‘If it’s any consolation, Brazil may have won the world cup five times, but England holds the world record at Wembley for the most stadium toilets!’ was the reassuring statement of Stevie, our cheerful Wembley Stadium Tour guide.
To mark the 90th anniversary of Wembley Stadium, we took a behind the scenes tour on Sunday 28th April 2013, exactly ninety years to the day when Wembley Stadium opened – with the first football match played between West Ham and Bolton Wanderers to an estimated audience of 200,000.
It took just 300 days to construct the original Wembley stadium complete with its iconic twin towers at a cost of £750,000. In 2002, the old stadium was demolished and replaced with New Wembley on the same site at a record breaking cost of £798m and a delivery time of 6 years!
Our tour highlights included a walk through the player’s dressing rooms, the therapy room, the team showers, and to the player’s tunnel. We walked in the footsteps of champions and out to the 90,000 seated stadium. At this point there was a real sense of excitement and understanding of how the players must feel when making their first appearance into the stadium to the adulation of adoring fans. We were given facts about the pitch and encouraged to chant in unison, ‘Hello Wembley!’ and listened to the acoustic delay as it bounced around the stadium. Finally, we made our way up the 107 stairs to the Royal Box to get a regal view of the pitch.
Thanks to the jovial and knowledgeable tour guides, it was an enjoyable hour for the family and we got to fully appreciate UK football’s national treasure.
To celebrate the anniversary, we are offering a prize to a family of four (two adults and two children) for a guided tour of the iconic stadium. To enter the competition, use the widget below. Good luck!