Wembley Stadium (2007)

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Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium (2013)
Wembley Stadium (2013)
place United KingdomUnited Kingdom Wembley , London , United Kingdom
Coordinates 51 ° 33 '21.5 "  N , 0 ° 16' 46.4"  W Coordinates: 51 ° 33 '21.5 "  N , 0 ° 16' 46.4"  W.
classification 4th
owner The Football Association
operator Wembley National Stadium Limited (WNSL)
start of building July 2003
opening March 2007
surface Hybrid lawn
costs 1.2 billion euros
capacity 90,000 seats
playing area 105 × 68 m

The Wembley Stadium ( English Wembley Stadium ) is a football stadium in Wembley , part of the London borough of Brent . The stadium is mainly known for football matches . It was built from 2003 to 2007 after the old Wembley Stadium was demolished in 1923, holds 90,000 spectators and has a 133 m high arch and a roof that can be closed. The stadium is the second largest football stadium in Europe after the Camp Nou in Barcelona .


The construction site of the new Wembley Stadium (2006)

After the old Wembley Stadium was closed in October 2000 and demolished in 2003, a new National Stadium was built on the same site .

The Australian construction company Multiplex Group was won over for the new building . However, the company could not meet the originally planned financing costs of 326 million pounds sterling : By the time the contract was signed, the planned costs had climbed to 445 million pounds. After completion of the stadium, the pure stadium costs were already around 800 million pounds. Multiplex had to pay for 147 million pounds of the additional costs itself, which is why the owner of the construction company agreed to contribute up to 38.1 million US dollars from his private assets. Due to the poor financial planning and the associated consequences, the company's shares plummeted by 40 percent. The total construction costs (including financing and infrastructure) were estimated at 1.2 billion euros in May 2013 .

Compared to the old Wembley Stadium, the new arena is twice as large and four times as high. Instead of the 39 steps that had to be climbed in the past, you now have to climb 107 steps from the field to reach the Royal Box , the tribune of honor on which the trophy previously won on the lawn is presented.

The new Wembley Stadium was completed on May 23, 2007. It was originally supposed to open on May 13, 2006 with the English Cup final . However, since the construction company responsible could only give a seventy percent guarantee that the construction would be completed on time, the final was actually moved to the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff for the sixth time in a row .


Basic data
start of building July 2002
construction time 56 months
opening March 2007
height 52 m (stadium)
133 m (arch)
width 300 m
length 315 m
scope 1 km
Seats 90,000
Grandstand capacity 34,303 (lower
tier ) 16,532 (middle
tier) 39,165 (upper tier)
Wheelchair spaces 310
Press spaces 400
Restaurants 6th
Bars 34
Kitchens 98
Food and drink stands 688
Toilets 2,618
elevators 26
Escalators 30th
Parking spaces 2,900
Bus parking 500

Wembley Stadium is the national stadium for the English national football team.

The first football game at the new Wembley was a charity match on March 17, 2007. The first goal of the event was scored by Mark Bright, a former professional footballer. The first official international match was the U21 friendly match between England and Italy on March 24, 2007 (final score 3: 3). In this game, the Italian Giampaolo Pazzini scored the first goal scored by a professional player in the new stadium after just 25 seconds.

The first competitive game was the 2007 FA Cup final on May 19, 2007; Didier Drogba was the goalscorer in Chelsea FC's 1-0 win over Manchester United . On June 1, 2007, the first A international match was carried out in the new Wembley Stadium, where England and Brazil separated 1: 1. England's next game in the new arena also meant their first defeat: On August 22, 2007, they suffered a 2-1 draw in a friendly against Germany ; the first victory came on September 8th in a 3-0 victory over Israel .

During the 2012 Olympic Games , four preliminary round games, a quarter-final, two semi-finals and the two final pairings for women and men took place as part of the soccer tournament.

The UEFA Champions League final was held twice in the new arena: in 2011, FC Barcelona and Manchester United met . Two years later, in recognition of the 150th anniversary of the English Football Association by UEFA , Wembley experienced the first and so far only purely German final of the Champions League between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Munich .

In the 2016/17 season, Tottenham Hotspur played their home games in the UEFA Champions League at Wembley Stadium due to the construction of White Hart Lane . In 2017/18, all of Spurs' home games took place in the national stadium. For this season, Tottenham paid the Football Association as the owner around 19.7 million euros in rent. In April 2019, after some delays, the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was inaugurated.

date competition encounter Result
May 28, 2011 2010/11 UEFA Champions League FC Barcelona - Manchester United 3: 1
May 25, 2013 UEFA Champions League 2012/13 Borussia Dortmund - FC Bayern Munich 1: 2

After the two finals of the UEFA Champions League in 2011 and 2013, the English football association FA competed with Wembley Stadium for the 2023 final to mark the 100th anniversary of the famous football temple . It would be the third final of the European premier class in the last 12 years at the new Wembley Stadium. The old Wembley has hosted the European Cup and the Champions League five times. The decision for London was made on September 24, 2019, when the finals for 2021 to 2023 were awarded in Ljubljana .

Games at the 2021 European Football Championship

In September 2014, Wembley Stadium was initially accepted as the venue for the two semi-finals and the final of the 2021 European Football Championship , originally scheduled for 2020 , which was to be held once in a total of 13 European countries. After UEFA canceled the originally intended venue Grimbergen (Belgium) due to delays in planning, the games originally planned for there (three preliminary round matches and one round of 16) were also assigned to London. With a total of eight games, most of the games at this European Championship will be played in Wembley Stadium.

Sun., June 13, 2021, 2:00 p.m. (3:00 p.m. CEST) - Group D
EnglandEngland England - CroatiaCroatia Croatia 1: 0 (0: 0)
Fri., June 18, 2021, 8:00 p.m. (9:00 p.m. CEST) - Group D.
EnglandEngland England - ScotlandScotland Scotland 0-0
Tue., June 22, 2021, 8:00 p.m. (9:00 p.m. CEST) - Group D.
Czech RepublicCzech Republic Czech Republic - EnglandEngland England 0: 1 (0: 1)
Sat, June 26, 2021, 8:00 p.m. (9:00 p.m. CEST) - round of 16
ItalyItaly Italy - AustriaAustria Austria 2: 1 a.d. (0: 0)
Tue., June 29, 2021, 5:00 p.m. (6:00 p.m. CEST) - round of 16
EnglandEngland England - GermanyGermany Germany 2: 0 (0: 0)
Tuesday, July 6, 2021, 8:00 p.m. (9:00 p.m. CEST) - semi-finals
Winner quarter-finals 2 - Winner quarter-finals 1 -: - (- :-)
Wed., July 7, 2021, 8:00 p.m. (9:00 p.m. CEST) - semi-finals
Winner quarter-finals 4 - Winner quarter-finals 3 -: - (- :-)
Sun., July 11, 2021, 8:00 p.m. (9:00 p.m. CEST) - final
Winner semifinals 1 - Winner semifinals 2 -: - (- :-)

Games at the 2022 European Women's Football Championship

Wembley Stadium was also selected as the final venue for the women's European football championship to be held in England in 2022 . This will make Wembley the first stadium to host both a men's and a women's European Championship final.

(Date still open) - Final
Winner semifinals 1 - Winner semifinals 2 -: - (- :-)

Other sports

Circuit for the Race of Champions

On December 16, 2007, the racing spectacle Race of Champions was held at Wembley Stadium. For this purpose, the lawn was turned into a one kilometer long race track within six days. First, the company FM Conway laid out 8500 aluminum protective plates along the double lane on the Wembley lawn and set up 400 meters of freeway crash barriers on the winding parts of the route. The team then applied around 3,500 tons of asphalt in three layers. In contrast to other racetracks, the greatest value was not placed on grip here , so that more spectacular scenes emerge. After the race, the track was dismantled within three days. The asphalt was recycled and paved elsewhere.


In 2015, Wembley Stadium hosted two group matches of the Rugby Union World Cup , including the victory of eventual world champions New Zealand against Argentina . In addition, Ireland defeated Romania in a group match in front of 89,267 spectators.

In addition, the London rugby club Saracens has played at least one game per season at Wembley Stadium since 2009.

NFL football

Since 2005, the National Football League (NFL) has played regular season games abroad as part of the NFL International Series . On October 28, 2007, the first took place outside of North America. The eventual winners of the Super Bowl XLII , the New York Giants , prevailed against the Miami Dolphins with 13:10 . Also in the following years a game was played at Wembley Stadium; in 2013 there were two games for the first time and in 2014 there were three games for the first time.


Live Earth at Wembley

The first concert in the new building was originally supposed to be played by Bon Jovi . Due to the problems with the completion of the stadium, the planned concerts for June 10th and 11th, 2006 had to be canceled. On June 9, 2007, George Michael finally played the first concert in the new stadium, and Muse sold the new stadium for the first time on both evenings the following weekend. On July 7, 2007, the European part of the global Live Earth concert took place in Wembley Stadium next to Hamburg . A day later, the Metallica group held a concert as part of the 2007 “Sick of the Studio” tour. On July 9, 11 and 12, 2009 the Britpop band Oasis played three concerts in a row. On July 1, 2007, the Concert for Diana took place in honor of Princess Diana , who had died ten years earlier . In 2015 Ed Sheeran was the first solo artist to play completely without a band on three days in front of 80,000 people a day. On the occasion of his x tour, the concert recording Jumpers For Goalposts was recorded at Wembley Stadium. The South Korean boy band BTS also played two sold-out concerts at Wembley Stadium on June 1 and 2, 2019 as part of their Speak Yourself Stadium World Tour . This makes them the first artists from Asia to perform there.


As part of the new construction, a new pedestrian bridge was built at the nearby Wembley Stadium station, the name of which was to be determined in an online survey by the BBC in 2005 . Of more than 670,000 votes, mainly from Germany, Dietmar Hamann Bridge was suggested the most - the German international had scored the last goal in the old Wembley Stadium and thus brought England a serious defeat. Ultimately, however, this proposal was rejected and the bridge was instead named after a police horse, The White Horse Bridge, who was particularly capable during the first FA Cup final in the old stadium .

See also


  • Kenneth Powell, Patrick Barclay: Wembley Stadium: Venue of Legends . Ed .: David Jenkins. Prestel, Munich, London 2007, ISBN 978-3-7913-3773-9 . (English)

Web links

Commons : Wembley Stadium  - collection of images, videos and audio files

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