Pictures of the Week – Wembley Stadium, London

Wembley Stadium – England v Belgium 02/06/2012

With Euro 2012 currently taking place in Poland and Ukraine this week’s picture is of Wembley Stadium.  The home to English football (soccer).  Originally opened in 1923, the new stadium was opened in 2007.  Capacity is 90,000.

It is the home venue to the England football team.  It also hosts the FA Cup final and semi finals, the League Cup final and all the play off finals.  Wembley is used by other sports such as Rugby League, and the NFL have played a regular season since 2007.  It is also used to stage music concerts.  The most famous being Live Aid in 1985.

Famously, Wembley Stadium was home to English sport greatest hour when England beat West Germany 4-2 to win the 1966 World Cup.

Plaque to celebrate England’s 1966 World Cup victory

You can take an organised tour of the stadium.  It costs £16 for an adult and £9 for a child.  There is also a family ticket available for £41.  The tour itself lasts for 75 minutes.

If you attend a match or concert at the stadium be prepared for delays in leaving.  It is out-of-the-way from the centre of London.  Make sure you allow yourself enough time if you are catching a connecting journey.

The nearest tube station is Wembley Park Station which on both the Jubilee and Metropolitan lines.

Bus services 83, 92, 182 and 224 stop 0.25 mile away from the stadium.

Finally, Wembley Stadium is home to the English Football Association which celebrates its 150th anniversary next year.

The name soccer is an abbreviation from the word association.

Until my next post, stay safe, stay healthy and keep on smiling.

Steve

Steve is currently listening to Terminal Jive by Sparks

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