilion with the continuous embankment being interrupted to provide a viewing tunnel for the pavilion. ‘The design of the new pavilion is compatible with the Umpires Pavilion as the former will be clearly recognisable as being associated with the sport of cricket in the same way that the Umpires Pavilion is. The design of the new pavilion has been developed to complement and enhance the traditional architecture of the Umpires Pavilion’ says Germon. Both Heritage New Zealand and Canterbury Cricket Association believe the pavilion stands as a memorial to the pioneers of Canterbury Cricket and the “jewel” of Hagley Park. www.hagleyoval.co.nz Canterbury Cricket Trust, PO Box 36632, Merivale, Christchurch 8146

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