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About Seddon Park

Recognised as one of the cricket world’s best “boutique” grounds, Seddon Park is the home of cricket in Hamilton. It is managed by H3, a unit within Hamilton City Council, and is located on the edge of Hamilton’s central business district, a few minutes walk from Victoria Street, the city’s main street.

DID YOU KNOW?

Since the challenge was first set last year, four Tui six catches have been successfully made at Seddon Park! The catches were made by the following fans:

  • Michael Morton (West Indies v Blackcaps on 8 January 2014)
  • Jatinder Singh (India v Blackcaps on 22 January 2014)
  • Travis Committie (South Africa v Zimbabwe on 15 February 2015)
  • Stu Chapman (Blackcaps v Bangladesh on 13 March 2015)

The headquarters for Northern Districts Cricket Association and the Northern Knights, Seddon Park hosts several international fixtures every season. It’s a regular stop for touring teams competing against New Zealand’s Black Caps in five-day Test cricket, One Day Internationals or T20 matches, with a crowd capacity of 10,500 people.

Tree-lined grassy banks around two-thirds of the ground give Seddon Park a distinct “village green” feel, and were noted as one of its striking features by influential cricket magazine The Cricketer, which in 2012 rated it as one of the 20 best Test cricket venues in the world.

It is equipped with four floodlight, which are used for day-night matches at both domestic and international level.

In 2014, the ground was refurbished: half of the pitch block was re-laid with new clay, new drainage installed in the outfield, and the pavilion was extended to incorporate the needs of modern cricket, with larger changing rooms and facilities for players and match officials. Meeting rooms for community use were also part of the refurbishment, and the project.

First designated for recreational use in 1864, in 1906 the ground was named after former New Zealand Prime Minister Richard Seddon. It was first used for First Class cricket during the 1956/57 season, was first used for international cricket in 1981, and became an Test cricket venue in 1991, when New Zealand played Sri Lanka. A year later, the ground hosted two matches as part of the 1992 Cricket World Cup, and in 2015, three ICC Cricket World Cup matches were held at Seddon Park.

Seddon Park has several rooms available for private functions, including meetings, birthday parties, weddings, cultural events and other celebrations. For more information on how to book a room at Seddon Park, click here.