Melbourne's brilliant rectangular stadium, AAMI Park, has won the award for the most iconic and culturally significant stadium at the 2012 World Stadium Awards held overnight in Doha, Qatar.
The innovative and eye-catching venue was one of 11 stadiums short-listed in the category with other finalists from Russia, South Africa, New York, China, Qatar and New Zealand.
The World Stadium Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of leaders in the international stadium design and development industry who have contributed to the latest innovations in design, venue functionality and technical ability.
Minister for Major Projects Denis Napthine said the win reaffirmed AAMI Park as a world leader in stadium design and was an achievement all Victorians should be proud of.
"AAMI Park's innovative bioframe roof and unparalleled spectator experience represents the next generation of stadium design around the world," Dr Napthine said.
"The fact that AAMI Park has once again been recognised as a player on the world stage in terms of its design and function is of great significance to everyone involved in its construction, and to Victorians generally.
"The building is a tribute to the skills and ingenuity of Victorian designers, builders, engineers and technical specialists.
"I would like to congratulate everyone involved including the builders Grocon; designers Cox Architecture; engineers ARUP and Norman Disney Young; and lighting specialists Electrolight.
"The project manager Major Projects Victoria, client Sport and Recreation Victorian and operators Melbourne and Olympic Parks Trust also played vital roles in the delivery of this unique building.
"AAMI Park continues to make a significant contribution to Melbourne's sporting and entertainment culture by providing a strong foundation for the soccer, rugby league and rugby union codes to develop their fan base. The stadium also hosted Foo Fighters concerts in December last year attracting its highest ever attendances.
"The stadium is a welcome addition to Melbourne's sporting and architectural landscape and increases our city's ability to attract national and international sports and entertainment events," Dr Napthine said.
AAMI Park has received 22 awards since opening in 2010, including major awards from the Master Builders Association, the Australian Institute of Architects (Victoria) and the Australian Institute of Project Management. It was also recognised by Stadia Magazine as one of the world's top ten stadiums of 2010.