Used for both Cricket and Rugby Union, McLean Park was named after Sir Douglas McLean who originally donated the land in 1911. In Cricket, the ground is used by Central District/Central Stags for occasional Plunket Shield, Ford Trophy and Super Smash matches. The first Test match was played at the ground in 1979, with ODI’s introduced in 1982 and International T20 in 2017. Pool matches at both the 1992 and 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup were played at McLean Park, with the venue also being known as the world’s easternmost Test venue.
In Rugby Union, McLean Park is the home of the Hawkes Bay Magpies in the Mitre 10 Cup. The ground is also an alternative home venue for the Hurricanes competing in Super Rugby. New Zealand Maori have played several matches at the venue, with the All Blacks themselves playing a 51-10 victory over Samoa here in 1996 and a 28-6 win over Argentina in the Rugby Championship in 2014. Two matches at both the 1987 and 2011 Rugby World Cup’s were also played at McLean Park.
Tickets at McLean Park
Hurricanes (Super Rugby) – Tickets to see the Hurricanes in Super Rugby are available through their ticketing supplier, Ticket Rocket by clicking here.
Hawke’s Bay (Mitre Cup) – Tickets to see Hawke’s Bay in the Mitre 10 Cup are available through their ticketing supplier, Ticket Rocket by clicking here.
Central Districts (Plunket Shield/Ford Trophy) – Central Districts matches in the Plunket Shield and Ford Trophy are free entry.
Central Stags (McDonald’s Super Smash) – Tickets for Central Stags matches are available to purchase through Ticketek here.
New Zealand Cricket International’s – Tickets for New Zealand International matches played at Hagley Park will be available through Ticketek here.
Location & Travel to McLean Park
Bay Oval is located in Napier in the Hawke’s Bay region on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island.
Airport – Hawke’s Bay Airport is located just 6 kilometres north of Napier. The airport just has regular domestic flights to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. The closest international airport’s are either Auckland or Wellington, which are both about a 4 to 5 hour drive from Napier.
A taxi or shuttle bus service will likely cost about $25 per journey.
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Walk – Given its central location to Napier, the quickest way of reaching McLean Park from the city is to walk. Being just a kilometre from the centre, you can walk via Nelson Crescent in about 15 minutes.