Jade Stadium, Christchurch
The home of Sir Richard Hadlee, Jade Stadium was once host to the humble potato as it served as a vegetable patch during World War II.india Updated: Feb 14, 2004 11:49 IST
Name: Jade Stadium
End names: Hadlee Stand End, Port Hills End
First ODI: New Zealand v Pakistan, 1st ODI, 1972/73
Most Recent ODI: New Zealand v England, 1st ODI, 2001/02
The home of Sir Richard Hadlee, Jade Stadium was once host to the humble potato as it served as a vegetable patch during World War II.
Originally known as Lancaster Park, the stadium was purpose-built for rugby, but started to host cricket matches in 1882.
Once heavily in debt and on the verge of closure, Jade Stadium is now the home to the headquarters of New Zealand cricket.
Its abundance of trees has often led to comparisons with English grounds but the summers can be mercilessly hot.
The ground is a regular venue for Test cricket, apart from 1984-5 when it was forced to have a 'rest year' following criticism of the pitch.
But Sir Richard had the last word, providing the ground with its finest hour when he bowled out the mighty West Indies for 100 and 165 in 1987.