Trafalgar Park, Nelson
|Location||Nelson, New Zealand|
|Owner||Nelson City Council|
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. 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. 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.
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|
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