Wembley National Stadium
|Inauguration||19/05/2007 - FA Cup final|
|Project||HOK Sport, Foster&Partners|
|Construction||Multiplex Constructions (UK) Ltd.|
|Address||Wembley National Stadium Ltd., 11th Floor York House, Empire Way, Wembley, HA9 0WS|
|Other||retractable roof over part of the stadium, 200 bed hotel, 100 000 m2 of office space, London Convention Centre, conference halls, museum, restaurants|
England's largest stadium was born in pain (2003-2007) - delivered over 4 years behind initial plans, with costs doubling the early estimates. The general contractor and investors ended up in court, many events had to be cancelled.
The seating is divided into 3 tiers, middle one of which is dedicated solely to businness clients on long-term contracts. This scheme helped finance the venue itself and now strongly contributes to the profits, but has also earned some criticism from media and fans. This kind of layout divides regular fans and seperates them, making it hard to produce a proper atmosphere.
Most characterictic feature of the ground is of course the 133-metre steel arch, which is to 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 kilometers.
Poker tour of stadiums
Sports teams do it, rock bands do it- and even many of the world’s top poker players do it too. In recent years there has been a growing trend to hold big tournaments at some of the most iconic sports stadiums around the UK.
London: Tottenham might become the world’s largest club
Yes, you’re not mistaken, Spurs are hoping to fill Wembley week after week in the club’s latest push for growth (and revenue). Together with stadium operator they want to welcome 90,000 people per game.
London: Tottenham show their decor at Wembley
As 17 other clubs, Tottenham begin their UEFA Champions League group campaign tonight. It’s also their debut at Wembley Stadium as temporary home. Will they feel comfortable?
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London: White Hart Lane disappearing while Wembley awaits
We’re only days away from the end of north-east corner’s demolition at White Hart Lane. Meanwhile up to 90,000 people will be able to attend each of Tottenham’s Champions League games at Wembley.
London: White Hart Lane downsized due to construction
Capacity of White Hart Lane goes down to 32,000 after the current season and Champions League games will have to be played somewhere else. Wembley is the most likely choice.
Paris attacks: Stadiums around the world “turn French”
As night falls, numerous landmarks across the globe set their illumination to blue, white and red. Here are the sports venues among them.
Euro Qualifiers: England, Poland and Germany on top
Perhaps surprisingly, the three most-supported national teams during Euro 2016 qualifiers were England, Poland and Germany. In that order! Italy and Spain left well behind, while Austria strived.
London: Chelsea and Tottenham welcome at Wembley
Two major clubs are seeking for their temporary homes and it might be Wembley for one or even both of them. The FA is open to get another key tenant at the 90,000-capacity venue.
Russia 2018: „Our stadiums aren’t more expensive”. But they are…
General director of Sports In, company running 7 projects for the 2018 World Cup, argues Russian stadia aren’t more expensive than in other countries. But he presented the public with manipulated data to make his case.
England: Wembley spoiled the national games’ taste?
A letter from faithful fan of the national team is circulating in the web and causing a heated debate. Many agree with Steve Askew that games at (recently half-empty) Wembley are a doubtful pleasure.
Euro 2020: UEFA’s safe choice of hosts
There’s hardly any surprise in the list of 13 host cities. Sure, Saint Petersburg is included despite Russia’s aggression. Sure, Stockholm is out and Baku has quarterfinals, but that wasn’t hard to predict.
London: Tottenham fans want relocation to Wembley, but it’s unlikely
Tottenham Hotspur need to find a temporary home for the 2017/18 season, but the task isn’t easy despite London’s numerous stadia. In fact, the most viable option may be located in Milton Keynes.
Euro 2020: All 19 bids evaluated by UEFA
It seems Wembley may prepare the champagne for next Friday. Russia and Israel are in a disturbing political situation, while Macedonia, Bulgaria and Belarus are the underdogs unlikely to get a piece of Euro 2020.
London: Record low attendance for Wembley, but England stay put
With Wednesday’s friendly against Norway reaching all-time low new Wembley, demands of moving some games across the country began. And ended soon: England cannot afford to leave Wembley…
London: Double standards a norm at Wembley?
Football Supporters Federation once again argue that football fans are treated differently than the rest of event-goers. And once again we consider the argument absolutely valid.
London: Tottenham confirm potential temporary relocation
Initially planned as a phased development allowing the use of White Hart Lane, Tottenham’s new stadium may force a relocation for the club. Three potential temporary homes were named.
London: Wembley still well in the red
Europe’s most expensive stadium is still repaying the inflated construction price. Bank loans made the stadium lose £7.2 million last year, arguably better than in 2012. ThisIsMoney.co.uk report.
Euro 2020: Complete list of 19 bidding stadiums
Despite over 30 countries expressing interest initially, the final bidding list is short and will see only 6 bids rejected. Which will it be? Here are all stadiums submitted as candidates.
London: Wembley with first sponsor, but name remains
Though nobody used the term ‘naming rights’, both the stadium logo and name have changed. From today England’s largest stadium will be known as ‘Wembley powered by EE’. First such partnership of Wembley was preceded by high scepticism.