Wembley Stadium

Foster + Partners, Populous, London, 2007


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Illuminated arch at night 

Nigel Young     Download Original

  • Illuminated arch at night    
  • Stadium with retracted roof    
  • Cafe    
  • Internal space    
  • Internal space and circulation    
  • Air display during an important match    
  • View of the stands    
  • Stadium view    
  • Stadium view    
  • The stadium and pitch at night    
  • Stadium and arch at night    
  • Internal view    
  • Detail of internal ceiling    
  • Players changing rooms    
  • Detail of the structural arch    
  • Retractable roof    
  • Stadium and at night    
  • The illuminated stadium reflected in the water    
  • Site plan     
  • Basement floor plan (-2)    
  • Basement floor plan (-1)    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Second floor plan    
  • Third floor plan    
  • Forth floor plan    
  • Fifth floor plan    
  • Seventh floor plan    
  • Revealed axonometric    
  • Long Section    
  • Section North    
  • Section west    
  • Concept sketch     
  • Concept sketch    
  • Concept Sketch    
  • Concept sketch    

Stadium with 90,000 seat capacity and retractable roof, designed to maximise spectator enjoyment and retain iconic status

The building replaces the old Wembley Stadium, which was one of the most important sports venues in Britain, and is designed to achieve a similar iconic status.

The geometry and steeply raked seating tiers ensure that every spectator in the 90,000 capacity stadium has unobstructed view of the pitch.

The stadium has a retractable roof that allows the turf to get sufficient sunlight and air, while in poor weather it can be closed to cover the entire seating bowl. The roof is supported structurally by a 133-metre-high arch that towers above the stadium, providing an icon and a new London landmark.


  • Begun: 2003
  • Completed: 2007
  • Floor area: 180,000m2
  • Sector: Sports and leisure
  • Total cost: £798M
  • Address: Wembley Stadium, Brent, London, HA9 0WS, United Kingdom

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