Jimmy The Snitch
Years ago

Apollo Stadium- Why?

Apollo Stadium.

Was having a conversation with a group of friends regarding the state of affairs of South Australia basketball and the topic of Powerhouse (DHD) and Apollo Stadium came up.

Most of us in the conversation had been around basketball in South Australia (since the Bowden days) but for some reason or another we could not come up with why Apollo was called "Apollo Stadium"?

If anyone knows the answer could you please post it and I will pass the information on to my drinking buddies.

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uncle arthur  
Years ago

The name Apollo might have been derived from a Pre-Hellenic compound Apo-ollon, likely related to an archaic verb Apo-ell- and literally meaning

"he who elbows off",

and thus "the Dispelling One".

Indeed, he seems to have personified the power to dispel and ward off evil, which was related to his association with the darkness-dispelling power of the morning sun and the conceived power of reason and prophecy to dispel doubt and ignorance. In addition, Apollo's dispelling aspect made him associated with:

city walls and doorways, which served as bulwarks to guard against trespassers;
disembarkations and expatriations to colonies, which served to carry people away;
like his son Asclepius, healing, which dispelled disease and illness;
shepherds tending their flocks, who warded off pests and predators;
music and the arts, which dispelled discord and barbarism;
fit and skilled young men, with their highly important ability to dispel intruders and invading armies;
the ability of foresight into the future.
An explanation given by Plutarch in Moralia is that Apollon signified unity, since pollon meant "many", and the prefix a- was a negative. Thus, Apollon could be read as meaning "deprived of multitude". Apollo was consequently associated with the monad.

obviously the founding player in the all star category

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Years ago


WRONG! Was named after Apollo Creed from the Rocky movies

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Years ago

Opened at same time as the Apollo landing.

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tony Blair  
Years ago

wasn't there a rocket on the screen between the door and the court area?

(and not a north adel rocket either)

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Years ago

I would agree with #101275 that it was named after the Apollo moon landing mission but am not sure if it opened at the same time as the landing.

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Years ago

You're both correct. Apollo Creed built his own rocket and flew to the moon.

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tony Blair  
Years ago

Apollo stadium would have opened in 1969 or 1970 so the Apollo moon landings would have been currents

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Rex Hunt  
Years ago

They were looking for some land to build it on and there just happened to be A Piece Of Land Left Over down at Richmond - hence the name APOLLO.

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Years ago

Spot on thedoctor. Yes it was named after Apollo Creed..... Wasnt it?

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