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