24 Facts About Wembley Stadium

1. Wembley Stadium is located in a quiet residential area with some offices mixed in.

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2. Wembley Stadium is within walking distance from Wembley Central metro station, which is served by the Bakerloo line and the London Overground metro.

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3. Wembley Stadium officially opened on the 19th of May 2007 with the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester United.

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4. Wembley Stadium is, after Camp Nou, the second largest stadium in Europe and the standard playing venue of the English national team.

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5. Wembley Stadium features in the opening scene of the film The King's Speech.

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6. Wembley Stadium became a musical venue in August 1972 with The London Rock and Roll Show, an all star concert.

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7. On 18 June 1963, Wembley Stadium hosted a heavyweight boxing match between London native boxer Henry Cooper and American rising star Muhammad Ali in front of 35,000 spectators.

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8. Wembley Stadium hosted the Final of the Speedway World Team Cup in 1968, 1970 and 1973 won by Great Britain and Sweden (1970).

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9. Wembley Stadium was the main venue for the 1948 Summer Olympics, with Fanny Blankers-Koen and Emil Zatopek among the notable winners in athletics.

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10. Wembley Stadium set the international record crowd for a rugby league game when 73,631 turned out for the 1992 Rugby League World Cup Final between Great Britain and Australia.

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11. Wembley Stadium is best known for hosting football matches, having hosted the FA Cup Final annually as well as numerous England International fixtures.

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12. Wembley Stadium was the first pitch to be referred to as "Hallowed Turf", with many stadia around the world borrowing this phrase.

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13. Wembley Stadium is located in the north London Borough of Brent.

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14. Wembley Stadium will host the finals and semi-finals of the UEFA Euro 2020 football championship, after beating off competition from the Allianz Arena in Munich.

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15. The first touchdown scored at Wembley Stadium was on a run by Giants' quarterback Eli Manning.

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16. The first official try at the renovated Wembley Stadium was scored by James Roby of St Helens, although Luke Metcalfe of Castleford High School scored the first try in the schools game that took place before the 2007 Challenge Cup final.

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17. Wembley Stadium hosted the 2013 UEFA Champions League Final, making it the second time in 3 years.

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18. Wembley Stadium hosted Take That Present: The Circus Live for four nights in summer 2009.

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19. Wembley Stadium was one of the 13 venues for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

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20. Wembley Stadium was designed by architects Foster + Partners and Populous and with engineers Mott Stadium Consortium, who were a collection of three structural engineering consultants in the form of Mott MacDonald, Sinclair Knight Merz and Aurecon.

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21. On 31 May 2014, Wembley Stadium hosted its first boxing event, featuring the rematch between Carl Froch and George Groves for the IBF and WBA super-middleweight titles.

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22. Wembley Stadium was used during the 2015 Rugby World Cup, during which it hosted two pool matches:.

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23. Since the new Wembley Stadium opened in 2007 Wembley has hosted games during the NFL regular season.

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24. Contrary to popular belief, Wembley Stadium does not have a retractable roof which covers the playing surface.

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