Saturday, April 20, 2013

It's all in a name #157

I call it crass commercialism and I very much dislike losing the names of historic and more recent sporting venues.

Melbourne: Docklands Stadium. Telstra Dome still gets a gig and is on some tram destinations but now Etihad Stadium.

Hobart: Bellerive Oval. Such a beautiful name for a lovely ground, now Blundstone Arena.

Geelong: Kardinia Park, was Skilled Stadium, now Simonds Stadium.

Perth: Subiaco Oval, now Patersons Stadium.

Carlton: Princes Park, now Visy Park.

North Melbourne: Arden Street, now Aegis Park.

Launceston: York Park, now Aurora Stadium.

Canberra: Manuka Oval, now Star Track Oval.

It is not just football grounds.

Melbourne Tennis Centre (part). Let the government name it and you get Multi Purpose Venue. In this case Vodafone Arena was preferable, now Hisense Arena. Most people still refer to it as Vodafone Arena.

Do you have any more to add to the list?

Another just occurred  to me in Sydney, the Olympic venue Homebush Stadium, now known as ANZ Stadium. Blah!

21 comments:

  1. North Queensland Rugby League play at what (I believe) originally was the Willows Sports Complex, then became Dairy Farmers Stadium and now is 1300Smiles Stadium

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    1. Thanks Victor. I now know what League is. That is the working class rugby and Crowe owns South Sydney, or did.

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  2. Street names also suffer this fate. Here in Adelaide, many years ago, we had a road leading to West Beach, appropriately named West Beach Road. Now it is Richmond Road. I only know it used to be West Beach Road because a lovely old couple in their eighties stopped me one day and asked about it. They'd lived there years ago and were on a memory trip, but couldn't find West Beach Road. I looked at their extremely old map and worked it out. Their confusion wasn't helped by another parallel main road which is now Sir Donald Bradman Drive, it used to have a much simpler name but I can't remember it.

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    1. River, without checking, that might explain some confusion of my own back from 1983.

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  3. What about train stations? Spencer Street Station now Southern Cross Station. Museum Station now Melbourne Central Station.

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    1. Wombat, I will wear Melbourne Central Station, as it is within Melbourne Central, even though I did not like the change at the time, but Spencer Street becoming So Cross was unforgivable.

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  4. Crass commercialism is a tautology. I'm impressed that you've kept up with it all, I have no idea what it is all about. The number "3" was everywhere for years and I have only just worked out it has something to do with phones or the net. The mighty advertising dollars are wasted on me.

    I never knew spencer street station had been renamed until 2 years ago when I needed to go there. As for picking up the top end of batman avenue and moving it to somewhere else... or am I imagining it?

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    1. FC, instinctively I agree with you, but really, commercialism can be done nicely. Vodafone took over 3. 3 used to use Vodafone's network, lousy as it was.

      President of the Public Transport Users Association helped some people today who could not find South Morang on a map. It was a map displayed at the station and had not been updated.

      A tram ride along the river on the 70 tram in Batman Avenue was delightful. It is all too complicated to explain.

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  5. I lived opposite Princes Park in Carlton and know it well. It will NEVER been called anything else, not after a scummy insurance company, a rapacious bank, a polluting power company or a clothes company that exploits child labour in Asia. If taxi drivers don't know where Princes Park is, take a small map with you.

    Mind you, as soon as one company stops sponsorship of a landmark, the name will be changed anyway. Melbourne Docklands Stadium may become Speedos Stadium next year. Oh no, I forgot, Speedos already decamped.

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    1. Well put Hels. I mentioned the matter to friends at dinner this evening and one said, ah, they need the money. I should think most are on Crown land.

      Speedos? But they have decamped. You had me excited there for a moment.

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  6. At one stage there was Aussie Stadium and Stadium Australia in Sydney, which was rather confusing. These are now Alianz Stadium (Sydney Football Stadium) and ANZ Stadium.

    Wikipedia says there was an ANZ Stadium in Brisbane.

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    1. Clear as mud Panther, and hi. Is it just me, or do other people get confused by these name changes?

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  7. The Not Round Ground is AAMI Stadium.
    I still call Rod Laver Rod Raver coz we used to have a little dance inside it :)

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    1. Fen, I think Rod Laver is still the same. As you are familiar with Not Round Ground, which one was Tina Arena Arena?

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    2. pretty sure that was Hisense...

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  8. Yep Brisbane has them too. Lang Park now Suncorp Stadium

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    1. Named after Jack Lang, Diane? How disrespectful. Suncorp is a great company, unless you are flooded or burnt out.

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  9. Yep, I hate it too and still call it Princes Park, Docklands stadium, Footy park (AAMI in Adelaide) and Spencer Street.

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    1. Kath, Footy Park in Adelaide added into the mix. Spencer Street is a battle lost.

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  10. Can only add an event to the list - I was almost personally offended when the Sheffield Shield became the Pura Milk Cup. Don't know, don't care what it is now ...

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  11. That was outrageous Red, I agree. Now this is interesting. Pura is owned by National Foods which is a subsidiary of Philippines company San Miguel. Nice beer they make. After Pura, it became was sponsored by Sanitarium, but the name no used and last season by BUPA, and I don't recall that name being used. We may have had a win there.

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