Wembley Stadium

Short history

Wembley Stadium is, after Camp Nou, the second largest stadium in Europe and the standard playing venue of the English national team.

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. 

The stadium officially opened on the 19th of May 2007 with the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester United (1-0).

Most iconic feature of the stadium is its 133 metre tall arch, that with its span of 315 metres, is the longest single span rood structure in the world. Furthermore the stadium has a sliding rood 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.

Important events

Wembley Stadium hosts the annual League Cup Final, the FA Cup Final and the Community Shield. The stadium hosted the 2011 Champions League final between Barcelona and Manchester United (3-1) and the 2013 Champions League final between Dortmund and Bayern M√ľnchen (1-2).

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