“The rules of soccer are very simple, basically it is this: if it moves, kick it. If it doesn’t move, kick it until it does.” This is a famous saying among football fans and when football comes to London then there is only one place it’s going to be celebrated at. Yes, the Cathedral of Football, Wembley Stadium, which is one of the most recognizable names in sport. The new Wembley Stadium is an international icon, instantly known as the home of English football and the venue of some world’s biggest concerts and events. The stadium is located in Wembley Park in the Borough of Brent, London – United Kingdom. With 90,000 seats, The Wembley is the largest football stadium in the world with every seat under cover and serves as England’s national stadium. It hosts the latter stages of top level domestic club cup competition, the Football Association challenge Cup. It held UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) five star stadium status which was superseded by a new system of classification. It is owned by English Football’s governing body, The Football Association, through their subsidiary Wembley National Stadium Ltd (WNSL).
This English football’s spiritual home was constructed at a total cost of £ 827m. Hence, it is one of them most expensive stadiums ever build. Wembley was designed by architects Foster and Partners and Populous and with engineers Mott MacDonald, built by Australian company Brook field Multiplex and funded by Sport England, WNSL. This stadium was recognized in two prestigious industry awards announced in October, 2007. at the institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) annual dinner held on 11th October, Wembley was awarded ICE London’s 2007 Merit Award. At the builder and Engineer Awards, Wembley was awarded Sports and Leisure Project of the Year.
How to get here?
Wembley is only two stops from Baker Street and nine minutes from London Mary lebone. There are three metro line services named Jubilee and Metropolitan Lines, Chiltern Railways and Bakerloo and London Overground Lines. There is also National express which is Official Travel Provider for Wembley Stadium and provides dedicated links for visitors to the stadium. Wembley is a public transport destination and during peak traffic, public transport is the best option. Outside of peak traffic, you can use a licensed taxi if you require.
Wembley Stadium is located in quiet residential area with some offices mixed in. Few pubs and eating options, for example near Wembley Park tube station, tend to get very crowded on match days, and it may be a better idea to eat and drink in central London.
The Wembley Tour
If you plan to visit the Wembley Stadium then you just don’t need to just enter and wander here and there in the stadium trying to figure out the information about different areas. A full stadium tour is organized by the stadium officials so that you can experience everything as you go behind the scenes at the most famous stadium in the world. The tour length is about 75 minutes and costing only $ 27 per person aged 16+. There is also a new VIP tour which is also called All Areas Access Tour. It costs $75 per head and this almost 75 minutes tour takes you so close to real match day experience that you can almost smell Rooney’s socks, a chance to see the England team’s changing rooms and warm up area, walk through the players’ tunnel, sit in the dugouts, climb the 107 Trophy Winner’s steps and hold an FA cup replica in the Royal Box.
You get the chance to see where the referees prepare before the game before climbing the 107 steps to the Royal Box for a complimentary photo with the FA cup. No tour to England’s National Stadium is complete without a souvenir photo at the Royal Box. The site of football’s greatest triumphs can be relived and cherished here. You are welcomed with a complimentary soft drink upon arrival and handed over a guidebook and exclusive Wembley gift to take home as a memory of your day.
From the viewing gallery, you can witness the stadium bowl from the club Wembley Level and ask questions from your guides. One of the things that make the stadium special is the retractable roof, which ensures that the spectator experience is comfortable in all weathers. When the roof is open it ensures that the turf receives sufficient sunlight and air to keep in perfect condition.
At the end of the tour, all visitors can enjoy ‘The Exhibition of Champions’, a stunning free visitor attraction celebrating golden years of glorious European Football history. It features prize exhibits including inspirational Liverpool skipper Steven Gerard’s 2005 captain’s armband, David Beckham’s jersey from Manchester United’s victorious 1999 campaign and Graeme Souness’s three winner’s medals from 1978, 1981 and 1984.
Just outside the Stadium Store, the 1948 Olympic Tablets are the last remaining parts of the old Empire Stadium still in existence. You can get information about Gold medal winners of every event in the 1948 Olympics and are free to view.
So, just take the Wembley Stadium Tour and get a glimpse into what it is like to be football stars. The stadium has a history and legacy unlike any other and it makes it the most unique football stadium on the globe.