|Former names||WestpacTrust Park|
|Location||Hamilton Central, Hamilton, New Zealand|
|Renovated||1999 - Floodlight towers installed|
|Owner||Hamilton City Council|
|Capacity||10,000 with flexibility to 30 000|
|Field size||Full Cricket Oval|
|Northern Districts Knights|
Seddon Park is a cricket ground in Hamilton, the 4th largest city in New Zealand and is renowned for its "village green" setting, affording a picnic atmosphere for spectators. It is the 4th largest Cricket Ground (seating capacity and 3rd largest 'true' oval) in New Zealand. The Stadium was named after the former New Zealand Prime Minister Richard John (King Dick) Seddon. It has also been known as Trust Bank Park (1990-1997), WestpacTrust Park (1997-2003) and Westpac Park (2003-2006). In 2006, Westpac Trust Bank NZ decided to end its sponsorship of a number of different sporting events and grounds in New Zealand and the stadium has reverted to its original name of Seddon Park starting in the 2006/2007 season.
Seddon Park is round. Originally outfitted for cricket, Seddon Park is a well-grassed stadium with a centre block of 9 pitches, running approximately North/South. These are usually very good batting tracks. There is an embankment going around three-quarters of the perimeter and, outside this embankment is a tall hedgerow. Seddon Park has a flexible stadium environment that can be modified to fit-for-purpose. The ground has been used for hockey, rugby and rugby league matches.
Usage and Statistics
Seddon Park has been used for First Class Cricket since the 1956/1957 season, coinciding with the formation of the Northern Districts Cricket Association. The ground is used for hosting Twenty20 International matches, One Day International matches as well as Test matches. It has hosted a total of 6 T20Is, 22 ODIs and 20 Test matches. The first ODI played here was between New Zealand and India on 15 February 1981, which New Zealand won by 57 runs. The first Test Match was played on February 22-26 1991, between New Zealand and Sri Lanka, which was a draw.
Stephen Fleming has the highest test score on the ground, 192 versus Pakistan in 2003, and holds the highest aggregate for the ground of 789 runs.
The ground was also used for one season in 2001 for the majority of Waikato and Chiefs rugby home games. Temporary stands were raised for the games. Rugby returned to the newly built Waikato Stadium for the following year.
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