17 Nov 2021

Fun and interesting facts about Wembley Stadium in London

There is no way around it. When you think of iconic football stadiums, Wembley Stadium is right up there with the best. Despite its short existence, the stadium has seen many stars walk through its doors (we’ll elaborate on that later). Wembley may be home to the England national football team, but there is so much more to this glorious stadium that we bet you didn’t know. If you want to learn more interesting facts about Wembley Stadium, then read on…

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It has been used as a club venue

Wembley Stadium being used as a venue for Tottenham Hotspur
Wembley being used as a venue for Tottenham Hotspur

As we mentioned above, Wembley Stadium is most closely associated with the England Football Team. Indeed, ever since its completion, it has been the home of the National Team. This extends to the women’s game as well – Wembley is also the home ground for the Lionesses as well as the Three Lions.

Yet despite this, Wembley Stadium has also been used as a domestic venue by clubs in desperate need of a stadium to call their home for a short while. The last club to use Wembley as a home ground for their matches was Tottenham Hotspur. Tottenham left White Hart Lane at the end of the 2015/16 season, as the Lane needed to be demolished for the construction of the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to take place.

However, despite this, Tottenham had been unable to find a suitable ground-share to call their temporary home. As such, with time running out and no alternative in sight, Tottenham eventually managed to strike a deal with the English FA to use Wembley as their home stadium until construction of the new one was finished. Tottenham subsequently played their home matches at Wembley for the entirety of the 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons, before eventually moving into their new ground in 2019.

It is not just a football stadium

The NFL logo and American Footballs
The Stadium has been used as a staging ground for the NFL

Despite it being most closely associated with the beautiful game, Wembley is not just a football stadium. Wembley has also played host to numerous other venues, such as concerts and boxing matches. Indeed, it is often a powerful marker of a celebrity’s success to be able to attract vast crowds to watch them perform under the famous Wembley Arch.

In recent years, the Stadium has seen quite a few notable events. One of the most notable events to take place here was back in 2007 when Wembley hosted the first-ever regular-season NFL game in Europe and outside of North America. The game was a huge success, as it saw the New York Giants defeat the Miami Dolphins 13-10 in front of 81,176 spectators. Ever since then, Wembley has played host to numerous other regular-season NFL games.

As well as this, the Stadium has also played host to other notable events such as boxing matches. Although numerous big-ticket fights have been held at the venue, arguably one of the most famous came in 2017. Anthony Joshua was fighting to defend his belts against challenger Wladimir Klitschko. The fight saw Joshua defeat Klitschko and retain his belts, winning on a Technical Knockout in front of 90,000 fans!

The quality of the football pitch was an area of significant debate for several years

The pitch at Wembley

Wembley is without a shadow of a doubt one of the most impressive and awe-inspiring venues in the world. With this being the case, English football fans had a very justifiable stadium to be immensely proud of. Or at least, they did until games started being played at the new stadium.

The pitch was considered by many to be below the standard for the national football team. Consequently, many drew unflattering comparisons with the immaculate pitch of the old Wembley. Indeed, the pitch was cited by some as a major reason as to why the England team infamously failed to qualify for the UEFA EURO 2008 Championship. Astonishingly, the pitch was laid and re-laid 10 times in the period between 2007 and 2010, and it took a few years after this until the pitch was considered worthy to be played upon by the England team.

It is the second-largest stadium in Europe

The Nou Camp, home to FC Barcelona
The Nou Camp is the largest Stadium in the world

With a capacity for 90,000 spectators at an all-seater venue, Wembley is certainly an impressive size. Indeed, it is the biggest stadium in the United Kingdom, and unsurprisingly also the biggest venue in England.

Being the home of a national side as renowned as England, it should come as no surprise that the stadium is also one of the largest in Europe. The vast capacity means that it can beat out incredibly vast and iconic venues such as Borussia Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion and Real Madrid’s iconic Santiago Bernabeu, which can accommodate over 81,000 people!

Despite its impressive size, you may be surprised to learn that Wembley is not the largest stadium in Europe. That particular honour goes to the Camp Nou in Barcelona. The home of FC Barcelona, the venue can accommodate over 99,000 fans!

A time capsule is buried underneath the Stadium

As is the case with most things, Wembley Stadium will most likely follow in the footsteps of the Old Wembley and be demolished when renovation alone cannot keep the Stadium upgraded to the required standard. When the Stadium does eventually get demolished, construction workers may uncover the time capsule that was buried beneath Wembley in 2005.

The time capsule itself contains mementoes from England and Britain’s sporting heritage. These include a signed England shirt, 2012 Olympic bid memorabilia and part of the Old Wembley’s twin towers. The capsule also reportedly contains a replica shirt from the 1968 European Cup final that was played at the Old Wembley. The replica shirt is meant to honour football legend George Best, whose funeral took place shortly before the capsule was buried.

The time capsule is not the only thing buried beneath Wembley

The Old Wembley, upon which the modern-day stadium is built, was certainly the site of numerous glorious moments. Chief among these was of course the 1966 World Cup Final when England beat West Germany 4-2. Sir Geoff Hurst scored a hat-trick in that famous game. To this day he is the only player ever to score a hat-trick in a World Cup Final!

However, one of the more bizarre facts about Wembley Stadium is that the ground that Wembley was built upon was also the sight of a massive failure. Fortunately, this one is not football-related. In the 1890s, construction began on what was intended to be the ‘Great Tower of London’. The Tower was modelled after the Eiffel Tower in Paris. It was intended to put the Eiffel Tower to shame by making the London version even taller.

However, the company behind the ambitious project went bankrupt. As a result, the ‘Great Tower of London’ was never finished. What had been built was demolished in the 1900s and the project was consigned to the dustbin of history.

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