England's Most Amazing Stadiums

England's national stadium: Wembley

England is home to many of the most historic, iconic and state-of-the-art football stadiums in the entire world.

Of them all there is only one place to start: Wembley. Known to all Englishmen as 'the home of football', Wembley in London is where the national side play their home games.

With 90,000 seats, it is the biggest stadium in Britain and second largest in all of Europe, second only to Barcelona's Camp Nou, which can hold 99,000 people.

Fans arriving at Wembley

England's Football Association built Wembley to replace the old stadium in 2007 for a huge £789million. The stadium features a sliding roof that sits 52 metres above the pitch. The roof can cover every seat in the stadium meaning that nobody needs to get wet and it makes Wembley the largest fully covered stadium in the world.

It will host the semi finals and final of the next European Championships, which should have taken place this summer but have been forced back a year by the coronavirus crisis.

As well as football matches, Wembley also hosts music concerts and many other sporting competitions, such as boxing fights, rugby matches and NFL games.

The second biggest stadium in England, and probably the most famous club stadium, is the 75,000 capacity Old Trafford, where Manchester United play their home matches.

Manchester United's 'Theatre of Dreams'.

Many of the best players in history have called Old Trafford home over the years,

including Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs, George Best and Bobby Charlton.

It was built more than a century ago, all the way back in 1909, for only £90,000. For many decades it has been known by fans as 'the theatre of dreams' because of the incredible games that have been played there.

From one of the oldest stadiums in the country to the very newest: the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The £1billion arena was completed in 2019 and has some of the most incredible state-of-the-art features of any sports stadium in the world.

It is designed for the 21st century supporter, with more Wi-Fi access points, Bluetooth connectivity and greater bandwidth (internet) than any other stadium on earth.

Some unusual features include a bakery and the world's first microbrewery inside a stadium, which can produce one million pints of beer a year and deliver up to 10,000 pints a minute.

The new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

In another world first, the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has a bridge on its roof going from one side of the ground to the other. Visitors can walk from side to side and enjoy incredible views of London from above.

Another incredible feature is a glass-walled tunnel which goes between the dressing room and the pitch. Supporters with VIP tickets can enter a special section of the stadium where they're able to watch players going on and off the pitch.

Two other arenas built in the past 20 years are the City of Manchester Stadium, which has been the home of current Premier League champions Manchester City since 2003, and the Olympic Stadium in London, which hosted the 2012 Olympics and is now used by West Ham United.

A much older stadium is Sheffield United's home ground Bramall Lane, which was built all the way back in 1855, making it the oldest professional football stadium in the world.

It was initially used as a cricket ground before hosting its first football match in 1862. Sheffield United, who currently play in the Premier League, started playing games there in 1889.

While there are many more interesting and unusual stadiums to learn about hopefully you have learned a thing or two about some of the biggest, best, newest and oldest ones England has to offer.


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