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Queenstown Events Centre or John Davies Oval or Davies Park is a multi-purpose sports stadium located in Queenstown, Otago in the South Island of New Zealand.

Queenstown Events Centre
View of the Queenstown Events Centre Building
Former namesJohn Davies Oval, Davies Park
LocationJoe O'connell Drive, Frankton, Queenstown, New Zealand
OwnerQueenstown-Lakes District Council
OperatorLakes Leisure
Otago Rugby Football Union, Highlanders, Otago United, Otago Volts
Ground information
End names
Remarkables End
Coronet Peak End
International information
First ODI4 January 2003:
 New Zealand v  India
Last ODI1 January 2014:
 New Zealand v  West Indies
As of 8 January 2016
Source: ESPNcricinfo



Opened in 1997, the venue is located on Queenstown Lakes District Council–owned land and is a multi-purpose indoor and outdoor venue. The Stadium has a capacity of 19,000 spectators with 6,000 permanent seating and normally 13,000 temporary called in.[2]

Regarded as one of the most spectacular international cricket venues in the world, the ground is located between the foot of the Remarkables and the shores of Lake Wakatipu with Queenstown International Airport's Runway threshold nearby affording amazing views of large aircraft taking off and landing. The venue hosts regular international cricket matches, Highlanders rugby games,[3] trade shows, exhibitions, seminars and concerts. It is also a "home ground" for Otago Cricket.

On 1 January 2014, at the Queenstown Events Centre New Zealand Black Caps' Corey Anderson broke Shahid Afridi's 17-year-old record of the fastest ODI[clarification needed] hundred by one ball, scoring his in 36 balls. He eventually ended with an unbeaten 131 that featured 14 sixes and 6 fours [4] Along with Jesse Ryder, he helped New Zealand set the team record for the most sixes in an ODI innings.


Some of the activities that occur at the centre are:

  • Cricket and Rugby at Davies Park
  • Swimming at Alpine Aqualand (which also has a hydroslide)
  • Fitness training at Alpine Health & Fitness
  • Tennis and Netball in the outdoor courts
  • Indoor Netball, Indoor Football and Climbing in the Auditorium[5]


A range of formats of the game of Cricket is played at the centre including:

  • International one dayers
  • A local Twenty20 competition
  • School cricket
  • Also a social six a side competition

There are also some practice nets near the entrance to the centre.

International centuriesEdit

Two ODI centuries have been achieved at the ground.[6] Corey Anderson scored century in 36 ball which was fastest ODI century record, later broken by AB de Villers.

No. Score Player Team Balls Inns. Opposing team Date Result
1 104 Jesse Ryder   New Zealand 51 1   West Indies 1 January 2014 Won
2 131* Corey Anderson   New Zealand 47 1   West Indies 1 January 2014 Won


  1. ^ "U19 Venue Feature: John Davies Oval". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Queenstown Events Centre (NZ)". Austadiums. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Highlanders rugby playing ground". © Retrieved 3 November 2012.
  4. ^ "Corey Anderson smashes ODI world record bringing up century against West Indies in 36 balls". ABC Grandstand. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 1 January 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Activities list". Lakes Leisure. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
  6. ^ "Statistics / Statsguru / One-Day Internationals / Batting records". Retrieved 26 December 2016.

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Coordinates: 45°0′58″S 168°44′18″E / 45.01611°S 168.73833°E / -45.01611; 168.73833