Wembley Stadium

London, UK

  • Services

    Architecture

  • Typologies

    Stadiums

  • Location

    Europe

  • Completion

    2007

CHALLENGE. The old Wembley Stadium was one of the most famous sporting and entertainment venues in Britain, known the world over for events such as the 1923 FA Cup Final, the 1948 Olympic and Paralympic Games and Live Aid in the summer of ’85. When the FA asked World Stadium Team (Populous and Foster + Partners) to design a replacement for their venerated stadium, the challenge was of course to provide the state of the art facilities needed for the next generation of players, performers and spectators, whilst retaining – or in fact creating – that sense of magic that made Wembley such a special place.

INNOVATION. As well as being an iconic design, the arch supports the 7,000 tonne steel roof structure, eliminating the need for pillars. The seating is designed as a single bowl, which gives every spectator an unobstructed view of the stage or pitch, as well as increasing the intensity of the atmosphere. Retractable panels in the roof allow light and air onto the pitch, maintaining the quality of that hallowed turf.

“Wembley is the cathedral of football. It is the capital of football and it is the heart of football.”

Pelé / Brazilian footballer and World Cup Winner

IMPACT. Wembley hosted the 2011 and 2013 UEFA Champions League Finals, and will host the semi-finals and final of the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament. On the entertainment front, Take That’s record-breaking tour saw over 650,000 tickets sold over eight sell-out nights in 2011, and sell-out matches for NFL London Games since 2007. With its 133m arch piercing the London skyline, Wembley has reinforced its position as the best known, and most loved, football stadium in the world.

Facts and Figures
Stadium capacity
90,000
Weight of the roof supported by the iconic arch
7,000 tonnes
Steps in the trophy presentation route
107
Awards
2008
RIBA, RIBA London Awards
2008
LDSA Regional Built in Quality Awards, Best Fire Engineering Innovation
2008
LDSA Regional Built in Quality Awards, Best Commercial Project
2008
LDSA Regional Built in Quality Awards, Best Structural Innovation
2008
LABC National Built in Quality Awards, Supreme Award
2008
LABC National Built in Quality Awards, Best Commercial Project
2008
LABC National Built in Quality Awards, Best Fire Engineering Project
2008
LABC National Built in Quality Awards, Best Structural Project
2007
Vodafone Live Music Awards, Best Live Music Venue
Project Team

Rod Sheard

Ben Vickery