Wembley Stadium (1923)

The original Wembley Stadium (/ˈwɛmbli/; originally known as the Empire Stadium) was a stadium in Wembley, London, best known for hosting important football matches. It stood on the same site now occupied by its successor.[2]

Wembley Stadium
The Twin Towers of Wembley Stadium
Former namesEmpire Stadium
British Empire Exhibition Stadium
LocationWembley, London, England
Coordinates51°33′20″N 0°16′47″W
OwnerWembley Company
Capacity82,000 (original standing capacity was 125,000, and later 100,000 prior to being made all-seated in 1990)
Record attendance126,047 (Bolton Wanderers vs West Ham United1923 FA Cup Final)
SurfaceGrass and track
Construction
Broke ground1922; 100 years ago (1922)
Opened28 April 1923; 99 years ago (1923-04-28)
Renovated1963; 59 years ago (1963)
Closed7 October 2000; 21 years ago (2000-10-07)
Demolished2002–2003
RebuiltReplaced 2007 by the new Wembley Stadium
Construction cost£750,000 GBP (1923)
ArchitectSir John William Simpson and Maxwell Ayrton
Sir Owen Williams (engineer)
Tenants
England national football team (1923–2000)
Wembley Lions speedway team
(1946–1957, 1970–1971)
Wales national rugby union team (1997–1999)
Arsenal (UEFA matches, 1998–2000)
London Monarchs (1991–1992)
Leyton Orient FC (1930)
Argonauts (1928–1930)[1]

Wembley hosted the FA Cup final annually, the first in 1923, which was its inaugural event, the League Cup final annually, five European Cup finals, the 1966 World Cup Final, and the final of Euro 1996. Brazilian footballer Pelé once said of the stadium: "Wembley is the cathedral of football. It is the capital of football and it is the heart of football",[3] in recognition of its status as the world's best-known football stadium.

The stadium also hosted many other sports events, including the 1948 Summer Olympics, rugby league's Challenge Cup final, and the 1992 and 1995 Rugby League World Cup Finals. It was also the venue for numerous music events, including the 1985 Live Aid charity concert. In what was the first major WWF (now WWE) pay-per-view to take place outside North America, it hosted the 1992 SummerSlam.


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