Date:Tuesday May 22 2007
For many on Sunday it will be their first visit to the new Wembley Stadium, for myself it will be my second visit after the Community open day back in March.
The stadium was opened for the people of Brent to watch charity games, the winners in the end, The Badgers, the soccer AM football team for those not familiar with the Saturday morning Sky Sports show.
For myself I never had the opportunity to visit the old Wembley, being too young for the early nineties play off games. So that visit was the first time down to the national stadium. The first glimpse of the stadium for many is just at the end of the motorway. Then you grab the odd view driving down the duel carriage way into the Borough of Brent in-between the houses and superstores.
The thing that strikes you is the height of the building, it is almost as if the whole ground is on a plinth to make it stand out in the North London skyline. Coming up close you get the see the real scale of the ground, with the now iconic arch being the main focus point of fans. The top of the arch is 4 times the height of the old icons, the two white towers. The arch measures at it highest point 133 meters, compare that to Blackpool Tower, 157 meters, you get the idea of the scale, it even has a beacon for air traffic like our Tower.
Once inside you realise the not only in height the stadium, but the volume, the entrance that I used had a two minute walk to get to the seating area. The massive banqueting halls hold hundreds and the fact that everyone love is that the ground has over 2000 toilets.
The walk around the ground is 1 Km which gives an indication of the facilities built into to the stadium, there is now doubt that this stadium has been built with the 'corporate` side of football being an important factor, but at the same time the views and facilities for the common fans are brilliant too. It`s just a pity that the pricing for the tickets, food etc is so high to cover the cost of the stadium.
Around the stadium work was still on going when I visited, the old conference halls had been semi demolished and the White Horse footbridge was still to be opened (named after Billy the white horse who stopped a near disaster in 1923 when Bolton met West Ham and fans invaded the pitch). Some of this will have been fished now but the iconic Wembley Way was up and running which takes supporters to the second tier of the stadium.
There is no doubt that fans will have a great day down in the capital, we know it`s a hassle getting / paying for tickets travelling down but I can guarantee that the moment the teams step out onto the park it will be worth the money and effort. It`s not often one gets the opportunity to visit such venues as Wembley, yes for myself it`s the second time but this time with the mighty playing it will be so much sweeter.
I took some pictures on the day down at the stadium, I`m sure the photo`s that we will see in the next few weeks will look a tad better with a splash of tangerine. So after the dust has settled from the game, you can upload your pictures to our site using our album section on the message boards, the photos are there for all to see and to comment on too.
Date:Tuesday May 22 2007
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