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about Wembley Stadium

The Wembley stadium is one of the most famous football stadiums in the world, which hosted some of the most memorable sporting moments in history. It is located in Wembley Park, in the Borough of Brent, London, England. Opened on 9 March 2007, it was built on the site of the previous 1923 Wembley Stadium. With a capacity of 90 000 seats, it became the largest covered football stadium in the world and the the second largest stadium in Europe.

Construction of the new Wembley Stadium, which began in October 2002, was at times controversial. The aim of the project was to design and build a state-of-the-art national stadium, unlike any other in the world.

The stadium was designed in close collaboration with architects Foster, Partners and HOK Sport and the main contractor for the project was the firm Multiplex from Australia. Its unique features, retractable roof panels and the arch, were developed in response to the particular requirements of the stadium, one of which was the need for a high quality grass pitch to achieve UEFA 5 star stadium status. With its 133m arch piercing the London skyline, Wembley has reinforced its position as the world's best known and loved football stadium, living up to Pele's famous quote that "Wembley is the cathedral of football. It is the capital of football and it is the heart of football."

The stadium is the homeground for international matches of the England national football team and the English domestic cup finals and this year it will host the London 2012 Olympic Football tournament from 25 July to 11 August. This tournament provides a chance to see the world's best battle it out for that most illustrious of prizes: an Olympic Gold medal.

Outside the sporting world, Wembley is also a large venue for top music acts and has played host to the likes of Take That, Muse, Oasis, U2 and Coldplay. It is also the largest and most prestigious banqueting space in London and is the heart of the Capital's special events and corporate entertainment including banquets and gala, conferences and meeting, awards and graduation ceremonies, exhibitions and weddings and many others.

Wembley Stadium is an iconic venue of major cultural and sporting significance to people all over the world that has a great potential to amaze thousands of visitors who attend its events.