Wembley Stadium is one of the most famous football stadiums in the world, and it also plays host to a number of live music and concert events. It can hold 90,000 people and is spanned by the 317-metre Wembley Arch, the longest single-span roof structure in the world.
The closest hotel to Wembley Stadium is the Hilton London Wembley
The original Wembley Stadium was built in 1923, and quickly became one of the most famous football grounds in the world. It was the home for Englands international team, and often hosted the later stages of any domestic football competitions. It was famous for its two towers that overlooked the pitch, and it stood for 80 years. In 2003, however, the site was redeveloped by the Football Association (FA) to create the new venue. This new structure will host the finals of the 2012 Olympic football matches.
The stadium hosts many important football and other sports matches. It hosted the 2011 Champions League Final, it hosts the FA Cup, the FA Community Shield, the Football League Cup, and the Football League Trophy. It hosts the rugby league games in the Challenge Cup, an annual fixture between two visiting NFL teams, and concerts by internationally-famous artists such as: Take That, Metallica, U2, and Madonna. It also is a spectacular and unique venue for one-off events like the Concert For Diana, and the Live Earth Concert. For concerts it can seat 90,000 people, but can have another 15,000 standing.
The stadium was designed by Foster + Partners with Populous, and cost £798 million, making it one of the most expensive stadia ever built. It has a sliding roof that covers all of the seating, but does not entirely enclose the stadium. It serves as an athletic stadium when a temporary platform is erected over the lowest level of seating. It contains 2,618 toilets, more than any other venue in the world, and it has a circumference of 1 kilometre.
Getting to Wembley is easiest if you get the overground train to Wembley Stadium Rail, which runs out of London Bridge with a change at London Marylebone. You can also walk from Wembley Park tube station, which is on the Jubilee and Metropolitan lines. If you are driving there are large car parks at the venue, but you should be aware however you travel that you will need to leave time to get out of the stadium, which can take quite a lot of time, especially if there are 90,000 other people all looking to leave at the same time.
There are accessible toilets and wheelchair platforms for disabled patrons. There are 310 wheelchair places within the stadium, as well as accessible turnstiles, and a number of facilities within the stadium itself.
Wembley Stadium has long been one of the foremost places to see football in the world. For more than eighty years, the name Wembley has been synonymous with the England football team, as well as large concerts that would be impossible to put on anywhere else. For sheer unique spectacle on a grand scale Wembley Stadium has a lot to offer any visitor.