Wembley Stadium (branded as Wembley Stadium connected by EE for sponsorship reasons) is a football stadium in Wembley, London. It opened in 2007 on the site of the original Wembley Stadium, which was demolished from 2002 to 2003. The stadium hosts major football matches including home matches of the England national football team, and the FA Cup Final. Wembley Stadium is owned by the governing body of English football, the Football Association (the FA), whose headquarters are in the stadium, through its subsidiary Wembley National Stadium Ltd (WNSL). With 90,000 seats, it is the largest stadium in the UK and the second-largest stadium in Europe.
|Full name||Wembley Stadium connected by EE|
|Public transit|| Wembley Park|
|Owner||The Football Association|
|Operator||Wembley National Stadium Limited|
|Capacity||90,000 (Association football, rugby union, rugby league, boxing)|
75,000 to 90,000 seated and 15,000 standing (concerts)
86,000 to 87,000 (UEFA capacity)
86,000 (American football)
|Record attendance||Football: 89,874 (Cardiff City vs Portsmouth, 17 May 2008)|
Concert: 100,000 (Ed Sheeran, June 2022
Boxing: 94,000 (Tyson Fury vs. Dillian Whyte, 23 April 2022)
|Field size||115 yd × 74 yd (105 m × 68 m)|
|Broke ground||30 September 2002|
|Opened||9 March 2007|
|Construction cost||£789 million|
(£1.27 billion today)
|Architect||HOK Sport (now Populous), Foster and Partners, Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners (planning consultants)|
|Project manager||Capita Property and Infrastructure|
|Structural engineer||Mott Stadium Consortium and Jimmy Higham– Mott MacDonald, Sinclair Knight Merz & Aurecon|
|Services engineer||Jimmy Higham|
|England national football team (2007–present)|
Tottenham Hotspur (2017–2019; UEFA matches 2016–2019)
Designed by Populous and Foster and Partners, the stadium is crowned by the 134-metre-high (440 ft) Wembley Arch which serves aesthetically as a landmark across London as well as structurally, with the arch supporting over 75% of the entire roof load. The stadium was built by Australian firm Multiplex at a cost of £798 million (£1.27 billion today). Contrary to popular belief,[non-primary source needed] Wembley Stadium does not have a retractable roof which covers the playing surface. Two partially retractable roof structures over the east and west ends of the stadium can be opened to allow sunlight and aid pitch growth.
In addition to England home games and the FA Cup final, the stadium also hosts other major games in English football, including the season-opening FA Community Shield, the League Cup final, the FA Cup semi-finals, the Football League Trophy, the Football League play-offs, the FA Trophy, the FA Vase and the National League play-offs. A UEFA category four stadium, Wembley hosted the 2011 and 2013 UEFA Champions League Finals, eight games at UEFA Euro 2020 (including the final and both of the semi-finals) and hosted the final of the UEFA Women's Euro 2022. It will stage the 2024 UEFA Champions League Final. The stadium hosted the Gold medal matches at the 2012 Olympic Games football tournament. The stadium also hosts rugby league's Challenge Cup final and music concerts. The stadium also hosted NFL London Games until 2019 and was also the temporary home of Premier League football club Tottenham Hotspur between August 2017 and March 2019, while White Hart Lane was being demolished and their new stadium was constructed.
In 2014, Wembley Stadium entered into a six-year sponsorship agreement with mobile provider EE Limited, under which it provides technology and infrastructure services for the venue. Under the agreement, the facility is officially referred to as "Wembley Stadium connected by EE".