Wembley National Stadium
|Inauguration||19/05/2007 - FA Cup final|
|Design||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|
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.
UEFA: Petersburg, Munich and London take UCL finals
Three consecutive hosts for UEFA Champions League finals are revealed. It's the first ever final for Saint Petersburg, second for Munich's Allianz Arena and third for new Wembley. Also, Europa League and Super Cup venues for 2021 are announced.
London: Wembley deal off the table. For now
Shahid Khan decided to withdraw his proposal to purchase Wembley, following insufficient support for the transaction within the English football community.
London: Further step towards Wembley sale
Board of the Football Association has unanimously approved the sale of Wembley National Stadium to the Pakistani-American investor Shahid Khan. The deal isn't sealed at all, though. Not so fast...
London: Wembley changing its image as blocks grow
Eventually as many as 20,000 people are expected to live here comfortably. For now the northern approach to Wembley is changing its image as new 15-floor buildings are slowly growing in front of the legendary stadium.
London: Spurs' opening slips further away
September was already out of the picture. Now also October is out and even late-November game against FC Inter has been moved to Wembley. Will the new Tottenham stadium open this year at all?
London: Just how much trouble is Tottenham in?
While details on the stadium's progress remain sketchy, Spurs are subject to growing speculation. Unofficial information suggests their new stadium will not be ready until 2019.
London: Spurs stadium struck by new delay
It's already the second missed deadline for Europe's most expensive private project. September opening isn't happening, October also seems uncertain. When will Tottenham's new stadium open its doors?
London: Exception for Tottenham, speedy construction
In order to aid Spurs' stadium delivery, Premier League has agreed to allow one more game at Wembley, an unlikely exception to the 'one season, one stadium' rule.
London: Could Fulham owner take over at Wembley?
The English Football Association has received a bid worth as much as £900 million to sell Wembley to Fulham owner Shahid Khan. The FA would keep control of the stadium's hospitality offer.
London: Tottenham's breaks two records, fails with two more
Victory against Arsenal is always a feast, but it's even better with new Premier League and derby attendance record. Would have been even more superb if 38 more people showed up. Why?
London: Tottenham (again) ask for capacity increase
Europe's most expensive private stadium is once more expected to grow. Again, this won't make much of a difference, but there is no doubt Tottenham will sell out all of the proposed 503 new seats.
Euro 2020: Brussels out, Wembley benefits
It's an unprecedented case: Brussels lost its hosting rights and four Euro 2020 games will be played at Wembley. Does that mean the Eurostadium scheme is dead?
England: Tottenham set new Premier League record
It wasn't until their fifth game at Wembley that Tottenham Hotspur managed to break the ceiling and set new Premier League attendance record. Of course we only mean the new league's record, old one for Division One still stands.
The FA Cup debate: Should semi-finals at Wembley Stadium be scrapped?
For years, the debate over whether FA Cup semi-finals should be held at the home of English football or, as it was for so long, at neutral venues continues to divide supporters.
London: Wembley repairs could take a decade
Leaky roof could take until late 2020s to be fully repaired due to Wembley's busy event calendar. Part of the funding is expected to come from main contractor's insurance.
London: Final two weeks of White Hart Lane
After 118 years of service there are only 2 more weeks and 2 more games left for White Hart Lane. Demolition will begin after the current season.
London: Could Tottenham stay at White Hart Lane one more season?
White Hart Lane could live to see one more Premier League campaign in 2017/18, but decision on that is still to be taken.
London: Tottenham to sell a million more tickets
After a heated debate Tottenham has been allowed to sell out all of Wembley during their 2017/18 Premier League campaign. With PL games alone this means over 1 million tickets more than at White Hart Lane.
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.