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10 facts about Wembley Stadium

With the Rugby World Cup coming to the UK in less than a week, we take a look at one of the biggest stadiums to host the games, Wembley Stadium. With a capacity of 90,000, it is one of the most iconic venues in the UK and has been the setting for numerous world-famous events. Here we take a look at the top 10 facts about Wembley

Emily Scrivener
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1. Wembley Stadium has hosted many memorable events. It was the venue for the 1948 Olympic Games as well as England’s win against Germany in the final of the 1966 Fifa World Cup. This year it will hold 2 of the Rugby World Cup matches.

2. The stadium has a circumference of 1km and encloses 4,000,000 cubic metres inside its walls and under its roof – the equivalent of 25,000 double-decker buses. The roof covers 11 acres.

3. The original Wembley Stadium was built as the centrepiece of the British Empire Exhibition in 1924 and was known as the Empire Stadium. It was demolished in 2003 to make way for the new Wembley structure which opened in 2007.

4. The stadium has become the symbol of English football and has hosted 78 FA Cup Finals, six European Cup finals, one World Cup and the Euro 1996 football championship.

5. Aside from its significance in English football, Wembley has been the setting for numerous other sporting events, from greyhound racing and hockey to the Olympic Games.

6. Some of the world’s biggest musicians have performed here, including Queen in 1986, Michael Jackson in 1988, and the Rolling Stones in 1990.

7. Wembley Stadium will host the finals and semi-finals of the UEFA Euro 2020 football championship, after beating off competition from the Allianz Arena in Munich. It will be the first time a major men’s football tournament has been held in England since Euro 96.

8. The stadium’s pitch combines synthetic grass with the real Wembley grass to strengthen the playing surface.

9. Wembley’s iconic sliding roof covers every seat in the stadium, making it the largest fully covered stadium in the world.

10. The stadium seats 90,000. For events such as rock concerts, the pitch can be covered by specially designed protective panels to create additional standing space for 25,000 fans.



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