If the Black Caps - the national team - do not play the ninetieth test against Sri Lanka or whichever team in AMI Stadium (formerly: Jade Stadium) cricket takes place in other locations and all summer. The Canterbury team - the Wizards - play in the State Championship (State Shield), the games take place either on the Oval in South Hagley Park or at the Cricket Ground (Village Green) at QE II (Queen Elizabeth II) Park between Burwood and North New Brighton.
It helps to have some cricket knowledge if you want to attend a game, especially if you plan to go to a test match which normally takes five days (and ends in a draw...) on the fourth day but one of the teams is so bad that it is over after three days... If you have no idea what a wicket or a century is, or even a LBW decision, or why they could not find different words for the wicket a team scores and the wicket area on which the wickets, made up of wooden poles and sticks, stand - do not despair, there will always be some friendly and patient New Zealanders who will explain why some balls are wide or which bowler is a spinner.
If you are a cricket novice it is best to start with a 20/20 game. This is the speediest game. 20/20 means that each team plays only 20 overs. Six balls is one over. (And BTW... The bowlers do not throw but bowl...) So each team has 120 balls to bowl. In a "normal" game each team has the maximum of 50 overs (300 balls), and this can last a day. That is why such games are called One Day Games. Easy, isn't it? The five day games are called test matches - and are no "tests" at all but very important and the real thing.
Equipment: If the game does not take place in a big stadium like AMI which has allocated seats the best thing is to pack most of the things you would also take to a day out on the beach. This might include blanket, folding chair, chilly bin with food and drinks, sun cream, hat, sunglasses, long sleeve shirts and long trousers for the case you do not want to get burnt after five hours in the sun. Some people also take something to read with them. In this case it helps to camp near an expert who warns you when the decisive ball is close and you do not miss the most exciting moment of the game.
It is not allowed to take glass bottles and water bottles with more than 1 litre to the stadium.
If you like cricket then this is a must do activity. Lancaster Park (now referred to as Jade Stadium) is the centre of cricket in Christchurch with the Village Green out by QEII stadium in Brighton and Hagley Oval in the middle of the city the other main venues. Lancaster Park is a small ground so you are not too far away from the action. Jade Stadium itself is to be upgraded to be prepared for the 2011 World Rugby Cup so it should only get better as time goes on. Opnion here is that cricket should move to a new home with most looking to the Village Green as the new home of Canterbury Cricket.
Equipment: This will depend on what type of game you are coming for (one dayer or test match which is played over 5 days) and how bad the Aucklanders have been (recent pitch invasions by our northern cousins have resulted in some crazy rules around what you can and can't bring to the ground). Make sure you have a sun hat of some sort and sunscreen. A bag of food is good and your drink will need to be non-alcoholic.