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Wembley Stadium - London

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Club: none | Opening: 2007 | Capacity: 90,000 seats

History and description

Wembley Stadium is, after Camp Nou, the second largest stadium in Europe and the standard playing venue of the English national team. It also hosts the annual League Cup final, FA Cup final, and the Community Shield.

Wembley Stadium replaced the old stadium with the same name that had stood in its place since 1923 and had been host to many cup finals. The old Wembley Stadium got demolished in 2003, after which construction of the new stadium started. After several delays, postponing the opening of the stadium for almost two years, the stadium finally got completed in 2007.

Wembley Stadium officially opened on the 19th of May 2007 with the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester United (1-0). Earlier other official football matches had already been played, of which a match between the English and Italian U21 sides was the proper first.

The new stadium was designed by architecture firms Foster and Partners and Populous and is estimated to have cost a total of £757 million. Most iconic feature of the stadium is its 133 metre tall arch, that, with its span of 315 metres, is the longest single span roof structure in the world.

Wembley Stadium furthermore has a sliding roof  that sits 52 metres above the pitch. Even though the roof does not completely close, it does cover every seat in the stadium, which makes Wembley the largest fully covered stadium in the world.

The stadium hosted the 2011 Champions League final between Barcelona and Manchester United (3-1) and will again host the Champions League final in 2013 to mark the 150th anniversary of the FA.

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2 hours ago, Canaries said:

The best day supporting City happened here at Wembley last May

Careful what you say in front of the Boro lads :lol: You dominated them that day.

Been once for United (Community Shield) and a few times for England. All decent experiences

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31 minutes ago, redblood said:

8 quid for pisswater when I went back 2007

£5 at Carling cup final in 2011. Tho sa was able to lean over, and get several freebies. that machine that pours 4 at a time, is well within reach.

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Bad record at new Wembley. 1 win (Carling Cup Final 08) 4 losses. (Carling Cup Final 09, FA Cup Semi 2010, FA Cup Semi 2012, Capital One 2015).

 

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On 16/03/2016 at 9:19 AM, St Andrew said:

Been there once with Brum...

 

The rest is history. 

Iv'e been 3 times with Blues, 91-95, 2011. Also the millennium twice. 01 and 02.

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41 minutes ago, St Andrew said:

I was at the old Wembley for the John Gayle show against Tranmere and watched Taity rave on against Carlisle.

Wembley is Wembley, old or new. shame the twin tower's have gone tho.

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