Sports Park Hawke’s Bay – Hastings, New Zealand

Hawkes BayHappy New Year!  Yesterday’s track was the last to see 2014, and today’s is probably the first to see 2015.  From what I can tell, the track at Sports Park Hawke’s Bay is the closest to the international date line.  This is a new facility, and the track opened just a couple of years ago in 2008.  The grandstand was completed in 2010, and it can hold 2,500 spectators.  And as you can see the seats are all in the prime spot for track fans, shifted toward the main start/finish line.  The throwing events are all located on the inside of the track.  The horizontal jumps and pole vault are on the outside of the backstretch.  The track club Athletics Hawkes Bay Gisborne gets to call this awesome facility their home.

Below is a nice aerial video taken by a drone, highlighting the work being done on the new hockey fields (which were completed in March and have blue artificial turf as seen above), but you also get a great view of the track.

Hawkes Bay track

*Photo from Gemco Group

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