Lancaster Park, Jade Stadium (1998-2007)
36,500
Yes
Hadlee Stand End, Port Hills End
Canterbury
03:46, Fri Dec 26, 2014 (UTC +1300)
AMI Stadium
 

Records and statistics

New Zealand v England - Jan 10-13, 1930 Scorecard
New Zealand v Sri Lanka - Dec 7-9, 2006 Scorecard
Test records | Results | High totals | High scores | Most runs | Best bowling | Most wickets | Partnerships | Statsguru
New Zealand v Pakistan - Feb 11, 1973 Scorecard
New Zealand v Pakistan - Jan 29, 2011 Scorecard
ODI records | Results | High totals | High scores | Most runs | Best bowling | Most wickets | Partnerships | Statsguru
New Zealand v England - Feb 7, 2008 Scorecard
New Zealand v Pakistan - Dec 30, 2010 Scorecard
T20I records | Results | High totals | High scores | Most runs | Best bowling | Most wickets | Partnerships | Statsguru
Records index

Profile

It is now home to the Canterbury rugby and cricket teams, but a host of other sporting events have taken place there since its ten acres were bought for £2,500 in 1880. Athletics, Davis Cup tennis, swimming, cycling and even trotting, which is light harness racing, have all played their part at the ground. But perhaps the most unusual use of the venue occurred during the second World War when, owing to a decline in sport and an increase in financial difficulties, the ground was turned into a potato patch.

Rain scuppered the first cricket match in 1881, completely washing it out; the inaugural game ended up being played a year later, when an England XI played against Canterbury in front of crowds of 5,000. Now the ground can hold 36,500 but wherever you sit you are close to the pitch.

Summers can be extremely hot in Christchurch, which isn't so pleasant for the fast bowlers, of course, but this didn't stop Sir Richard Hadlee from taking 76 wickets at 21.5 here at his home ground. And he was key to the ground's greatest moment in March 1987 when he ripped through a much-vaunted West Indies batting line-up: they crumbled to 100 and 165, and New Zealand went on to win by five wickets.

Test matches have been held there every year, apart from 1984-85 when the ground was rested after the pitch was severely criticized.

The ground has undergone two name changes. Originally Lancaster Park, it was renamed Jade Stadium in 1998. In 2007, it was renamed AMI Stadium after the insurance company acquired the naming rights. There are plans to increase the seating capacity before the 2015 World Cup.
Jenny Thompson August 2007

Latest Photos

A general view of the AMI stadium, New Zealand v Pakistan, 3rd Twenty20, Christchurch, December 30, 2010
A general view of the AMI stadium
© Getty Images
A banner outside the AMI Stadium announces India's arrival, Christchurch, February 21, 2009
A banner outside the AMI Stadium announces India's arrival
© ESPNcricinfo Ltd
The new West Stand in the background with the covers are on the pitch as rain delays the start of play on day two. 1st Test: New Zealand v England at Jade Stadium, Christchurch, 13-17 March 2002 (14 March 2002).
The new West Stand in the background with the covers are on the pitch as rain delays the start of play on day two. 1st Test: New Zealand v England at Christchurch, 13-17 Mar 2002
© Photosport
A view of part of the new stand adjacent to the DB Draught Stand, during construction to replace the embankment at Jade Stadium, 23 August 2001.
The new stand being constructed next to the DB Draught Stand at Jade Stadium
© ESPNcricinfo Ltd
 
View the full index of related photos »

Weather

Weather.com
Thu
25/12

Partly Cloudy
Partly Cloudy

Min 13° C
Fri
26/12

Partly Cloudy
Partly Cloudy

Max 23° C
Min 15° C
Sat
27/12

Mostly Sunny
Mostly Sunny

Max 27° C
Min 16° C
Sun
28/12

PM Showers
PM Showers

Max 22° C
Min 14° C

Hour by Hour forecast » | 10-day forecast »

Ground Fixtures Ground Results
No fixtures scheduled