London, UK

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1923 Wembley Stadium

"In a world so devoted to sport there is no arena that can compare with Wembley."
This quote is about the Old Wembley Stadium, recognized as one of the greatest stadiums in the world and the home of English football between 1923 and 2000. Situated in the north west of London, in the borough from which it takes its name, Wembley Stadium was originally known as the Empire Stadium or Twin Towers. It was first opened to the public on 28 April 1923 and originally had a capacity of 125,000 seats.

Designed by architects Sir John Simpson and Maxwell Ayrton the stadium was constructed to be the centerpiece of the 1924 British Empire Exhibition. The original plan was to demolish the Stadium after this event, but finally it was saved. The stadium was designed, like many buildings of the time, as a proud monument rather than just a functional arena.

As the home of the national team, the historic stadium witnessed many historic event, but the most notably was the England's World Cup final in 1966, that remained as the country's most memorable football victory in the history of Wembley Stadium.

Wembley was not just limited to football, over the course of its 77 year history it played host to the 1948 Summer Olympics, where it held many of the athletics event, it has been used for Rugby League and Union finals and even American Wrestling.

Other that sporting events, Wembley was predominately used for music events, the most famous of which was Live Aid in 1985 which featured Queen, Status Quo and U2. The last band have played at Wembley about 7 times, but the record for most appearances goes to Michael Jackson who has appeared there 16 times.

The Original Wembley Stadium was indeed without doubt, the worlds most beautiful ground. Demolished in the year 2000 to make way for a new Wembley stadium, it will remain close to the heart of English people for thousands of years.