As the conclusion to its two-part stamp series celebrating some of Australia’s much-loved sporting venues, Australia Post’s latest stamp release will feature Rod Laver Arena, Adelaide Oval, Anna Meares Velodrome and Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre.
The stamps are a tribute to each stadium’s sporting, architectural and cultural significance and also recognise the popularity tennis, swimming, cycling and cricket enjoy in Australia.
Australia Post Philatelic Manager Michael Zsolt said that as well as being physical symbols for sports, these stadiums are bold architectural statements in their own right.
“These stadiums are not only impressive landmarks for their respective states, but they are an important part of Australia’s rich sporting culture.”
The four domestic base rate ($1.10) stamps, designed by Andrew Hogg Design, feature:
$1.10 Rod Laver Arena, VIC
Rod Laver Arena is a world-class sports arena and hosts a spectrum of entertainment events every year. Most notably it is the centrepiece of the Australian Open - the first of four annual international grand slam tennis tournaments. It is named in honour of Rod Laver, one of Australia’s most successful and internationally renowned tennis players.
$1.10 Adelaide Oval, SA
Located a stone’s throw from the city centre, Adelaide Oval is an integral part of Adelaide’s landscape and culture. Adelaide Oval has long been one of Australia’s most recognisable and prestigious venues, and hosts international and domestic cricket, as well as AFL football, concerts and other major events.
$1.10 Anna Meares Velodrome, QLD
Named in honour of Australia’s former track cycling champion, the Anna Meares Velodrome was purpose-built for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. The Sleeman Sports Complex, of which it is a part, also accommodates a BMX Super X track, among other sporting events.
$1.10 Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, NSW
Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre was a key part of Sydney’s successful bid to host the 2000 Olympic Games. For the Olympics, the seating on one side of the pool was dramatically increased to accommodate a capacity crowd of 17,000. It has also hosted diving world cups and the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in 1999.
Products associated with this issue include first day cover, stamp pack, maxicard set, 4 x booklets of 10 x $1.10 stamps, booklet collection, medallion cover and postmark.
The Australian Sports Stadiums stamps and associated products are available at participating Post Offices, via mail order on 1800 331 794, and online at auspost.com.au/stamps from Tuesday 24 March 2020 while stocks last.