St Kilda will pay tribute to one of the most iconic acts in Australian sport when it takes on Collingwood to kick off the 2014 Indigenous Round.

St Kilda legend Nicky Winmar famously held his jumper up to show his pride in his indigenous heritage after he was subjected to racial abuse in a game against Collingwood at Victoria Park in 1993.

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The stance, captured by photographer Wayne Ludbey became one of the most famous images in Australian football.

21 years after Winmar’s courageous act, the Saints and Magpies will meet again on a Friday night at Etihad Stadium to kick off Indigenous Round in a symbol of reconciliation and recognition of the progress made in combatting racism since Winmar’s stance.

St Kilda Chief Executive Officer Michael Nettlefold said the club was proud to have secured the game against Collingwood to celebrate a vital moment in Australian sporting history.

"St Kilda's rich history is endorsed through the great contribution indigenous players have made to our club,” Nettlefold said.

“We were incredibly fortunate to have such a talented and courageous player as Nicky Winmar. His gesture of defiance 20 years ago sits proudly in our 141-year history. That the AFL recognises this historic moment in a match to open the Indigenous Round is a great credit to everyone."

The match against Collingwood is one of four key games that look set to be built as regular fixtures for the Saints.

The others include the Monday night post Mother’s Day game against Carlton which will return for a fifth consecutive year, the Anzac Day match in Wellington which will this year see the Saints take on the Brisbane Lions and the round 17 game against North Melbourne at Blundstone Arena, Hobart which will see the Saints return to Tasmania for the first time in five years.

St Kilda fans will get plenty of opportunity to watch their team live next year with just two weeks of travel in the first 11 weeks of the season. The Saints open the season with two home games at Etihad Stadium against Melbourne and Greater Western Sydney.

The Saints will enter into the second year of its New Zealand venture with the club set to return to Wellington’s Westpac Stadium on Anzac Day.

After the success of last year’s Anzac Day clash with the Sydney Swans, the Lions will be the latest team to venture across the Tasman to take on the Saints.

"To open the season with two home games, as well as nine of our first 11 games in Melbourne is fantastic for our Victorian members,” Nettlefold said.

“With our Anzac Day clash against Brisbane falling on a Friday night, it is both a prime TV time slot, and a great opportunity for fans to attend the game and enjoy some wonderful Wellington hospitality over a long weekend.”

The Saints will return to Tasmania for the first time in five years when it takes on North Melbourne at Hobart’s Blundstone Arena later in the year. St Kilda has a rich affinity with the Apple Isle, having previously played home matches at Aurora Stadium in Launceston.

St Kilda legends Darrel Baldock, Ian Stewart and Verdun Howell were all products of Tasmania, while captain Nick Riewoldt was also born in the state.

“We are also excited to get the chance to play in front of our large supporter base in Tasmania when the Kangaroos host us in Round 17 on one of our 11 Saturday games,” Nettlefold said.

“The prospect of playing in Tasmania every year, along with our pioneering Monday night match against Carlton, ANZAC day in Wellington and the Indigenous Round Collingwood blockbuster is really exciting for our members."