Queenstown Events Centre

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Queenstown Events Centre
View of the Queenstown Events Centre Building
Former names John Davies Oval, Davies Park
Location Joe O'connell Drive, Frankton, Queenstown, New Zealand
Owner Queenstown-Lakes District Council
Operator Lakes Leisure
Capacity 19,000
Surface Grass
Tenants
Otago Rugby Football Union, Highlanders, Otago United, Otago Volts

Queenstown Events Centre is a multi-purpose sports stadium located in Queenstown, Otago in the South Island of New Zealand.

Some of the activities that occur at the centre are:

  • Cricket and Rugby at Davies Park
  • Swimming at Alpine Aqualand (which also has a hydroslide)
  • Fitness training at Alpine Health & Fitness
  • Tennis and Netball in the outdoor courts
  • Indoor Netball, Indoor Football and Climbing in the Auditorium[1]

Opened in 1997, the venue is located on Queenstown Lakes District Council–owned land and is a multi-purpose indoor and outdoor venue. The Stadium has a capacity of 19,000 spectators with 6,000 permanent seating and normally 13,000 temporary called in.[2]

Regarded as one of the most spectacular international cricket venues in the world, the ground is located between the foot of the Remarkables and the shores of Lake Wakatipu with Queenstown International Airport's Runway threshold nearby affording amazing views of large aircraft taking off and landing. The venue hosts regular international cricket matches, as well as several Highlanders rugby games,[3] trade shows, exhibitions, seminars and concerts. It is also a "home ground" for Otago Cricket.

On January 1st 2014, at the Queenstown Events Centre New Zealand Black Caps' Corey Anderson broke Shahid Afridi's 17 year old record of the fastest ODI hundred by one ball, scoring his in 36 balls. He eventually ended with an unbeaten 131 that featured 14 sixes and 6 fours [4] Along with Jesse Ryder, he helped New Zealand set the team record for the most sixes in a ODI innings.

Cricket at the Queenstown Events Centre[edit]

A range of formats of the game of Cricket is played at the centre including but not limited to:

  • International one dayers
  • A local Twenty20 competition
  • School cricket
  • Also a social six a side competition

There are also some practice nets near the entrance to the centre.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Activities list". Lakes Leisure. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Queenstown Events Centre (NZ)". Austadiums. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Highlanders rugby playing ground". ©Superxv.com. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Corey Anderson smashes ODI world record bringing up century against West Indies in 36 balls". ABC Grandstand (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 1 January 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 

Coordinates: 45°0′58″S 168°44′18″E / 45.01611°S 168.73833°E / -45.01611; 168.73833