|Summer London Olympics Wembley Stadium|
|Coordinates||51°33′21″N 0°16′47″W Coordinates: 51°33′21″N 0°16′47″W|
|Owner||The Football Association|
|Operator||Wembley National Stadium Limited|
|Construction cost||GBP £900 million (2007) (USD $1.57 Billion)|
|Architect||Foster and Partners
Populous (then HOK Sport), Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners (planning consultants)
|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)|
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.
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.
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.