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Wembley Stadium & Arena In Pictures

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Football
Badminton
Rhythmic Gymnastics
Gracelands
 

 

North West London features two venues that will play host to three sporting events during London 2012. The final of both the men's and women's football competitions will be held at Wembley Stadium, the home of English football. And across the road, the popular live music and comedy venue Wembley Arena will host the badminton and rhythmic gymnastic events. 

 
 

The venue

 
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Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium

Completed in 2007, the new stadium's iconic arch soars over 130m into the sky, more than four times the height of the towers of the old Wembley Stadium. The biggest of the six stadiums staging the London 2012 Football competition, Wembley has a capacity of 90,000. Although nowadays more synonymous with Take That and Michael McIntyre, Wembley Arena is often used for large sporting events such as boxing. In fact, the venue was originally built in 1934 to host the Empire Games (forerunner of the Commonwealth Games) and it also hosted the Swimming events in the 1948 Games in London.

 
 
 

From an aerial perspective

 
Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium

 

The second largest stadium in Europe, Wembley took over three years to build and is located on the site of the previous 1923 Wembley Stadium, often referred to as "The Twin Towers", which was demolished in 2003.

 
 
 

Sporting events

 
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Football

Football

Wembley will host three preliminary matches, one quarter-final and two semi-finals before the gold medal games on Thursday 9 August (women's) and Saturday 11 August (men's). At London 2012, the men's competition will be an under-23s event, although each country will be allowed to include three older players in their team. There are no age restrictions for the women's competition. At Wembley Arena, around 6,000 spectators will be able to enjoy the action during the Olympic Badminton and Rhythmic Gymnastics competitions.

Olympic Events

Wembley Stadium
Football
25th July - 11th August

Wembley Arena
Badminton
28th July - 5th August
Rhythmic Gymnastics
9th-12th August

 
 
 

Nearby

 
Gracelands

Gracelands

 

Wembley Stadium and Arena are located in the far north west of London, meaning that those in search of bars, restaurants and other attractions are advised to head into central London, which is minutes away via Underground.

Restaurants

The Queensbury
Well decorated gastropub with seasonal menu
8 minute journey on the Jubilee Line from Wembley Park to Willesden Green

Gracelands
Friendly family-run cafe
23 minute journey - Jubilee Line from Wembley Park to West Hampstead then Overground Line to Kensal Rise

Leisure

Wembley Sailing Club
20 minute walk from Wembley Park Station

 
 
 

Travel

 
London Underground and Rail services

London Underground and Rail services

 

Wembley Stadium and Arena can be reached via several rail stations - bicycle parking is also available.

Underground Stations

Wembley Park - Metropolitan and Jubilee Lines
Wembley Central - Bakerloo and Overground Lines

Overground Stations

Wembley Stadium - National Rail
Wembley Central - National Rail and London Overground

 
 
Sophie Wallace

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Sophie Wallace

22nd August 2014

 

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