Wembley Stadium - The Games Venue Guide
Of all the fantastic venues which will be used during the London 2012 games, Wembley Stadium is perhaps the most famous and certainly has the richest sporting and Olympic heritage.
Indeed the 1948 London Olympic Games were hosted at the stadium and in its former and current guise it has also hosted a World Cup final, several European Cup finals and countless domestic sporting events and live music concerts over the decades.
The new Wembley Stadium opened in 2007 after several years of rebuilding work on the site of the old 1923 stadium.
The last time the Olympics came to London the opening ceremony took place at the old Wembley, on 29 July 1948, in the presence of King George VI and a crowd of more than 82,000 people.
The 1948 Games saw numerous events also take place at the neighbouring Wembley Arena - known then as the Empire Pool – and London 2012 will also visit the indoor arena for badminton and gymnastics competitions.
This time around in the stadium it will be strictly football. Wembley is the biggest of the six venues hosting the London 2012 Olympic Football tournament, the others being the City of Coventry Stadium, Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, Hampden Park in Scotland, Manchester’s Old Trafford and Newcastle’s St James Park.
The key London 2012 football matches will all be played at Wembley, with the action starting on 29th July. There will be men’s and women’s preliminary round games, the quarter-finals and semi-finals, and finally the gold medal matches, which will take place on 9th August (women’s) and 11th August (men’s).
One novelty for the home fans will be the chance to see the Team GB footballers in action, with the Brits not having participated in the football competition in the modern era due to the differing priorities of the respective English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh Football Associations. This time around Great Britain fans will be hoping to see their team make progress through the respective rounds at Wembley all the way to the gold medals.
Public facilities: The Games Mobility service will be present, plus there is a London 2012 Shop. There will also be London 2012 information points for venue and sports information, refreshment stands, transport updates, lost and found services and pushchair and wheelchair storage.
History: One of the most historic and celebrated stadiums in the world, Wembley was built in 1923, has hosted the 1948 London Olympics, the World Cup Final in 1966, the famous Live Aid concert of 1985 and countless domestic and international cup finals. The new stadium was opened in 2007.
What's on? Football (July 29th, 31st, August 1st, 6th, 7th, 9th and 11th)
How do you get there? Public transport is the best way of getting to Wembley as there won't be any official car parking near the stadium during the Games. Rail, tube and bus serve Wembley well with five Transport for London bus routes (79, 83, 92, 182 and 224) passing nearby. Wembley Stadium station can be reached from London Marylebone and Wembley Central from Euston, and the Jubilee and Metropolitan tube lines run through Wembley Park while the Bakerloo line stops at Wembley Central.
Location – in relation to other venues: Wembley Stadium sits next to Wembley Arena, approximately 12 miles to the north west of the Olympic Park across London.
Location – on the tube: The Jubilee and Metropolitan tube lines serve Wembley Park (a 10 minute walk to the stadium), and the Bakerloo line stops at Wembley Central (a 20 minute walk).