The Home of Football
Wembley Stadium is a football stadium located in Wembley Park, in the Borough of Brent, London, England. It opened in 2007 and was built on the site of the previous 1923 Wembley Stadium. The earlier Wembley stadium, originally called the Empire Stadium, was often referred to as "The Twin Towers" and was one of the world's most famous football stadiums until its demolition in 2003.
It is a UEFA category four stadium. The 90,000-capacity venue (105,000 combined seating and standing) is the second largest stadium in Europe, and serves as England's national stadium. It is the home venue of the England national football team, and hosts the latter stages of the top level domestic club cup competition, the FA Cup.
Designed by Foster and Partners and Populous, it includes a partially retractable roof. A signature feature of the stadium, following on from the old Wembley's distinctive Twin Towers, is the 134 metres high Wembley Arch. With a span of 317 meters this steel arch is the longest single span roof structure in the world and, uniquely for a stadium, requires beacons for low flying aircraft.
The stadium was a central component of the English 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup bids. In 2012 it hosted the football finals of the London Olympics. In club football, in addition to the FA Cup the stadium also hosts the showpiece season opening game the FA Community Shield match, the Football League Cup and Football League Trophy as well as hosting the Champions League Final.
The stadium is also an annual regular season venue for the American National Football League's International Series, the first such venue outside North America. Non-sporting uses include large concerts by artists such as Oasis, Bon Jovi, AC/DC, Green Day, Muse, Foo Fighters, Take That, Metallica, U2 and Madonna as well as hosting in July 2007 the Concert for Diana and Live Earth concert.
Nearest Tube: There are two recommended London Underground stations which provide access to Wembley Stadium: Wembley Park on the Jubilee and Metropolitan lines; and Wembley Central on the Bakerloo line.
Train and Overground: There are two recommended National Rail stations which provide access to Wembley Arena: Wembley Stadium station, with direct services from Marylebone station in central London, the Chilterns and Birmingham, and Wembley Central station, with direct train services from Euston station in central London. Both have connections from the National Rail network.
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