Wembley National Stadium

Capacity90 652
Country England
CityLondon
Clubs-
Inauguration 19/05/2007 - FA Cup final
Project HOK Sport, Foster&Partners
Construction Multiplex Constructions (UK) Ltd.
Cost £757 million
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

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Description: Wembley

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.

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