So which is London’s most notable sporting venue? There are a number of claimants to that venerable crown and it will depend on which sport your allegiances lie with. If you are a tennis fan your choice will be Wimbledon, a cricket fan will clearly go for Lords, a rugby fan would obviously choose Twickenham and for the all-round athletics fan, the choice would be the new Olympic Park, built especially for the London Olympics of 2012.
These will all be dealt with in future articles but for now we will focus on Wembley Stadium, the home of English football, located in North London in the borough of Brent.
Wembley was built in 1923 for the British Empire exhibition and was originally called the Empire Stadium. The first major event it hosted was the FA Cup final of 1923. The original structure survived until 2003 when it was demolished and waseventually reopened in 2007 as the new Wembley Stadium. While the old stadium was famous for its twin towers the new stadium is famous for its arch which, at a height of 440 feet (133 m) and with a span of just over 1000 feet (305 m), it is the world’s longest single span roof. Moreover the roof slides to ensure that all spectators can be covered yet at the same time allows direct sunlight to all parts of the pitch. The pitch itself is a mixture of synthetic and natural grass ensuring a high-quality playing surface all year round.
The stadium contains 90000 seats and boasts 98 kitchens, enough to be able to feed 90000 hungry spectators!! Wembley has seen many famous visitors. As well as being the venue for many music concerts over the years including Live Aid in 1985, it also hosted the Olympics in 1948 and the football World Cup final in 1966 when England famously won in the final against West Germany … but only after extra time!
Wembley has even been host to a number of American Football matches in recent times and you might even catch a game if you are coming to see us in the next few weeks to take advantage of our Autumn Flutter offer on any weekend in September or October. The dates are:
28th September – Miami Dolphins v Oakland Raiders
26th October – Detroit Lions v Atlanta Falcons
9th November – Dallas Cowboys v Jacksonville
Tickets for these events are in short supply at this late stage but if anyone can find them, our concierge can so why not set him the challenge! If you’d like an organised tour of Wembley Stadium, or if you are a football fan or even just a sports fan,next time you come to stay with us, talk to our concierge who will certainly be able to organise a Wembley tour for you.