Seddon Park - history - seddon park

By: Seddon Park  05-Apr-2012

Seddon Park has undergone a number of name changes in its proud history.

The venue was originally known as Seddon Park, having been named after former New Zealand Prime Minister Richard John (King Dick) Seddon. In 1990 the oval was renamed Trustbank Park following a major renovation and construction of the present pavilion, sponsored by Trustbank Waikato. In 1997 a merger between Westpac and Trust Bank meant the renaming of the ground to WestpacTrust Park in line with the new bank's name and subsequently a further change was made to Westpac Park.

The ground is located close to the centre of Hamilton - NZ's fourth largest city 150 kilometres south of Auckland - and is renowned for its "village green" setting, affording a picnic atmosphere for spectators. Seddon Park is considered one of the country's finest international cricket venues.

Seddon Park has been the home of the Northern Districts' Cricket Association since the Association was formed for the 1953 season. It became NZ's newest test venue in the 1990/91 season when New Zealand and Sri Lanka played out a drawn match.

In 2005/06 to comply with the requirements of international cricket, Seddon Park undertook a major upgrade. This included a new wicket block, completely upgraded outfield and a new outdoor practice facility. The result of this saw Seddon Park allotted two one day internationals v Sri Lanka and v Australia for the 2006/07 season.

At capacity for cricket matches the venue holds 11,500 people.

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Seddon Park - South Africa highlight international season

Seddon Park fans get the opportunity to see them clash with the Black Caps in a Twenty/20 International and a traditional 5 day Test Match. Cricket fans should flock to Seddon Park this summer to see the touring South African Cricket team in action. The team is highly ranked in all forms of the game and always tough competitors. Black Caps v South Africa.


Seddon Park - home

Seddon Park is a purpose-built international quality cricket facility with a village green setting and picnic like atmosphere in the heart of Hamilton City. Seddon Park is home for Northern Districts Cricket and their flagship team the Northern Knights from which a number of players have become Black Caps.


Seddon Park - history - northern districts cricket

There had been periods of strength, especially during the early 1930s when a Waikato XI did very well in the competition for minor associations. Its scope was wider than the Waikato: it drew players from Northland, Thames Valley, King Country, and the Bay of Plenty and Gisborne areas. This strength underscored a regional movement to form an association to play in the first-class competition for the Plunket shield trophy.