Ever wondered what it is like behind the scenes of Wembley Stadium? Now is your chance to find out.
Only a few minutes from the Best Western Palm Hotel, Wembley Stadium is one of the most glorious places in sporting history. This is was the location of England’s World Cup victory in 1966 as well as the incredible Live Aid concert in 1985. More recently Barcelona won the UEFA Champions League Cup here and, of course, each year it is the scene of the historic FA Cup final attracting thousands of football fans keen to see whether their club wins.
It is easy to be overwhelmed by the grandeur that is Wembley. With 90,000 seats it is one of the largest football stadiums in Europe, and the largest in the UK. People have been coming here since 1923. Legendary footballer Pele described it as ‘the cathedral of football. It is the capital of football and it is the heart of football.”
The twin towers that loomed over Wembley for so many years were demolished as part of a major rebuilding a few years ago. Fortunately the top of one of the twin towers was saved and placed as a memorial in a local park. It makes a great photo opportunity if you take the time to stroll over to the north side of Overton Close, minutes from hotels near Wembley Stadium.
Taking a guided tour is a wonderful way to explore football history, as well as the discovering the legends and myths that surround this site. This is the only way you can see the historic 1966 World Cup crowbar, the flag from London’s 1948 Olympic Games and an authentic replica of the FA cup. The tour takes in the famous England changing rooms and the Press Room. Visitors get the opportunity to go through the Players Tunnel onto the pitch, and later climb the 107 winners steps, before visiting the Royal Box and touching a replica of the FA Cup.
Walking out onto the historic pitch and seeing the great mass of seats ranged around you is one of the most memorable activities for any football fan. Not surprisingly a trip around Wembley is essential for football fans, along with visits to many other football stadiums. Located easy commute away from hotels in North London, you can go behind the scenes at many of the top football clubs such as Chelsea FC, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal seeing their historic trophies and momentos and touching the hallowed pitches just like so many professional footballers over the past hundred years or so have done.