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Wembley Stadium – a stadium review. It’s big, it’s proud but tricks missed and that’s why it’s not perfect!

November 14, 2013

There aren’t many that would disagree that Wembley stadium is one of the biggest and finest football stadiums in the world. The home of English football has seen countless international matches, domestic and European finals, concerts and even American football matches however after visiting it a couple of times now ticks have been missed and to be honest I would have done things differently – mull this article over and tell me what you think?

First, like many I was very sad to see the old Wembley Stadium and the Twin towers being demolished, looking back at the old Wembley stadium it was very tired and needed serious tender loving care. I know the purpose of the towers would have been decretive but they were the icon of ‘Wembley Stadium’ and that of the home of football. Yes, the arc is bold and fresh but as a traditionalist I truly feel that the twin towers were something that should have retained. It’s like a moral step backwards, the decommissioning of Concorde and hopefully something we won’t rue to miss.

Having never visited the old Wembley stadium no one can tell me that access from the ground to the tube (Wembley Park) was worse than what I experienced walking down Millennium Way when England play Republic of Ireland especially now as Wembley stadiums capacity has been increased. There were simply far too many people walking down the road. I think it took me over one hour to walk two kilometres – joke!

Moreover, when travelling by bus the roads to the official car park are just too narrow and poky – just not fit for such an important national venue. It’s hard to believe that this was not sorted out prior to the redevelopment of the stadium. When travelling for the Montenegro game we all had to jump off the bus and run to the stadium due to the volume of traffic to the ground.

The first time I visited Wembley stadium I sat on the lower tier with no challenges what so ever to get to my seat. But ever since I’ve sat in the gods’ right up on tier 5 – entering through blocks L and M. Reaching such a vantage point was by one escalator travelling upwards whilst steps were the principle routine down. There were unnecessary cues and gatherings en route as you’d expect going up I just can’t get my head round why the use of spiral ramps similar to that of the San Siro and Edihad are not used. Access up and down is far easier and quicker especially in times of emergency.

My final grip about the stadium is centred on the shops and refreshment outlets dotted around the inside of the ground. It takes the whole of half time to get served, a classic case of either operating too slow or having too few outlets to feed the demand even though many of the England games were no means a sell out. Outside wasn’t much joy either £4.00 for a portion of chips or £20 to park your car in a neighbouring car park.

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