Final piece of the Hagley Oval Cricket Precinct

The Sir Richard Hadlee Sports Centre is now open, completing the final piece of the Hagley Oval cricket precinct – a journey that started in the mid ’90s.

Sir Richard unveiled the new facility last month, longside Canterbury Cricket Trust (CCT) Chair, Lee Robinson, Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel and Stephen and Heather Boock whose purchase of the former Horticultural Centre originally launched the project off the ground.

The Sir Richard Hadlee Sports Centre is a product of $4.65 million of fundraising including donations from the New Zealand cricket community, The Sir Richard Hadlee Sports Trust, Sir Stephen Tindall, Glenn and Lynne Ritchie, Mark Stewart, and more.

It completes the Hagley Oval Cricket Precinct which has fundraised approximately $20 million in total since 2014.

Sir Richard says he is honoured that the world-class facility bears his name.

“It’s a true honour and a wonderful legacy that will benefit thousands. This centre will accommodate the next generation of cricketers.

“Future Black Caps and White Ferns will walk through these doors as they start out on their cricketing journey. This is where lifelong connections will be formed and dreams will begin.” The facility features 3.6-metre cricket lanes with 20-metre run-ups, a 300 square metre mezzanine floor with gender-neutral changing rooms and a balcony facing the Hagley Oval.

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