Capacity: 90,000 (all
|What's Wembley Stadium Like?
Wembley Stadium External View (photo)
What Is It Like For Supporters?
Looking Towards The East Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
North Stand (photo)
How To Get There And Where To Park
East & South Stands (photo)
Looking Towards The West Stand (photo)
Wembley Stadium Tour Video
Wembley Stadium Location Map
|What's Wembley Stadium Like?|
|Well it may have been
late in opening and over budget, but the new
stadium has certainly been worth the wait and the
extra expenditure. To say that it looks superb, is
really an understatement. 'Fantastic',
'tremendous', such words probably still don't do
it enough justice. But what is really great about
the stadium, is that it has its own individual
identity and character. From the moment you see
the Arch towering over the stadium in the
distance, then you know that this is going to be
something special, and special it is. Plus unlike
a number of other stadiums around the world that
host a number of sporting events including
football, Wembley is primarily for football and is
the home of the England team. No wonder that it is
labelled the 'Home of Football'.
The old Wembley closed its doors in 2000 and was due to re-open in August 2005, but delays meant that the new stadium was not ready until March 2007. Designed by Foster & Partners and HOK Sport, the stadium which was built by Multiplex cost £737m to construct.
The stadium is totally enclosed and comprises three tiers, with both sides of the stadium being slightly larger than the ends. These sides are semi circular in construction and although on a larger scale are reminiscent of the similar designs at the Emirates & City Of Manchester Stadiums. Both these side stands large upper and lower tiers, with a smaller middle tier sandwiched in-between. This middle tier overhangs the large lower tier and has a row of executive boxes at the back of it. At each end there is a large video screen, which is moulded into the third and hence is an integral part of the stadium. The stadium has a complicated looking roof, that initially appears retractable and could if necessary be used to enclose the stadium from the outside elements. However, just over one third can be moved, so that the pitch will always be open to the elements. Unlike the old stadium whereby the players would enter the field of play from a tunnel at one end, the players now enter the field in the conventional way, onto the half way line from the North Stand, where the Royal Box is situated..
The most striking external feature of
the stadium is 'The Arch', towering some 133
metres above it. It comprises of white tubular
steel, that can be seen for many miles across
London and looks particularly spectacular at
night when it is lit up. Oddly you can't see
much of the Arch from inside the stadium. It
does though have a practical use in being a load
bearing support frame for the roofs of the
stands. It reminds me of some sort of theme park
ride and I half expect to see people being
propelled over it.... now that would be
interesting to watch at half time!
|The Wembley Stadium Arch|
Seeing Wembley for the first time, you can't help but be impressed with the sheer quality of the place. From escalators to transport fans up to the top tier to the 'landscaped concourse, you can see that no expense has been spared. Although not the most generous of leg room that I have come across, it is still more than adequate and there is good height between rows. Add to this that there literally is not a bad seat in the house (even seats at the very top of the upper tier have excellent views) and with the roofs of the stadium being situated very close to the crowd, then a full house should generate an excellent atmosphere. The top tier (Level 5) is particularly steep, which may cause a few to be a bit short of breadth as they reach the top, but at least this angle ensures that the spectators are kept as close to the playing action as they possibly can be.
Whereas most concourses in new stadiums
so far built in this country are normally rather
drab affairs, with a combination of breeze blocks
and cladded piping, being predominantly on view,
at Wembley it is different. For once someone has
had the vision to hide these ugly features, with
timber rafting and well positioned lighting,
giving a modern stylish look. Apparently there is
one refreshment till per 100 spectators in the
stadium. Whether that is a good or bad ratio, in
terms of queuing times, remains to be seen. The
catering is provided by the same American company
who also supply and run the catering at Arsenal.
Prices have always been historically expensive at
Wembley and the new stadium certainly follows in
the tradition here; Various pies £4.50
(which although expensive are
excellent), Stonebaked Pizza (£4.30), Foot Long Hot Dog (£5.40),
Mexican style Nachos (£4.50), Chicken Dippers
(£6), plus you can have a Pie & Pint for
£8.30. The concourses themselves are mostly fairly
spacious, have betting facilities provided by
BetFred, a number of flat screened televisions, as
well as a programme (nicely put in a carrier bag
for you to carry home) and merchandise outlets.
|Where To Drink?|
There are not
many pubs located close to the stadium. The few
pubs that are close by such as; J.J. Moons
(Wetherspsoon), the Green Man (both near Wembley
Stadium station) and the
Torch (near Wembley Park tube station), are
usually heaving many hours before kick off. On the
nearby Wembley Retail Park there is Moore Spice 1966, which although
being primarily a restaurant has a large
separate drinking area which admits
fans on matchday. I should
point out that most of the pubs mentioned above
will designate themselves as only allowing
entrance to their premises for fans of one club or
another who are playing at Wembley on that day. So
if you intend going early and intend visiting one
of these pubs, I would recommend telephoning them
in advance to check whether your team's supporters
are being allowed admittance.
|How To Get There And Where To Park|
|The stadium has been labelled as a
'public transport' destination, meaning that there
is limited parking available at the stadium itself
and there is also a residents only parking scheme in
operation in the local area. The pricing
and availability of stadium parking varies per event.
More information and bookings can be made on the CSP
The stadium is well signposted from the end of the M1 & M40. Basically the stadium is just off the A406 North Circular Road.
From the M1:
At the roundabout at the end of the M1, tirn rigght onto the A406 (North Circular/West Wembley). Continue along the A406 for a couple of miles and then after crossing a metal suspended bridge, you will pass a McDonalds on your left. At the traffic lights with an Ikea Store on one corner bear left onto Drury Way. Keeping the Ikea store on your right go straight across the next two roundabouts. You will pass a Tesco petrol station on your right and then at the traffic lights turn left into Grand Central Avenue (B4557). The stadium is at the end of this road.
Map showing the location of Wembley Stadium (at the bottom of this page).
Map showing the layout and immediate area around the stadium.
I would recommend parking at one of the tube stations at the end of the Metropolitan line such as Uxbridge, Hillingdon or Ruislip or at Stanmore on the Jubilee line and then take the tube to Wembley Park.
London Underground tube map (takes you to the Transport For London website).
|East And South Stands|
The nearest underground station is Wembley Park which is around a ten minute walk from the stadium. This is served by both the Jubilee & Metropolitan lines, although it is best to take the latter as it has less stops. Wembley Central is slightly further away from the stadium and has both rail & underground connections. This underground station is served by the Bakerloo line, whilst the railway station is on the London Euston-Milton Keynes line. The nearest train station is Wembley Stadium which is on the London Marylebone-Birmingham line.
The photo above was taken from above
|Fans Reviews Of Wembley Stadium|
& Stephen Spooner (Southend United) 7/4/13
Tim Sansom (England) 12/10/12
Peter Gordon (Olympics Football) 6/8/12
Owen Robson (York City) 12/5/12
Luke Burton (Chelsea) 15/4/12
Daniel Gosbee (Chelsea) 15/4/12
C Moss (Everton) 14/4/12
Vincent Ryan (Swindon Town) 29/05/10
Glenn Aylett (Carlisle United) 23/03/10
Kate Brown (Southampton) 23/03/10
Richard Randall (Aston Villa) 28/02/10
Martin Hart (Ebbsfleet United) 10/05/08
Tim Joyner (West Bromwich Albion) 28/05/07
Damian Feeney (Blackpool) 27/05/07
Chris Czora (Shrewsbury Town) 26/05/07
Doug Bagley (Tottenham Hotspur) 19/05/07
Chris Hutchings (AFC Totton) 13/05/07
Glyn Berrington (Kidderminster Harriers) 12/05/07
David Lees (Kidderminster Harriers) 12/05/07
Download a plan showing the
individual numbered seating blocks
The cost of programmes vary from match to match, but expect to pay in the region of £7.
|There are 310 places for wheelchairs located throughout the stadium, including each of the levels. There is also space for each wheelchair user to have a companion helper.|
126,047* West Ham United v Bolton Wanderers
FA Cup Final, April 28th, 1923.
Modern All Seated Attendance Record:
89,874 Portsmouth v Cardiff City
FA Cup Final, May 17th, 2008.
* This was the official recorded attendance. But as so many more people had got into the stadium without paying, it is estimated that the crowd was nearer 200,000.
offer tours on most days of the year. The 90 minute
tour costs; Adults £16, Under 16's & Over 60's £9.
Family tickets (2 Adults & 2 Children) are also
available at £41. Tours can be booked online at Ticketmaster or by
calling 0844 800 2755.
Tour Review By Doug Bagley (Jan 2008)
you require hotel accommodation in the area then first
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|Map showing the location of the stadium, railway station, tube station and listed pubs|
Instructions for using the map:
|If anything is incorrect
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* Wembley Stadium was originally opened in
1924. That stadium was demolished in 2000.