The second series of Sports Stadiums was issued on the 24 March 2020. Australia Post emphasised that the second stamp issue in the series would present sports stadiums used for tennis, cricket, cycling and swimming rather than the strong focus on the Football Codes in series one.
It would include:
Completed in 1988, Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena is the centrepiece for the Australian Open, the first of the four annual international grand slam tournaments.
Adelaide Oval, on the Torrens River, has been integral to the city’s landscape and culture since it was established in 1871. This prestigious stadium hosts international and domestic cricket and AFL football.
The Anna Meares Velodrome was purpose-built in 2016 for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. With its 250-metre UCI-standard track, the velodrome is part of Brisbane’s Sleeman Sports Complex.
Opened in 1994 at Homebush, Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre was a key part of Sydney’s successful bid to host the 2000 Olympic Games. It has hosted legs of the swimming and diving world cups, as well as the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in 1999.
The issue included both gummed and Self Adhesive stamps and Australia Post issued a FDC for both. This was unusual as in recent issues the production of Self adhesive and stamp booklet FDCs had been left to the collector or cover producer. The first two covers show the official issue with the adhesive stamps in a line and the gummed stamps as a set of four. The reverse format was self produced.
Despite the issue wanting to emphasise minor stadiums rather than the football codes and cricket, the Adelaide Oval dominated the issue.
FDC Adelaide Oval Stamp
The Stamp Booklet Collection for the Self Adhesive stamps included a book of ten stamps for each stadium, an image of the ground, a history and a set of relevant stickers. An Adelaide Oval image was on the cover and the credits.
The self adhesive stamps were also issued in a single booklets of 10 stamps, a cheque book of 20 single booklets (200 stamps) and a roll of 100 with Rod Laver Arena on the pack.
A Medallion Cover in a limited run of 2000 available only for the Adelaide Oval was issued.
A maxicard was issued for each stadium. A Postcard was only issued for the Adelaide Oval and Rod Laver Arena.
Produced maxicard for the gummed stamp, the self adhesive stamp and for both issues.
In 1981 Australia Post released series III of Prestamped Postcards. One card showed the Adelaide Festival Theatre with the Adelaide Oval in the background.
Just prior to the Sports Stadium Two issue was the release of a new general cover. It is shown with the AO stamps of the Sports Stadium Issue.
“World of Sport” and Richie Benaud
The Prestige Booklet for the February issue showed Richie Benaud commentating at the Adelaide Oval in 1990 prior to the redevelopment of the oval as shown on the stamp.
Australian Football and Cricket Ovals
Four of the eight grounds were combined cricket and football grounds. These covers show stamps from both issues postmarked with the Sir Don Bradman Bowral PM. The cover for 2019 shows the SCG and for 2020 shows the Adelaide Oval.
|2019 Sports Stadiums – Series One|
|2019 Sydney Stamp and Coin Expo|
|2020 Word of Sport|
Commemorative Landscape issues 2020
The commemorative landscape issues of 2020 included stamps from the Word of Sports issues and the Sports Stadium Two Issue. They include Richie Benaud, Reg Gasnier and Les Murray. The Sports Stadium issue includes the Adelaide Oval, Anna Meares Velodrome, Rod Laver Arena and Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre.
The 2020 Collection of Australian Stamps included a minisheet of the four gummed series 2 Sports Stamps a block of 4. This was similar to the minisheet in the 2020 Impressions.