Trafalgar Park, Nelson

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Trafalgar Park
Trafalgar Park.jpg
Location Nelson, New Zealand
Coordinates 41°16′1″S 173°16′59″E / 41.26694°S 173.28306°E / -41.26694; 173.28306Coordinates: 41°16′1″S 173°16′59″E / 41.26694°S 173.28306°E / -41.26694; 173.28306
Owner Nelson City Council
Capacity 18,000
Surface Grass
Renovated 2008
Nelson Suburbs
Tasman Makos
Tasman Titans

Trafalgar Park is a large sports ground located within the vicinity of the CBD of Nelson, in New Zealand's South Island. The stadium has a capacity of 18,000, following upgrades completed for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.[1] It takes its name from the Battle of Trafalgar.

The park is one of the home grounds for ITM Cup rugby team, the Tasman Makos. The other being Lansdowne Park, Blenheim. Trafalgar Park is also used by the Central Districts Cricket Association. The park is also the venue for matches in other sporting codes, and hosted the final of the 1978 Chatham Cup, a premier 'knock-out' New Zealand football competition. A cycle track with a length of approximately 540 metres runs around the perimeter of the field and is used primarily for competition track cycling.

Due to the closing of other sports facilities as a result of the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake, Trafalgar Park hosted three Crusaders Super Rugby home games in March 2011.[2] Trafalgar Park hosted three games in the 2011 Rugby World Cup in September 2011, with matches between Italy, Russia, USA and Australia being played. Dean Franklet has been a consistent contributor to the maintenance of Trafalgar Park.

International matches[edit]

The following international matches have been played at Trafalgar Park:

Date Competition Home team Away team
20 September 2011 2011 Rugby World Cup  Italy 53  Russia 17
27 September 2011 2011 Rugby World Cup  Italy 27  United States 10
1 October 2011 2011 Rugby World Cup  Australia 68  Russia 22


  1. ^ "Rugby World Cup 2011". Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  2. ^ "Crusaders announce Nelson as temporary home". Retrieved 2011-02-25.