The 90,000 capacity venue is second largest stadium in Europe, and serves as England's national stadium. It is the home venue of the England national football team, and hosts the latter stages of the top level domestic club cup competition, the FA Cup.
The old Wembley stadium, which opened in 1923 as the Empire Stadium, often referred to as "The Home of Football", was one of the world's most famous football stadiums until its demolition in 2003.
In 2012 it will also host the football finals of the London Olympics. In club football, in addition to the FA Cup the stadium also hosts the showpiece season opening game the FA Community Shield match, played in August between the winners of the FA Cup and the top-level Premier League. In mid-season it also hosts the finals of the Football League Cup and Football League Trophy. At the end of the domestic season the stadium also hosts the latter stages of the Football League play-offs.
Outside of football, the stadium also hosts major rugby league games, such as the Challenge Cup. The stadium is also an annual regular season venue for the American National Football League's International Series, the first such venue outside North America.
Non-sporting uses include large concerts by artists such as Oasis, Metallica, U2 and Madonna, as well as hosting in July 2007 the Concert for Diana and Live Earth.
2,618 toilets, 47 retail units offering programmes, merchandise, betting.
Rail / Underground:
Wembley Park station, is on both the Jubilee and Metropolitan underground lines. On exiting the station, follow the pedestrian route under Empire Way and up Olympic Way to the front of the Stadium. Allow for 10 minutes’ walk.
Wembley Stadium station is on the Chiltern train line. The Chiltern line travels from the Midlands, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. London trains on this line depart from Marylebone station. The station is on the south side of the Stadium. If arriving by train from London Marylebone station cross the tracks using the White Horse bridge. If arriving from the north, take the ramp from the platform.
Wembley Central station, is on the Bakerloo underground line and the London overground train lines. On exiting the station, turn right and walk in an easterly direction along the High Road, past McDonalds and Burger King, to the Wembley Triangle junction and clock tower island. Turn left into Wembley Hill Road, cross the road and follow the pedestrian route across the White Horse bridge. Allow 15 minutes’ walk.