Wembley Stadium is an iconic all-seater sporting venue located in London, England. The stadium opened in 2007, and was constructed on the site of the original Wembley Stadium, which was demolished from 2002–2003. The great Brazilian footballer Pelé once said of the original Wembley stadium, “Wembley is the cathedral of football. It is the capital of football and it is the heart of football”.
The modern day Wembley hosts major football matches including home matches of the England national football team, FA Community Shield, the League Cup final, the Football League Trophy, the Football League play-offs, the FA Trophy, the FA Vase and the FA Cup Final.
A UEFA category four stadium, Wembley hosted the 2011 and 2013 UEFA Champions League Finals, and will host both the semi-finals and final of UEFA Euro 2020. The stadium will also be the temporary home of Premier League football club Tottenham Hotspur, while their White Hart Lane ground is being demolished and their new stadium is being constructed.
The stadium is based around a “bowl design” with a capacity to hold 90,000 supporters, who are “protected” from the elements by a sliding roof, that does not completely enclose. Wembley is split into “five” levels. Levels B2-B3 are for “Club Wembley” members, main staff entrance, shop, ticket offices and the main entrance. In case you weren’t aware, Club Wembley is a seat license, which guarantees access to the following events until the end of the licence agreement. All England senior home games, the FA Cup Final, both FA Cup Semi Finals, the FA Community Shield, the Football League Cup Final and the Rugby League Challenge Cup Final.
Level 1 is for generic “customers”, on this level you will find Toilets, Bars, ATM machines, Food and Beverage Kiosks, Merchandise, Book Makers, Wheel chair platforms and toilets. Levels 2-4 are also for Club Wembley members, and features all of the facilities as Level 1, while Level 5 is again for “customers”.
The view from each block is actually very good for a modern stadia, with nice leg room too. Food and Beverage kiosks are located near all seating blocks on every concourse, and Toilets are also located near all seating blocks around the concourse. In fact, the stadium contains 2,618 toilets, which is more than any other sporting venue in the world.
There are 310 places for wheelchair users and an equal number for their personal assistants. These seats are distributed across each of the levels. There is also 100 enhanced amenity seats for ambulant disabled visitors and those accompanied by assistance dogs. 2 dog relieving stations are located on the outer public concourse on Level 1.
Wembley Stadium – Food and Drinks
The food cost can seem slightly steep to some people, prices can range from £3.00 sausage rolls and £5.00 pies, to fish & chips at £8.70, with a wide range of products available that will vary dependant on the type of event and audience including popular favourites such as burgers, hot dogs, chicken and pizza.
Drink prices range from £3.00 bottled soft drinks to a pint of Carlsberg at £5.00 or Budweiser at £5.40 (Budweiser sponsored events). Confectionary and crisp products are also available with prices starting from £1.30. (Correct at the time of publication)
Wembley has 108 licensed bars across all levels offering a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. It is estimated that during half time at a major game, 40,000 pints of beer can be served up to thirsty fans.
Some events will allow visitors to bring small quantities of food for personal use only. Food must be in disposable packaging, and in a small bag/rucksack, but bottles and cans are not allowed, and there is a strict ban on taking in alcohol. If in-doubt you should call the event organiser or Wembley themselves, to check if you’re allowed to take food into the ground.
Wembley Stadium offers five restaurants within their “Club Wembley areas”. The restaurants are available for our Club Wembley guests (for England matches, The FA Cup Final and Semi Finals, The FA Community Shield, The Football League Cup Final and the Rugby League Challenge Cup Final) and can be booked on an event by event basis.
Apart from Football, the stadium also hosts other sports such as American Football, Rugby, Boxing and even Music Concerts. Seating configurations can change depending on the event.
For example for Music and Boxing, the stadium is adapted so customers can either stand or be seated on the “pitch” itself. The pitch is obviously removed or covered up for these events, however you can experience even better views of the event you’re going to see. However you should note, that the acoustics “change” with the roof closed, making for a more consistent sound and atmosphere.
Directions to Wembley Stadium
The access to the stadium is very easy, you can travel by train, car or coach. The stadium is connected to two London Underground stations, these are “Wembley Park Station”, on the Metropolitan and Jubilee lines via Olympic Way, and “Wembley Central” on the Bakerloo line via the White Horse Bridge. Rail links are provided at Wembley Central (London Overground, Southern and London Midland services) and Wembley Stadium railway station (Chiltern Railways services).
If you want to travel by bus, then National Express is the “Official Coach Supplier” for Wembley Stadium and provides dedicated links for visitors to the stadium. You can easily book your coach tickets for all music and sporting events with direct services from over 55 locations from across the UK. This is arguably the best way and stress-free way to travel to the stadium. Equally if you’re already in London, you can use the Local buses to the Stadium, these are numbers 18, 83, 92 and 224 on the Metroline.
The onsite parking facility is shared with Wembley Arena, this is an “open air” car park surrounding the eastern side of Wembley Stadium and the multi-storey car park. These are called “Green Car Park” and “Red Car Park”.
There is disabled parking available onsite, at the “Green Car Park”, at a reduced rate, but be warned it is on a “first come first served” basis. On some football event dates, opposing team supporters have been separated into the two different car parks, however you should check with your club or Wembley themselves for individual parking arrangements.
If you’re travelling to the stadium by car, you should note that Road closures are in force from 10:00 am on the event day until midnight, and apply to Fulton Road, Engineers Way and South Way. You should be aware, there are a number of unauthorised car parking operators within the Industrial Estate on the approach to the Wembley complex.
Generally it’s advised that you do not use them and choose Official parking. This can be for a number of reasons including Insurance risks, car cime, poor lighting and no patrols of the car parks themselves. Generally speaking, as Wembley Stadium is a “public transport destination”, all visitors are “advised” to use public transport wherever possible.
If you’re travelling to the stadium from outside of the United Kingdom, you can arrive at the following airports, the UK’s major Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport, Stansted Airport, London City Airport, Luton airport or Euro Star. Airport Connections are National Express, Gatwick Express, Heathrow Express, London City airport connections, Luton Thameslink, Greenline (Arriva) 757 Luton airport express coach, Stansted Express.