Wembley Stadium – Arena and Football Ground
The previous Wembley Stadium (originally known as the British Empire Exhibition Stadium or Empire Stadium) was one of the world’s most famous football stadia, 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”. Immediately following its opening, it was often referred to as the “new Wembley Stadium” to distinguish it from the original stadium.
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 FA.
Capacity — 90,000 seats
Opened — 2007
Location — The Wembley Stadium is located in the London Borough of Brent in London, England.
Address — Wembley Arena, Wembley Stadium Complex, Empire Way, London HA9 0DWB England UK
Club — Its primary use is for home games of the England national football team, and the main English domestic football finals.
Directions — Wembley Stadium is a public transport destination. For live travel information on the day of the event call the Wembley Stadium Travel Information Line on 0845 6000 555 (calls charged at standard local rate).
# Parking:A controlled parking zone operates in the local area on event days and only residents with parking permits will be able to park. Brent Council has said that illegally parked cars will be given large fines and towed away.
A limited number of guaranteed, secure parking spaces are available at a number of London Underground car parks a short tube ride from Wembley Stadium for certain events.
# Public Transportation:The stadium is served by three stations and five lines (Jubilee, Metropolitan and Bakerloo underground lines plus Chiltern and Silverlink metro rail lines. All three have undergone major improvements to increase passenger capacity and accessibility and over 100 trains an hour go through these stations on event days. Nearest tube: Wembley Park (Zone 4) – Metropolitan & Jubilee Lines Wembley Central (Zone 4) – Bakerloo Line.
Nearest rail: Wembley Stadium (Chiltern services from Marylebone Station (9 mins). This line also provides links to the Midlands, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
# Coaches: National Express, the Official Travel Supplier to Wembley Stadium, operates direct coach services to events at Wembley Stadium from all over the country. Bookings can also be made via the national customer contact centre on 08705 80 80 80, at any National Express coach station or through one of a thousand travel shops around the country.
Air Connections — Express coaches, shuttle buses, and some airport rail express services serve convenient intermediate stations for connections to Wembley, or remain on board for Central London stops and stations.
From Heathrow airport hotels, the most direct route is by Heathrow Express to Paddington with one change on to the westbound Bakerloo line travelling directly to Wembley Central.
From Gatwick airport hotels, take Thameslink main line service to London Bridge, change on to the westbound Jubilee line and travel direct to Wembley Park, or take Gatwick Express into Central London.
From Stansted airport hotels, take Stansted Express to Liverpool Street main line station and change on to westbound Metropolitan line and travel direct to Wembley Park. Alternatively, take National Express A6 coach service for Central London, stopping at Finchley Road station for westbound Metropolitan services for Wembley Park, and terminating Victoria Coach Station.
From London City airport, take the blue airport shuttle bus to Canary Wharf, follow signs for Canary Wharf Underground station and travel on westbound Jubilee line direct to Wembley Park, or remain on the shuttle bus for Liverpool Street main line station and change on to the westbound Metropolitan line and travel direct to Wembley Park. Alternatively travel via the DLR to Canning Town and change onto the Jubilee line.
From Luton airport hotels, take the airport shuttle bus to Luton Parkway and travel by Thameslink main line service to West Hampstead, change stations, take a short walk to West Hampstead Underground station and travel directly on the westbound Jubilee line to Wembley Park.
Alternatively, complete your journey to St Pancras main line station, walk to Kings Cross Underground station and travel directly on the westbound Metropolitan line to Wembley Park. You can also travel by Greenline (Arriva) 757 Luton airport express coach to Finchley Road Underground station and travel direct on the westbound Metropolitan line to Wembley Park.