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Saxton Stadium

The 7,000m2 facility houses

  • 5 basketball or netball courts
  • 12 volleyball courts
  • dedicated table tennis hall
  • sports administration offices for several sports codes

Non-sporting uses of the stadium can be approved, depending on space availability.

Saxton Stadium sign

Main sports hall

The 3,800 m2 floor area (39.1 m wide by 98.0 m long) will enable the optimum utilisation and maximum flexibility including national volleyball, netball and basketball tournament events.

Room is available for 500 seats in banks of moveable retractable seating units in the main sports hall. 

Dimensions and courts per sport are:

Netball

5 club courts require a 96.25m long main floor (2m run off at sides with 4m separations between courts and 3m run off at ends) or 4 Netball NZ fully compliant courts require a 93.4m long main floor (8.2m separations between courts for run-off, signage and officials and 37.1m length for 3m run off plus signage space at ends)

Basketball

Five club level courts require a 95.0m long main floor (4m separations between courts and 2m run off at ends)

Volleyball

Twelve (12) club courts (3m side separations between courts and 3m run off to side walls and at ends) or 8 courts of national standard (3m run-off on all sides or 6.0m separations between courts at both sides and ends) this will require a 96.0m long main floor

The court layout and markings will need to enable the main sports floor to be used with as much flexibility as possible. Ideally the main floor should be able to be divided so that two netball and two basketball courts can operate concurrently or an equivalent area for volleyball can operate at the same time as either netball or basketball.

Sports administration

Sports House at the stadium is the regional hub for sports administration for many codes in the Top of the South.

Facility management and bookings 

The Tasman Regional Sports Trust manage the Saxton Stadium. Phone is +64 3 538 0072 or email stadium@sporttasman.org.nz

Fees and charges

Pavilion Hire (incl GST) 2021-22

Private Function (eg Weddings and Birthdays)

Full Pavilion (all day)

$699

Pavilion (Evening)

$360

Pavilion (Morning/Afternoon)

$306

Half Pavilion (Full Day)

$460

Half Pavilion(Evening)

$231

Half Pavilion (Morning/Afternoon)

$177

Full Pavilion Per Hour

$37

Half Pavilion Per Hour

$20

Meeting – Non Commercial/Cultural and Community Events

Saxton Pavilion (all day)

$289

Pavilion (Evening)

$230

Pavilion (Morning/Afternoon)

$146

Half Pavilion (Full Day)

$146

Half Pavilion(Evening)

$105

Half Pavilion (Morning/Afternoon)

$85

Full Pavilion Per Hour

$25

Half Pavilion Per Hour

$19

Commercial use (Seminars or Expos)

Full Pavilion (all day)

$859

Pavilion (Evening)

$565

Pavilion (Morning/Afternoon)

$565

Half Pavilion (Full Day)

$455

Half Pavilion(Evening)

$338

Saxton Stadium Hire (incl GST) 2021-22

Meeting – Non Commercial/Cultural and Community Events

Whole Building and Pavilion

$3796

Stadium (Full Day)

$3163

Stadium half day or half stadium full day

$2686

Half Stadium half day

$1845

Sport Activities and Practice

Whole Building and Pavilion

$1317

Stadium (Full Day)

$2478

Stadium half day or half stadium full day

$1688

Half Stadium half day

$1213

Basketball Court (per hour)

$40

* Netball Court (per hour)

$40

* Volleyball Court (per hour)

$21

* Badminton Court (per hour)

$16

Shower

$2

History of Saxton Stadium

Saxton Stadium was officially opened on Thursday 22 October 2009 by His Excellency, The Hon Sir Anand Satyanand, the Governor-General of New Zealand. Nelson MP Nick Smith and both the Nelson City and Tasman District Mayors were also in attendance.

Funding for the $12 million facility was provided primarily by Nelson City Council, with a significant contribution by Tasman District Council and generous grants from the New Zealand Community Trust, Canterbury Community Trust, and the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board. The Saxton Field Stadium Society also contributed to the project, overseeing the construction phases through 2009.

Please note all Nelson City Council facilities are smokefree.