TIt’s a tribute to the new Wembley that all the yearning for the previous incarnation of stadium has died down since it opened its doors.
There’s little doubt that generations who remember the ‘Twin Towers’ will always look back on the original Wembley with dewy-eyed fondness but it was outdated and difficult the renovate. The new version has established itself as a worthy successor since it first opened its gates back in 2007 and is busy creating memories of its own.
The New Wembley Stadium
The new Wembley has a maximum capacity of 90,000 for sporting events, making it the 2nd largest stadium in Europe behind Barcelona’s Camp Nou. It was built at a cost of £798 million and after encountering several delays, it was finally handed over to the Football Association in March 2007, ready for that year’s Cup Final, which marked its official opening.
Wembley Stadium Stat Pack
It has a partly retractable roof, which covers every seat in the stadium if needed.
It’s key feature is the Wembley Arch, which is visible across London. It’s the longest single span roof structure in the world.
The arch is 134m high at its tallest point and spans the length of the stadium.
More than 3500 construction worked on site at any one time.
If you lined up all the seats in the stadium in one big line, they would cover 54 kilometres.
If you walk around the stadium in one go, then you’ve walked 1km. The bowl encloses 4,000,000 cubic metres or the equivalent of 25,000 double decker buses.
There are more than 2618 toilets, 164 turnstiles, 26 lifts and 30 escalators on site.
The stadium incorporates 34 bars, 8 restaurants and 688 food and drink service points.
Around 40,000 pints of beer can be served during half time during a big event.
Sport At Wembley Stadium
The Stadium is probably most famous for the association football events it hosts. It is the home of the England national football team who play all their home matches at Wembley. Their first game at the newly built arena took place on June 1st, with John Terry scoring the first goal of the new era to open the scoring in a showpiece friendly against Brazil, which ended in a 1-1 draw.
The Football Association are a key tenant, so major events in the domestic league calendar are held at Wembley, including the FA Cup Final and both Semi Finals, the League Cup Final, promotion play-off finals.
In addition to football, Wembley hosts many other sports including rugby league, rugby union, American football and athletics. It has also been the venue for a number of high profile boxing matches, beginning with the eagerly anticipated rematch between domestic rivals Carl Froch and George Groves in 2014. 80,00 spectators were in attendance for that contest, the largest post war crowd for an British boxing bout.
Other Entertainment at Wembley Stadium
The stadium also stages music events across the summer months, although not with the same level of frequency as the associated Wembley Arena. George Michael was the first artist to perform at the new Wembley, since which the likes of Oasis, U2, Madonna, Take That and Bruce Springsteen have also taken to the stage.
English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran became the first of artist to play the new Wembley without a band, selling out three nights and playing to over 240,000 people in July 2014.