Eden Park

Published: Saturday, January 1, 2000, 18:23 [IST]
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Due to it's more frequent use as a rugby ground the main stadium where international matches take place is shaped like an oblong with slightly curved sides, giving ample chance to score square of the boundary and raising team totals above that of more traditionaly shaped grounds. The terraces are nearly as lively as an Indian stand particularly with the recent founding the 'Beige Brigade' while the main stand provides an excellent view of the entire ground. The number two or outer oval is the only real oval out of the two, the ovals grandstand has a real colonial feel to it. The majority of the seating is grass embankments and the rear of the main stand backs onto the outer oval with a balcony providing a birds-eye view of the action. The ground has been in existence since 1900 and as a cricket venue since 1910.

The Wicket:One of the two drop-in wickets in New Zealand, it is always a good wicket when it gets put into place a few days before the match, the quality on match day is subject to the conditions leading up to it, and being New Zealand the conditions will always mean a bit of swing with the new ball.

The Outfield:As mentioned earlier it has very short square boundaries but due to the length of rugby grounds the straight boundaries are of standard size. The roof of the main stand produces an extreme amount of shade all day and at times even reaches the inner ring; Due to this rain breaks can end a days play before the lunchbreak despite the instalation of special draining equipment in that area of the ground.

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