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|
Description: Wembley Stadium
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.
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.
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).
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.
Sports and non-sports events 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.
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.
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?