Twickenham Stadium (the Twickers)
|Renovations||1921, 1927, 1932, 1981, 1990, 1995, 2006, 2014|
|Other||it is the national rugby stadium of England|
Before English rugby union bought a plot i Twickenham borough, cabbage field was situated here. In 1907 executives decided that having a privately-owned stadium may bring profits and a year later first stands were raised. Until 1920 it could already take up to 20,000 people just to be used for cattle, horse and sheep grazing a year later, because of World War I.
In its history it went through 7 significant revamps. Their effect is an 82,000-capacity venue with fans on three tiers of covered seating. Thus, from 2006, Twickenham is the 2nd largest stadium in England and 4th in Europe for any football code. When it comes to rugby – there’s no match. After the 2006 redevelopment it comprises the English rugby headquarters, a museum and a 4-star hotel.
Ruled by the rugby union from the start, it’s got a huge history behind it with almost all England international played here and many other of the largest rugby games also being hosted by the London venue. There’s also a story for the fan-culture enthusiasts. Ever since an amazing England-Ireland game in 1988, the song “Swing Low, Sweet Charriot” became almost an alternative anthem for rugby fans. Of course there’ve also been a lot of other events organized here with a whole list of top music performers . However, due to logistics (location and capacity constraints for concerts – only around 55,000 people allowed) it never became as successful as Wembley in bringing various events.
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