Wembley Stadium, London, England, UK
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N 51° 33.455 W 000° 16.770
30U E 688583 N 5715341
Quick Description: The home of Football. Real football not American football :-) This is new Wembley, rebuilt at a cost of over £750 million. Opened in 2007. Home to the England football team and the FA cup final.
Location: United Kingdom
Date Posted: 5/29/2007 1:14:41 PM
Waymark Code: WM1M29
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member SUp3rFM & Cruella
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Long Description:
Wembley Stadium is a football stadium in Wembley, London, England. With 90,000 seats the stadium has the second largest capacity in Europe. By area it is the largest roof-covered football stadium in the world and stands opposite Wembley Arena. It is often refered to as "New Wembley" to distinguish it from the original stadium at the same site.

The previous Wembley Stadium (originally known as the Empire Stadium) was one of the world's most famous football stadiums, being England's national stadium for football, and because of the geographical origins of the game was often referred to as "The Home of Football". It hosted the European Cup (now the UEFA Champions League) final a record five times, and is one of seventeen stadia to have held a FIFA World Cup final. In 2003, the original structure was demolished and construction began on the new stadium, originally intended to open in 2006. This was later delayed until early 2007. The final completion date of the stadium came on 9 March 2007, when the keys to the stadium were handed over to The Football Association.

The first match staged at the new stadium was an under-21 international between England and Italy on March 24, 2007. The match finished 3-3. The official attendance was 55,700 (although all of the 60,000 tickets that were made available were sold in advance). This now stands as the record for the largest under-21 attendance ever. The first person to score at the new Wembley Stadium was Mark Bright, during a charity match on the Community Day on March 17. The first footballer to score in a FIFA sanctioned match was Italian striker Giampaolo Pazzini after 28 seconds of the first game between England U21 and Italy U21. Pazzini went on to score twice more in the second half of the match making him the first person to score a hat-trick at Wembley Stadium since Paul Scholes for England in 1999. This gives Pazzini two other records, the fastest goal scored at Wembley (old or new stadium) and the first person to score a hat-trick at the new Wembley. The first English player to score in a full-scale match was David Bentley with a free kick in the same game. Kidderminster Harriers striker James Constable was the first player to score a goal in a final at the new Wembley in the FA Trophy Final against Stevenage Borough on May 12, 2007. Stevenage were the first team to win a final at the new Wembley beating Kidderminster 3-2 in the FA Trophy Final. Chelsea's Didier Drogba scored the first FA Cup goal at Wembley on 19 May 2007, against Premiership rivals Manchester United.

Wembley is also to be the venue for the first NFL match hosted outside America, between the Miami Dolphins and the New York Giants, on 28 October. The first 40,000 tickets sold out in just 90 minutes.

It's the home of which team(s)?: England National Team

Which professional sports are played here?: Football

Capacity (number of seats): 90,000

Opening Date: 03/09/2007

Guided Tours: yes

Venue's Website or Team's Website: [Web Link]

Visit Instructions:
1) Tell how was your visit. Were you at a game, which one? Have you just visited it by the outside, on a guided tour maybe? Are you a fan?

2) Pictures:
- They should be taken by YOU.
- No internet pictures are allowed.
- Upload one photo, at least. It would be great if you'd upload one of the venue and one with you on the photo.
- No need of photos with the GPSr.
- Extra credits for photos inside, with the teams playing.
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