Wembley Stadium is a football arena located in London (England) and the place where the England national football team plays its home international games.
Built during 2003 and 2007, the stadium is now owned by the The Football Association and the construction costs reached an impressive total of £900 million. Wembley was designed by architects Foster and Partners and has the largest roof-covered seating capacity in the world. It’s capacity varies according to the sports that are played. The stadium can host up to 90,000 people during football, rugby league or rugby union competitions and up to 86,000 fans during American football games. A special platform system has been created in order to give the possibility of converting the stadium for athletics use, but this would mean that the capacity must be decreased to almost 60,000 seats. Yet up to date no athletics competitions have been organized and none are planned to take place in the near future. The arena includes 2,618 toilets, which is more than any other sports structure in the entire world.
The English national football team is a major user of Wembley Stadium and the arena was also a very important element of the English 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup bids, which eventually were not successful. But apart from international competitions, Wembley is also used for hosting matches during a national tournament, the important Football Association Challenge Cup (the FA Cup). Thus, it was the venue for the 2007 FA Cup Final which was played on Saturday, 19 May 2007 and took place between rivals Chelsea and Manchester United. The arena is also used to host the Football Association Community Shield (formerly known as the Charity Shield).
Being a modern multi-purpose arena, Wembley Stadium has frequently been used for other major events, such as concerts performed by notable international artists.