Eden Park No.1 Field

Eden Park’s No. 1 Field is 1.6 hectares of ‘hallowed turf’.  Centurion Rye grass is used within a Motz stabilised turf system to provide a robust, all-weather playing field which can be used year round. 

Motz Stabilised Turf

Motz-stabilised-grassThis patented system has natural grass grown in a synthetic mat.  The roots system develops extra stability as it is grown in a tough plastic mesh, backed by a biodegradable fabric. The stability increases as the roots of the grass entwine with the synthetic matrix and root-zone below.  Turf for the playing field is grown in a nursery at a turf farm in Karaka, Auckland, before it is used on the field.

Being a multisport playing field, the No. 1 field needs to be changed out for each different type of sport whether it is cricket, rugby, league or football.  In the summer cricket season the field has a portable wicket tray and for all other sports this is wicket is replaced with a StrathAyr portable sand tray to be similar to the rest of the playing surface. 

Explore what it takes to get the No. 1 field changed over from football to cricket in this video.

Watch the time lapse video for changing the pitch at Eden Park

Rainbird Irrigation System

The irrigation system is a Rainbird individual head control with 7005 sprinklers (98 in total) and is managed by a computerized Rainbird site control system. Also as an all-weather playing surface the field has exceptional drainage up to 75mm of rain per hour.