2012 London Olympics Wembley Stadium Venue

2012 London Olympics Wembley Stadium
Summer London Olympics Wembley Stadium


Location London, England
Coordinates 51°33′21″N 0°16′47″W Coordinates: 51°33′21″N 0°16′47″W
Broke ground 2003
Built 2003–2007
Opened 2007
Owner The Football Association
Operator Wembley National Stadium Limited
Surface Desso GrassMaster
Construction cost GBP £900 million (2007) (USD $1.57 Billion)
Architect Foster and Partners
Populous (then HOK Sport), Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners (planning consultants)
Project Manager Symonds
Structural engineer Mott MacDonald
Services engineer Mott MacDonald
General Contractor Multiplex Constructions (UK) Ltd
Capacity 90,000 (football, rugby league, rugby union)
86,000 (American football)
75,000 to 90,000 seated and 15,000 standing (concerts)
68,400 to 72,000 (athletics)
Field dimensions 105 × 69 m (344 × 226 ft)

2012 London Olympics Wembley Stadium Key Facts

  • Sport: Football
  • Capacity: 90,000
  • Existing

About Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium is also known as the New Wembley and it is a well known football stadium. It is located in Wembley Park in the London Borough of Brent in England. This stadium opened in 2007 on the earlier structure of 1923.

The Wembley stadium has a capacity to accommodate about 90,000 people and known to be the second largest stadium in Europe. Being the second largest stadium, it is also known to be England’s national stadium and home to England national football team. This stadium has hosted many domestic competitions as well.

Wembley Stadium - Design

The Wembley stadium was designed by Foster Partners and Populous architects and Mott MacDonald were the engineers. The stadium was built by Brookfield Multiplex an Australian company and Sport England, the Football Assocuation, the London Development Agency and the Department for Culture Media and Sport funded it.
About £798 million has been spent on building this stadium and it is considered to be one of the most expensive stadiums ever built. The stadium has a massive roof that covers the entire seating arrangements.

The Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners assisted the Wembley National Stadium Limited in making preparations for the new stadium and its development. The stadium has a bowl design with a total capacity of 90,000 with a sliding roof. The main feature of the stadium is the circular section lattice arch of 7 m with internal diameter of 315 m span and a rising of 133 m. It also has a well designed “platform system” so that it can be converted for athletic use. If this has to be used, its capacity would go down by 60,000. As of now, no athletic events have been hosted now.

Wembley Stadium- Structure

  • The circumference of the stadium is 1 km.
  • The Wembley stadium has 2,618 toilets which makes it, one of the best locus in the world.
  • At the time when the stadium was being constructed, it had 3,500 workers at the site.
  • The bowl volume is 1,139,100 m3.
  • The stadium has 56 km of heavy duty power cables.
  • It also has 4000 piles that form the foundations of the new stadium.
  • For constructing the Wembley stadium, about 90,000 m3 of concrete and 23,000 of steel was used.
  • The stadium has an escalator that stretches to 400 m.
  • The Wembley stadium has a Wembley Arch which is cross-sectional in diameter. It is much bigger than a cross-channel Eurostar train.

Wembley Stadium- other events

Other than the usual events like football, Wembley stadium also holds many major concerts.

On 9 June 2007, the first concert of George Michael was held in the new stadium. Later on 16 and 17 June 2007, Muse was the first band to perform live. Other famous celebrities to perform in the Wembley stadium were Madonna, Metallica, Take That, AC/DC, Coldplay and Foo Fighters.

Michael Jackson’s Tribute concert would have been in this stadium on 8 June 2010 and more than 90,000 fans were expected to come. Other celebrities like Black Eye Peas, Beyonce and Stevie Wonder would have been part of this.

The rock band Green Day continued their world tour and performed at the Wembley stadium on 19 June 2010. The stadium also witnessed many celebrities who have had live performances.