Wembley Stadium by Foster and Partners

By : Dennis Franklin | 23 Mar 2013 9:57 am | Sport Arenas, Stadiums

One of the world renowned landmarks when it comes to stadiums is the Wembley Stadium in the Borough of Brent in London, England. This football stadium was opened in 2007 and it was built in the Wembley Park right on the spot where the previous stadium was, which was built in 1923 and was also one of the most famous stadiums until its demolition in 2003.

The stadium was designed by the Foster and Partners architects together with Populous and the engineers were the Mott Stadium Consortium. The cost for it reached 798 million pounds thus being one of the most expensive stadiums ever built and with the largest roof-covered seating capacity in the world, namely 90000. It features several elements of dynamic architecture such as the sliding roof and it can be transformed into an athletic stadium through the erection of a platform over the lowest seating tier, thus also reducing its capacity to 60000 persons.

Its trademark feature is the circular section lattice arch which supports the weight of the northern roof and a part of the southern side as well. This archway is also the longest unsupported roof structure in the world.

The stadium hosted a lot of events since it was opened such as football matches; American football matches, rugby matches and plenty of music concerts, and will host the Champions League Final in 2013.

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