A Brief History of Wembley Stadium
Oftentimes referred to as just Wembley, the world famous football (soccer) stadium was originally built in 1923 but was recently rebuilt on the original site of the structure and re-opened in 2007. It is occasionally referred to as the New Wembley. Originally called Empire Stadium, it was also known as the “Twin Towers” during its earlier history. When it is filled to capacity both seated and standing, it houses about 105,000 people.
During its earlier history and up until the original structure was leveled in order to start on the new stadium in 2003, there were over 220 matches held at the old facility. It was the world’s most famous football facility. As it evolved into a football legend, England’s national stadium gained worldwide fame and recognition as the most hallowed grounds for Europe’s most popular sport.
After 1951, England began playing other teams besides always competing with Scotland as it became a great honor for other football teams to compete there at Wembley Stadium. As part of the British Championship, they would play different teams every alternating year. In the 1920s, Scotland became another venue for the British Championship while Northern Ireland and Wales were added in 1951.
During the earlier history prior to the demolition of the original stadium, England dominated by winning the majority of the Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales competitions with 45 wins out of 64 matches for a .703 winning average. The 1966 World Cup Final between England and Germany that ended with a 4 to 2 over time victory for England and to this day was the country’s most memorable football victory in the history of Wembley Stadium.
How to Get to Wembley Stadium
There are four London buses that can be taken to within 0.1 to 0.4 miles from Wembley Stadium which include Olympic Way (0.1 miles from the stadium), Wembley Arena (0.2 miles from the stadium), Wembley Park Station (0.4 miles from the stadium), and Wembley Stadium Station (0.25 miles from the stadium).
The London Underground includes the Jubilee and Metropolitan routes that will take you to Wembley Park within 0.4 miles to the stadium. The London Overground stops at three different Wembley Central locations – Bakerloo, Southern, and Watford DC Line – about a 15 minute walk from Wembley Stadium. Finally, the National Rail stops near Wembley Stadium about a half mile away.
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