Wembley Stadium connected by EE
|Inauguration||24/03/2007 (England U21 - Italy U21, 3-3)|
|Cost||£ 757 million|
|Record attendance||89 874 (17/05/2008, Cardiff City - Portsmouth FC, 0-1)|
|Design||HOK Sport, Foster&Partners|
|Contractor||Multiplex Constructions (UK) Ltd.|
|Address||Wembley National Stadium Ltd., 11th Floor York House, Empire Way, Wembley, HA9 0WS|
Wembley Stadium – stadium description
What is the location of Wembley Stadium?
The temple of English football is located in the principal town of the borough of Brent in north west London. The stadium is serviced by two subway lines (Metropolitan and Jubilee) with the Wembley Park Station located under 700 metres to the north. There's also a light rail station around 300 metres to the south, serviced by Chiltern Railways.
What is the history of Wembley Stadium?
New Wembley was built on the site of the old stadium that existed in the years 1923-2002. The original plan was to start demolition of the old arena by Christmas 2000 and finish construction by 2003. Unfortunately, the works were delayed due to financial and legal turmoil.
On September 30, 2002, the ground was finally broken, and the actual construction work was carried out between 2003 and 2007. It was accompanied by numerous scandals: the opening was delayed more than 4 years in relation to the initial plans and the cost more than doubled during implementation.
The venue was put into operation on March 9, 2007, thanks to which the first official game could be played 15 days later (England U21 - Italy U21). On May 11 of the same year, a statue of Bobby Moore was unveiled, located right in front of the main entrance.
What are the features of Wembley Stadium?
Wembley is the second largest stadium in Europe, right after Camp Nou. Its most characteristic feature is the 133-metre steel arch, which is an icon of the ground, just like it was with the two towers of its predecessor. At night the arch is lighted up and can be seen from many kilometres. Its internal diameter is 7 metres and the span - 315 metres. This structure collects most of the roof load, which is partially retractable.
At its highest point, the canopy of the facility rises 52 metres above the playing field and has a total area of 40,000 square metres, of which 13,772 are movable. This solution is to enable effective turf growth.
Before the foundations of the arena were laid, 4,000 piles were driven, the longest of which is as much as 35 metres. In addition, 90,000 cubic metres of concrete and 23,000 tonnes of steel were used. The circumference of Wembley is approximately 1 kilometre. The total length of the escalators is 400 metres and the number of toilets is 2,618 (the most in the world).
What is the capacity of Wembley Stadium?
Wembley can accommodate 90,000 spectators. The seating is divided into 3 tiers, middle one of which is dedicated solely to business clients on long-term contracts. The lowest tier has 34,303 seats, the middle - 16,532, and the highest - 39,165.
Which sports and non-sports events are taking place at Wembley?
The arena hosts the most important matches of the England team, the semi-finals and the FA Cup final, as well as play-offs for participation in the highest divisions. The venue hosted the 2011 and 2013 Champions League finals. In 2012, the final of the football tournament of the Olympic Games took place at the facility. Tottenham played home games at Wembley between 2017 and 2019 as they waited for their stadium to be finished.
During Euro 2020, as many as 8 fixtures took place at the facility (including the semi-finals and the final). In the past, the stadium organised American football matches, boxing fights and numerous music events.
United Kingdom: Is football coming home at the Euros?
At a time when most of the chatter is about the World Cup, plans for the next major football events are being clarified. Great Britain and Ireland announced their joint candidacy for hosting Euro 2028 some time ago. A shortlist of stadiums being considered by the federations was also recently announced.
London: Wembley welcomes back record-breaking NFL crowd
A record-breaking number of American Football fans poured into Wembley Stadium last week (30 October) as the stadium welcomed back NFL International fixtures for the first time in three years.
Qatar 2022: Sensory rooms at 3 out of 8 WC stadiums
The first FIFA World Cup to be played in the Middle East is approaching rapidly, as it will begin in just 2.5 months' time. To prepare well for the tournament, Qatar has undergone extensive changes, promising to host the most accessible championship of all time.
England: More standing areas in stadiums next season?!
All Premier League and Championship clubs will be eligible to apply to operate licensed safe standing areas starting from the next season, the English government has recently announced. This marks the departure from a 30-year-old rule requiring seated-only stadiums.
England: Women's Euro final at the stadium, home style
Popular website Booking.com has an unusual offer for fans of women's football. Two guests of the women's Euro 2022 final, which is scheduled to take place at Wembley Stadium, will be able to watch the game in a unique setting. It is more reminiscent of a hotel suite than stadium stands.
England: Controversy over women's EURO 2022 stadiums
The UEFA European Women's Championship will kick off in just over two months' time, with England hosting the tournament for the second time in its history. Despite the fact that the grand final will take place at Wembley, the stadiums approved for the tournament, according to many, are… too small.
UK and Ireland bid for EURO 2028
Will the fans of “Sons of Albion” sing "Football's coming home" again in 2028? If that happens, they will do it together with the Welsh, Scottish and Irish - including those from the north. The federations of these five countries have announced their joint bid to host the European Championship in 2028.
UK: Wembley closed for next UEFA game!
After dramatic scenes during the Euro 2020 final at Wembley, England has been sanctioned to play their next match in the UEFA competition behind closed doors.
Euro 2020: Investigations launched into Sunday’s debacle
UEFA, the FA, the police – everyone is now investigating how the organisation of a continental tournament final turned into a disaster within hours and despite early warning signs.
Euro 2020: Wembley to reach 100% capacity for the final?
As many as 90,000 people could theoretically participate in the last game of Euro 2020. Although COVID-19 restrictions won’t be lifted until July 19, Wembley might be exempted.
Euro 2020: Record number of infections among Scots in London
Nearly 1,300 “Tartan Army” members returning from London have tested positive for COVID-19. It’s by far the largest contingent of newly discovered infections related to Euro 2020.
Euro 2020: UK still under partial lockdown but Wembley to grow
Although the government pushed the lifting of restriction a month away, Euro 2020 games at Wembley will see major capacity increase.
Euro 2020: English fan rushed to hospital after fall
A very serious accident happened during the game between England and Croatia. A fan fell from the upper tier onto stands below. He was taken to hospital in serious state.
Champions League final: Not Atatürk, not Wembley, it’s Porto’s game
Despite UEFA’s primary claim of doing it for fans, the final is being moved in the interest of sponsors. Portugal was selected as the best option after London, which refused to waive quarantine for commercial partners.
Champions League: Can (and should) the final be moved to England?
After both finalists proved to be English, calls immediately began to move the game from Istanbul to London. But it only became official after the UK placed Turkey on their ‘red list’ of travel destinations two days later.
Euro 2020: What capacities will stadiums have?
Will Bilbao and Dublin lose their hosting rights? Some media outlets got into speculations about potential replacements but it seems to be far from decided. Here’s what we know about Euro 2020 venues allowing fans inside.
United Kingdom: Will they bring football home in 2030 again?
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has recently supported the potential candidacy of the UK and Ireland for the FIFA 2030 World Cup. The formal process for a prospective five-association bid will be opened in 2022.
London: Iconic Wembley pedway being demolished
Though the new Wembley isn't all that new any more, it always had one element that remained after the demolition of its historic predecessor. The long northern pedestrian walkway is now being demolished.
London: All 92 Premier League games at Wembley?
With dozens of games left to play, finishing Premier League season could require holding as many as four a day. This way, in a format similar to TV mega events like the World Cup, the FA would like to salvage what is left of the campaign.
COVID-19 crisis: European football rescheduled
Euro 2020 is no more, get ready for Euro 2021. International games and cup finals also have a new schedule in effort to allow domestic competitions to conclude this summer.