Apollo Stadium

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Apollo Entertainment Centre
Apollo Stadium
Location 41 Kingston Avenue, Richmond, South Australia
Coordinates 34°56′21″S 138°33′54″E / 34.93917°S 138.56500°E / -34.93917; 138.56500Coordinates: 34°56′21″S 138°33′54″E / 34.93917°S 138.56500°E / -34.93917; 138.56500
Broke ground 1968
Opened 1969
Closed 1997
Capacity 1969-84: 4,000
1985-92: 3,500
Basketball / Netball: 3,000
Tenants
Adelaide 36ers (NBL) (1982-1991)
West Adelaide Bearcats (NBL) (1979-1984)
Glenelg Tigers (NBL) (1979)
Forrestville Eagles (NBL) (1981)

Apollo Stadium (officially called the Apollo Entertainment Centre) was an indoor arena located at 41 Kingston Avenue, Richmond, South Australia, just 5 minutes from the Adelaide city centre. The stadium had an original seating capacity of 4,000 until the early 1980s when the bench seats were replaced by individual plastic seats giving a reduced seating capacity of 3,000 and an overall capacity of just 3,500.

Opened in 1969, the stadium was named for the Apollo moon landing of the same year.

In 1991 it was superseded as Adelaide's premier concert venue by the new 12,000 capacity Adelaide Entertainment Centre and in 1992 the venue was superseded as the home of basketball and netball by the new 8,000 seat Clipsal Powerhouse. The building then became a church for a few years but was eventually sold and demolished, with the site subsequently being redeveloped for housing.

Sports arena[edit]

Apollo Stadium was Adelaide's major basketball arena from 1969 until 1991, being the home court of National Basketball League teams the West Adelaide Bearcats (1979-84), Glenelg Tigers (1979), Forrestville Eagles (1981) and Adelaide 36ers, who were the Adelaide City Eagles in their first year (1982-91).

The first ever NBL game was played at a half full Apollo Stadium on 24 February 1979 when the Glenelg Tigers defeated the City of Sydney Astronauts 68-65. Top scorer for the league's inaugural game was Sydney's David Leslie who went for 25 points on 11/22 shooting. For the Tigers, Rick Hodges led the way with 16 points on 7/14 shooting.

The Bearcats and 36ers were almost unbeatable at the venue, with the Bearcats winning the 1982 NBL championship during their time in the league (the Grand Final win over the Geelong Supercats was played in Newcastle). During the 1986 NBL regular season the 36ers were undefeated at home going 13-0. The only game they lost at Apollo all season was Game 2 of the Grand Final series when they suffered a shock 83-104 loss to the Brisbane Bullets. The 36ers won their first NBL Championship at Apollo two days after their Game 2 loss when they accounted for the Bullets 113-91 in Game 3 in what was coach Ken Cole's last game in charge of the club.

The stadium hosted the 1981 NBL Grand Final when the Launceston Casino City defeated the Nunawading Spectres[1] as well as the 1982 NBL All-Star Game with the East team defeating the West 153-148 in a high scoring game.[2]

Despite its low spectator capacity Apollo Stadium was known as one of the loudest venues in the NBL during its use from 1979 until 1991. With a capacity crowd of 3,000 sitting very close to the action it was an intimidating task for opposition teams with 36ers players often referring to Apollo as the teams "6th Man".

The final NBL game at Apollo was the first game of the 1991 Semi-final series between the 36ers and the defending champion Perth Wildcats. In front of yet another sellout crowd, the Wildcats defeated Adelaide 102-99.[3] Playing for the 36ers in that game were the likes of Mark Davis, Darryl Pearce, Mark Bradtke, Butch Hays, Brett Wheeler and Mike McKay. For the Wildcats there was James Crawford, "Tiny" Pinder, Mike Ellis, Ricky Grace and Andrew Vlahov.

Apollo Stadium was the home of the State League Netball grand final (usually televised locally by Channel 9) as well as being host to international and national state netball games until the Powerhouse opened in 1992.

Apollo Stadium also hosted other indoor sports such as volleyball and badminton and the venue was generally seen as the indoor home of South Australian teams in national competitions or tournaments.

Music venue[edit]

Apollo Stadium was a significant music venue in South Australia. Among the rock bands and musicians who performed at the stadium were:

Artist(s) Date(s) Notes
Armstrong, LouisLouis Armstrong
The Kinks 4 Jun 1971 [4]
Lewis, Jerry LeeJerry Lee Lewis Oct 1971 [5]
Creedence Clearwater Revival 18 Feb 1972 [6]
Jethro Tull 8 Jul 1972 [7]
Black Sabbath 19 Jan 1973 [8]
The Jackson 5 30 Jun 1973 [9]
Status Quo 4 Sep 1973 [10] In total, Status Quo played at Apollo 6 times.[11]
Status Quo 14 Nov 1974 [10]
Status Quo 15 Oct 1975 [12]
Status Quo 6 Aug 1978 to 8th [10]
Wings 4 Nov 1975- 5 Nov 1975 [13]
Queen 14 Apr 1976-15 Apr 1976 with Cold Chisel and The Ray Burton Band [14][15][16]
AC/DC 4 Dec 1976 [17]
AC/DC 12 Feb 1977 [18]
10CC 20 Sept 1977-21 Sep 1977 [19]
Elvis Costello and The Attractions 12 Dec 1978 [20]
Bob Marley and the Wailers 20 Apr 1979-21 Apr 1979
Thin Lizzy 16 Oct 1980 [21]
Cold Chisel 27 Feb 1981 [22]
Cold Chisel 20 Oct 1983-23 Oct 1983 [22]
U2 20 Sept 1984-21 Sept 1984 [23]
The Easybeats 1986
Midnight Oil 6 Oct 1987-8 Oct 1987 [24][25]
Cocker, JoeJoe Cocker
Dylan, BobBob Dylan
Police, TheThe Police
Turner, Ike and TinaIke and Tina Turner
B.B. King
Yes 21 Mar 1973 [26]
Deep Purple 8 May 1971 [27]
Supertramp
Cat Stevens 8 Sep 1972 and 9th [28][29]
Adam and the Ants
Jackson 5, TheThe Jackson 5 30 Jun 1973 [30]
Bob Marley And The Wailers 20 Apr 1979-21 Apr 1979 [31]
INXS 29 Sep 1986 and 30th [32][33]
Stranglers, TheThe Stranglers 15 May 1985 [34]
Boomtown Rats 6 Jun 1980 and 7th [35][36]
Blondie 30 Nov 1977 [37]
Reed, LouLou Reed 5 Nov 1977 [38]
Zappa, FrankFrank Zappa 4 Jul 1973 [39]
Zappa, FrankFrank Zappa 24 Jan 1976 and 25th [40][41]
T. Rex 6 Nov 1973 [42]
Beach Boys, TheThe Beach Boys 25 Apr 1970 [43]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1981 NBL Grand Final highlights
  2. ^ 1982 NBL All-Star Game highlights
  3. ^ 36ers vs Wildcats NBL Semi-final 1991
  4. ^ http://www.milesago.com/Tours/ostoursframes.htm
  5. ^ http://www.bonscott.com.au/bon/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=34&Itemid=43
  6. ^ http://www.milesago.com/Tours/ostoursframes.htm
  7. ^ http://www.milesago.com/Tours/ostoursframes.htm
  8. ^ http://www.milesago.com/tours/black-sabbath.htm
  9. ^ http://www.milesago.com/Tours/ostoursframes.htm
  10. ^ a b c http://www.aussiequo.com/QUOin70.htm
  11. ^ http://www.songkick.com/venues/43235-apollo-stadium
  12. ^ http://www.songkick.com/concerts/847600-status-quo-at-apollo-stadium
  13. ^ http://www.norwegianwood.org/beatles/english/sologigs2.html
  14. ^ http://www.queen.lt/koncertai.htm
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  16. ^ http://www.queenconcerts.com/detail/live/253/queen-live-15-04-1976-apollo-stadium-adelaide-australia.html
  17. ^ http://www.acdc-bootlegs.com/concerthistory/?gig=243
  18. ^ http://www.songkick.com/concerts/664276-acdc-at-apollo-stadium
  19. ^ http://tencc.fan-site.net/10cclive.77-80.html
  20. ^ http://www.luckygoon.com/HTML/Concerts/69_79.html
  21. ^ http://www.thinlizzyguide.com/tours/dates/1980/801016.htm
  22. ^ a b http://www.coldchisel.com.au/gig_history_1980s.html
  23. ^ http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,20737054-2682,00.html
  24. ^ http://oilbase.deadheart.org.uk/live.show.register/87.html
  25. ^ http://www.midnight-oil.info/concerts/
  26. ^ http://www.songkick.com/concerts/856092-yes-at-apollo-stadium
  27. ^ http://www.songkick.com/concerts/747133-deep-purple-at-apollo-stadium
  28. ^ http://www.songkick.com/concerts/1929921-cat-stevens-at-apollo-stadium
  29. ^ http://www.songkick.com/concerts/1930031-cat-stevens-at-apollo-stadium
  30. ^ http://www.songkick.com/concerts/480332-jackson-5-at-apollo-stadium
  31. ^ http://www.songkick.com/venues/43235-apollo-stadium/gigography
  32. ^ http://www.songkick.com/concerts/479302-inxs-at-apollo-stadium
  33. ^ http://www.songkick.com/concerts/479303-inxs-at-apollo-stadium
  34. ^ http://www.songkick.com/concerts/763057-stranglers-at-apollo-stadium
  35. ^ http://www.songkick.com/concerts/1441601-boomtown-rats-at-apollo-stadium
  36. ^ http://www.songkick.com/concerts/1441606-boomtown-rats-at-apollo-stadium
  37. ^ http://www.songkick.com/concerts/660485-blondie-at-apollo-stadium
  38. ^ http://www.songkick.com/concerts/756886-lou-reed-at-apollo-stadium
  39. ^ http://www.songkick.com/concerts/742018-frank-zappa-at-apollo-stadium
  40. ^ http://www.songkick.com/concerts/742275-frank-zappa-at-apollo-stadium
  41. ^ http://www.songkick.com/concerts/742276-frank-zappa-at-apollo-stadium
  42. ^ http://www.songkick.com/concerts/911219-t-rex-at-apollo-stadium
  43. ^ http://www.songkick.com/concerts/980567-beach-boys-at-apollo-stadium