Seddon Park Upgrades

In January 2005 Hamilton faced the distinct possibility of no longer hosting international cricket.  Hamilton City Council consulted New Zealand Cricket and embarked on a major upgrade to include a new pitch block, new outfield and a new practice block to comply with the venue standards required.

The Main Block:

In the main block Waikari clay was the preferred choice, and provided a 'fast tracked' yet sophisticated maturity. 

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Complete excavation of the pitch block to a depth of 150mm.First layer of clay compacted with 12-ton roller.The clay was reinserted into the excavated hole it came from.

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To build up density, a massive amount of rolling (150 hours!) was done with 12-ton roller.Laser levelling of block in preparation for sewing. Then new grass was sewn!  

 

The Outfield:

The outfield had suffered from drainage problems for some time, 13 kms of sand slits and a sand carpet cover of 40mm over the top remedied this.

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Slits established in outfield. This was achieved with a ‘whiz wheel’.A close up of a slit, with pea metal and sand over the top.The slits were spaced 1 metre apart .

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Black Caps Training Camp

The sand carpet being applied. ‘Brushing’ the sand.The sand carpet was laid in 5 lots of 8mm at a time. Grass was sewn through each layer.The Black Caps were among the first to test out both the pitch and the outfield.

New Practice Area:

The new practice area was required to meet the demands of international cricket.  This in itself was another major project and started with a pile of clay shipped up by train from Christchurch.

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Installation of drainage pipes and irrigation.Building the base using sports chip.Laser levelling of base in preparation for sewing.