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Get to Know Wembley Stadium ahead of the Champions League Final (@WembleyStadium Video)

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May 23, 2013

Get to Know Wembley Stadium ahead of the Champions League Final (@WembleyStadium Video)

Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium (often referred to simply as Wembley, pronounced /?w?mbli/, or sometimes as the New Wembley) 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 stadia until its demolition in 2003.

As 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.

Owned by English football’s governing body, The Football Association (The FA) it is the sole home venue of the England national football team, and hosts the latter stages of the top level domestic club cup competition, the FA Cup. On May 25th of 2013, Wembley Stadium will host the 2013 UEFA Champions League final following a decision by the UEFA Executive Committee in June 2011.

Known as the ‘Home of Football’, Wembley has hosted six European Cup finals, more than any other stadium, as well as two UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup finals and this year, the highlight of European football’s club calendar returns to the London venue for a record seventh time, and the second time in three years following the 2011 final, to mark the 150th anniversary of the Football Association (FA).

Designed by Foster and Partners and HOK Sport (now 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-metre-high (440 ft) Wembley Arch. With a span of 317 metres (1,040 ft), 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 built by Australian firm Multiplex at a cost of £798 million. The old Wembley closed in October 2000, with demolition originally intended for that December and the new stadium due to open in 2003. After delays to the project, with demolition first started in September 2002, the old Wembley was not completely demolished until February 2003, with the new stadium scheduled to open in time for the 2006 FA Cup Final. After further delays, the stadium was delivered nearly a year late, leading to legal disputes between WNSL and Multiplex, who ultimately made a significant loss on the project. The stadium was handed over on 9 March 2007, in time to host the 2007 FA Cup Final.

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In Wembley’s 90th year Olly Murs of FATV on youtube took a look back at some of the moments that have made this stadium loved by people throughout the world…

Random Shit about the New Wembley Stadium::

The biggest attendance so far in the new Wembley was the 89,874 who watched the 2008 FA Cup Final featuring Portsmouth and Cardiff City.

The stadium has a circumference of 1 km

There are 107 steps in the trophy presentation route – the old stadium had 39 steps

The new Wembley encloses 4,000,000 m³ inside its walls and under its roof. This is the equivalent of 25,000 double-decker buses or 7 billion pints of milk

The new pitch is four metres lower than the previous pitch

The stadium’s pitch is enhanced by desso technology which combines synthetic grass with the real Wembley grass to strengthen the surface – this system provides a consistently high standard playing surface at Wembley and enables the multi use venue to host football, rugby, American football and music events

The pitch is covered by specially designed protective panels for rock concerts which creates space for up 25,000 fans to stand

Each of the two giant screens in new stadium is the size of 600 domestic television sets

The total length of the escalators is the same as a 400 metre running track

At Wembley trophies are presented to the winning team from the Royal Box rather than on the pitch

The Royal Box is in the traditional position – in the middle of the north stand – as in the old Wembley Stadium

On the next page, check out some behind the scenes Wembley tour video that I found on the internets….

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