The McLean Park is a multi-purpose sporting arena situated in Napier, New Zealand. The venue mainly hosts Cricket and Rugby games. The stadium has one of the biggest cricketing grounds in New Zealand. The McLean Park along with the outdoor stadium also includes an indoor arena, The Centennial Events Centre. Moreover, the venue is also the World’s easternmost ground lying extremely close to the International Date Line.
The McLean Park stadium, currently, has the capacity to seat as many as 19,700 spectators at a time. The limit cannot be expanded more than that and this limit is reached using temporary seating arrangements. The stadium originally accommodates up to 10,000 people.
McLean Park: Boundary Lengths
The McLean Park stadium has really short boundaries when compared to other grounds. The square boundaries here fall a little shy of 60 meters, specifically measured at 57 meters. The Straight boundaries are comparatively long being 65 meters from the pitch.
The McLean Park Stadium offers a batting-friendly pitch. The drop-in pitch has mostly sided with the team batting first at the venue. Moreover, the quick outfield added with shorter boundaries helps the batting side more when compared to the bowling team.
The McLean Park despite having a name registered in the history of cricket as one of the oldest venue hasn’t warmed up with the T20 format yet. The stadium has hosted only five T20 games yet, and has been batting friendly in each of them. The average first innings score at this venue is recorded at 171. In the second innings, the average score subsequently drops down to 151.
- Highest Recorded Total: 241/3 by England against New Zealand
- Lowest Recorded Total: 165/10 by New Zealand against England
- Highest Score Chased: 177/6 by Pakistan against New Zealand
- Lowest Score Defended: 173/5 by New Zealand against Bangladesh
McLean Park, initially named Sir Donald McLean Park is one of the oldest cricketing grounds and was established in 1952. The cricket ground opened with the New Zealand vs Pakistan test match, back in 1979. The McLean Park hosted its first ODI match in 1983 between New Zealand and Sri Lanka for the Rothman’s Cup. The first T20I happened much later when McLean Park hosted the New Zealand vs Bangladesh game in 2017.