Thursday, December 8, 2011

Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium was first built as an exhibition stadium in order to celebrate the British Empire in 1923. It has since been the home of English football. It was first known as the "Empire Stadium". It became widely known for its twin towers. 

It is the home of England's triumphant World Cup campaign (1966), in tribute to which a statue of the 1966 squad captain, Bobby Moore, now stands right outside the new ground. Wembley Stadium has also been host to England's Euro 1996 fixtures and has staged numerous European Cup finals. 

It is not only a football stadium, but has hosted the Rugby League Challenge Cup finals, Speedway World Championships and the 1948 Olympic Games, witnessing some of the most successful moments in the history of British sport. It currently also stages one NFL (American Football) game a season.

The ground also has a history away from sport, having played host to music concert Live Aid in 1985 and been visited by Pope John Paul II who said mass in 1982. However towards the end of the 20th century it was decided that the ageing national stadium was in need of being replaced. Following 7 years of demolition and reconstruction, the new 90.000 seat capacity stadium was built, complete with a show-piece 133 metre high arch, the largest one in the world, more than four times the height of the towers of the old Wembley Stadium. Wembley Stadium will also be used during the coming 2012 Olympic Games in London, being the biggest out of the six stadiums staging the Olympic Games Football competition. It will host the gold medal events in both the Men's and Women's competition. 

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