Wembley Stadium is one of the most famous sporting venues in the world. Originally built in 1923, the stadium is not best known for American Football, more association football, for it is the national stadium of the England national team and venue of all English domestic football competition finals.
The original structure was demolished in 2003, making way for the new Wembley Stadium which, when officially re-opened in 2007, became the most expensive stadium ever to be built anywhere in the world at a cost of almost £800 million. It is also one of the biggest stadiums in the World with a capacity of 90,000.
The signature feature of the stadium includes the 133 metre tall Arch which spans the arena and can be seen from miles around. There is also a statue of the late Bobby Moore, who was captain of the England team that won the World Cup at the stadium in 1966, outside the main entrance to the stadium as you enter from Wembley Way.
The stadium also features a retractable roof which can be used during adverse weather conditions. The 2007 NFL London clash between the Miami Dolphins and New York Giants was subjected to hours of rain before and during the game, which may force Wembley officials to decide to close the roof if similar weather conditions are forecast for the 2008 game between the New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers.
New York Giants Super Bowl winning Quarterback Eli Manning, said after the 2007 Giants Dolphins game “It was a great experience to play at Wembley, the Stadium was fantastic and the crowd enjoyed themselves” adding that he would love to play there again someday.
- Capacity 90,000
- It is the largest stadium in the World with all seats under cover.
- Pitch Size 115 yards long x 75 yards wide
- 2,618 toilets
- The Arch is 133 metres at its highest point
- Contains 212,000 tonnes of concrete
- 23,000 tonnes of steel have been used in the structure.