Wembley Stadium is a name that every football fan will be familiar with. The brand new stadium is located on the same spot as the old one, which was originally opened in 1923.
As you would expect, both versions had their own nicknames by which they are commonly referred to. The original Wembley earned the name of the Twin Towers, which was due to the two chunky looking towers that were the distinctive feature of the original structure. Those towers became a familiar and welcome sight to many football fans over many decades. Many fans were sad to see them go in 2003, but they have since been replaced by a new and very different feature for the 21st century.
The new feature is known as the Wembley Arch. It is a whopping 133 metres high, and no matter where you are in London, if you have a good vantage point and the weather is clear, you will probably be able to see it.
However, the new nickname doesn’t refer to the Arch – instead it refers to the stadium as being the Venue of Legends. It is a very appropriate name which takes into account the many famous names that played in the old stadium, as well as the new one.
Strangely enough, while both versions of the stadium are synonymous with football above all else, this wasn’t the reason the original was built in the first place. It was created to house the British Empire Exhibition and was never intended to be a viable building after this exhibition was over. But it did prevail and it became the home of football, as far as the fans were concerned.
But while Wembley Stadium has always been closely related to football, there are many other events that have formed part of its history as well. Many of the country’s biggest bands have played to a packed audience at Wembley, and it is considered to be one of the biggest venues you can play.
Indeed, Live Earth took place at the new Wembley Stadium in 2007, and way back in 1985 Live Aid was held in the old Wembley Stadium. The impressive nature of the venue makes it a perfect choice for just this kind of event.
If you are visiting Wembley for any reason, it may prove a good idea to investigate the local Wembley hotels available. Indeed, as well as exploring the stadium itself, you may wish to investigate some of London’s other famous landmarks while you are visiting.