Saxton Field is a jointly-owned and funded regional sport and recreation facility benefiting the residents of Nelson and Tasman District. You can take part in a broad range of activities at Saxton Field including cricket, athletics, soccer, hockey, softball, archery and netball among others.
Saxton Field also offers other recreation facilities like a childrens playground and walking areas.
The complex is conveniently positioned between Nelson and Richmond.
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Newly completed in 2009, the Saxton Stadium is a 7,000m², $12 million sporting facility. It hosts a variety of indoor events such as basketball, gymnastics, volleyball. It is also home to special and community events such as the Home Show.
- 5 basketball or netball courts
- 12 volleyball courts
- dedicated table tennis hall
- sports administration offices for several sports codes
The ground was constructed by the Nelson Cricket Association following their move from Trafalgar Park, at a cost of $3.8 million.
Saxton Oval has ICC (International Cricket Council) accreditation for international cricket games. In 2014 the Oval hosted the Black Caps v West Indies and in 2015 hosted three Cricket World Cup games. The Cricket Association reports they are happy with the playing surface and with the ground being prepared to international standards. The wicket was constructed of special clay from Waikari in North Canterbury that is renowned for its true and consistent bounce.
The new pavilion is located with viewing areas over the athletics track, soccer pitch and cricket oval. In combination with the existing cricket oval, utility building and practice wicket the pavilion meets New Zealand Cricket Warrant of Fitness Guidelines for all first class cricket matches. The pavilion was also designed so that it met New Zealand athletics requirements for meetings. The requirements of soccer for National League competitions are also met.
Hockey & Softball Pavilion
The new $2 million Saxton Field Hockey and Softball Pavilion opened in November 2010
The new two-storey facility, which includes a lounge and bar, two offices, two meeting rooms, changing facilities and toilets, viewing decks for softball, and a viewing window from the lounge and bar.
Nelson hockey got its first artificial turf field in 1993, and in 2006 the second water surface was laid. Hockey has approximately 900 registered players of all ages. Nelson softball has approximately 600 registered players and has four all-weather diamonds at Saxton Field. Both associations host annual tournaments and the new pavilion will help attract top national events.
Picnics and play
You don’t have to be a sports jock to enjoy Saxton Field! The complex has areas for less formal enjoyment, with small playgrounds dotted around the park, as well as a larger playground that is intended to be a regional attraction (like the Lions Playground at Tahunanui).
There is a pond that is used by modellers, with a picnic and play area alongside it. Around the whole complex, there are a layout of walkways, a fitness circuit, and paths for cyclists and roller-bladers.