Club Wembley is a football stadium located in Wembley Park, in the Borough of Brent, London, England. The new Wembley reopened its doors in 2007 and was built on the site of the previous 1923 Wembley Stadium. The earlier Wembley stadium, originally called the Empire Stadium, was often referred to as "The Twin Towers" and was one of the world's most famous football stadia until its demolition in 2003. The stadium is now once again home to the England national side, as well as the FA Cup Final and Semi Finals, The Football League Cup Final, The FA Community Shield, The Football League Play Off Finals and The Rugby Football League Challenge Cup Final.
The famous twin towers have made way for an iconic arch over the stadium, which has been totally rebuilt and is now one of the most modern and breathtaking arenas in the world. It is certainly the most striking and highly visible feature of the stadium at a towering 133 metres tall while sitting above the north stand. The arch supports all of the weight of the north roof and 60 per cent of the weight of the southern side. By using an arch to bear some of the weight of the southern roof it is possible to retract the south roof to allow light an air onto the pitch. The arch also ensures that there are no pillars in the new stadium which could obstruct the views of fans.
One of the biggest challenges the design team faced was to keep the famously high standard of the pitch while, at the same time, designing a stadium with stands that are higher and closer to the pitch than the original stadium and give better uninterrupted views. Many new stadiums have suffered from poor pitches due to stands shadowing large sections of the pitch and grass demands direct sunlight to grow effectively. Asa result of this, the sliding roof remains an integral part of the design for the new Wembley. Instead, computer models have been made of air movement and sunlight on the existing pitch and the unique moving roof designed for the new Stadium.
Another one of the most recognised features of Club Wembley is the presentation of trophies from the Royal Box rather than on the pitch. The new Royal Box is in the traditional position - in the middle of the north stand - as in the old Wembley Stadium.
Certainly another key feature of the current stadium is that almost all spectators sit in a single bowl rather than four separate stands. This is a central feature of the new design with almost all supporters or concert-goers able to share the event with 90,000 other fans creating a more memorable atmosphere.