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Wembley Stadium

The world-renowned home of English football has been transformed into a 21st century stadium

Inside Wembley Stadium - © The Football Association

A visit to Wembley Stadium is the pinnacle of sport for both football players and fans.

Pele famously said of it: “Wembley is the cathedral of football. It is the capital of football and the heart of football.”

England's national stadium has a hallowed history, with football played at the site from the 1880s, until the original stadium was opened in 1923, with its inaugural event being the FA Cup Final between Bolton Wanderers and West Ham United.

It has been home of the prestigious English club competition ever since, while also hosting England home games, various cup finals and league play-off finals, along with the final of the 1966 World Cup and Euro 1996.

Wembley Stadium during the 2011 UEFA Champions League Final - © The Football Association

Other sports turn to Wembley for their special days, from rugby league to American football to speedway and hockey, and it was the main venue for the 1948 Summer Olympics.

And who can forget watching Freddie Mercury take to the stage with Queen as part of Live Aid in 1985?

Keen to protect this special legacy and allow future generations to experience that Wembley magic, the FA embarked on an ambitious rebuilding of the stadium in 2002, supported by a substantial National Lottery grant.

The existing building was demolished, with a spacious modern venue with an increased capacity and better facilities constructed in its place.

The new Wembley opened in 2007 and has since established itself as one of Britain’s most prestigious places to watch live sport and music.

With a capacity of 90,000, it is now the largest stadium in the UK and the second largest in Europe, welcoming visitors from across the world as they walk along Wembley Way with its iconic 133m arch.

For more information about Wembley Stadium visit the website


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