McLean Park is a sports ground in Napier
, New Zealand
. The two main sports played at the ground are cricket and rugby union. It is one of the 10 proper cricket grounds of New Zealand.McLean Park is a sportsground of international standards which includes the main outdoor stadium and the indoor Rodney Green Centennial Events Centre.
The home teams for this ground are the Hawke's Bay
Rugby Union and Central Districts Cricket Association. The two ends of the stadium are named the Centennial Stand End and Embankment End. Its close proximity to the International Date Line makes it the World
's most easterly Test match ground.
It is primarily a one-day venue with square dimensions that allow attacking batsman to score freely especially in the opening overs. There are four covered stands and a large grass bank opposite the Centennial Stand. The wicket tends to slow up throughout the day therefore captains prefer to set targets on this pitch. It has held first class matches since 1952 and six tests since 1979. New Zealand's Test record at the ground is four draws and two losses. It has held at least a single one-day international every season since 1990. The ground has a capacity of 21,000 and the pitch is turf.
The ground is used for hosting both ODIs and Test Matches. It has hosted a total of 5 Tests and 26 ODIs. The first ODI played here was between New Zealand and Sri Lanka
in Rothman's Cup of 1982/83. In this match New Zealand defeated Sri Lanka by 7 wickets.Apart from this, the McLean Park Complex also hosts rugby matches, including one match at the 1987 Rugby World Cup and another at the 2011 Rugby World Cup. It is the home of the Hawkes Bay rugby team in the ITM Cup.
Redevelopment of the park has recently finished and the new Graham Lowe Stand opened on Saturday 1 August 2009 when the Hawke's Bay Magpies opened their Air New Zealand Cup campaign with a win against Auckland
. Redevelopments took just one year to complete. The stand was built for the 2011 Rugby World Cup and to a lesser extent the 2015 Cricket World Cup of which both events will have games at the venue.