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Wembley Stadium Also known as The Empire Stadium and The Church of Football

 

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  • Wembley Stadium was originally built for the British Empire Exhibition of 1924 and was first used for the 1923 FA Cup Final when 200,000 crammed into the 123,000 capacity arena and flooded onto the pitch.
  • Events hosted by the stadium included the 1948 Olympics, the 1966 World Cup, Live Aid in 1985, 5 European Cup Finals and the 1996 European Cup.
  • Considered the spiritual home of football by many, Wembley has been nicknamed the Church of Football by Pele in recognition of the dominating role it played in developing the game throughout the 20th century.
  • Attempts were made to save and move the famous art deco twin towers but these were abandoned when the developers of the new stadium were faced with the cost.

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Architect
Maxwell Ayrton
Sir John Simpson
Main Contractor
Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd
Structural Engineer
Sir Owen Williams

Reference Data

Reference No.
3940
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
19-06-2010
 

Building Location

Address
Empire Way, Wembley, London. HA9
Council
Brent
County
London
Region
London
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Demolished
Construction start date
1923
Completion date
1923
Demolition Date
2000
Style
Art Deco

Roof Height (AGL)
133.07

Market Data

Primary Use
Stadium


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