McLean Park

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McLean Park

Here is a map of McLean Park. It is in Napier, near the city and the sea.

McLean Park has four stands - the Harris, Chapman, Graham Lowe and Centennial Stands. It also has an embankment where there are no seats. It has six floodlights for day -night games. It doesn't have a permanent big screen.

In 1912 at McLean Park you could fit 1000 spectators and now you can fit 10,000 spectators on the embankment and in total 19,700 spectators in McLean Park.

McLean is the home ground for Hawke's Bay rugby and the Central Districts cricket as they are the only sports played on the ground.

Rugby World Cup games have been played there in 1987 and 2011.

The new Graham Lowe stand opened in 2009.

Rugby World Cups.

Rugby World Cup games have been played there in 1987 and 2011. In 2011 France played Canada and I presented the Man of the Match to Louis Picamoles from France.

Canada also played Japan at McLean Park.

All the matches were sellouts.

History of McLean Park

The park is named after a man by the name of Donald McLean who as native minister and government land commissioner purchased a large block of the land from the Maori in the early days of European settlement in this area. in the early years the Highland Society was very strong and the park was mainly used for athletics and highland dancing.

In 1905 a trust was formed to remember Donald. That is why the park was built.

During the 1931 earthquake, water was pumped from wells at the park and the area was used as a dressing station where doctors worked around the clock to dress the wounds of injured people.

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This is a picture of Hawkeye, the Hawke's Bay rugby mascot, during the 1960s and 70s when Hawke's Bay was really good at rugby. They held the Ranfurly Shield for 3 years from 1966 to 1969. The games were played at McLean Park.