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Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium is truly one of the monster stadiums of the world. Able to hold up to 90,000 people, Wembley ranks as the second largest stadium in all of Europe, behind only Camp Nou in Barcelona. But if you were to factor in the additional 15,000 people that Wembley can accommodate when people are sitting and standing, it would be the largest. If the Brits can't beat the Spaniards at football, at least they can cram more people into their games.

And they sure do. Wembley Stadium is home to the England national football team, and the FA Cup Final that is held there each year draws near-capacity crowds, making it the second most attended domestic club championship event in the world, and the second most for football.

But football isn't the only thing you'll be able to see when you head to Wembley Stadium. Rugby matches take place at the stadium all the time, and the venue has been used for the arts since the original Wembley Stadium was built in 1923. Recent shows have included Live Earth and the Concert for Diana.

And big headlining acts come to Wembley Stadium all the time. Green Day, Coldplay, Oasis, and AC/DC have all played there since the New Wembley Stadium was constructed in 2007, four years after the old Wembley Stadium was demolished. When Madonna played Wembley in 2008 she did so to a sold-out crowd of 74,000, and the show was the highest-grossing in the stadium's history, bringing in $12 million.

While the New Wembley Stadium is on the site of the old, and able to hold more people, it's never received the British public's affection as much as the old one did. Football great Pele said that the old Wembley Stadium was the "cathedral of football", and many sports fans and lovers of London history were saddened when the iconic twin towers were torn down for good.

The greats of music also loved the old Wembley Stadium. The first musical shows began in 1972, although one of the most famous was 1985's Live Aid, which had an estimated global audience of 1.9 billion. But Michael Jackson probably has one of the greatest claims to fame in regard to the old Wembley Stadium, for he played there fifteen times in his career, racking up 1.1 million tickets sold, an unbroken stadium record to this day.

Still, much of the old Wembley Stadium was reused to make the hills of Northala Fields, an award-winning park in the greater London area. And with amazing football and great music to this day, you can be sure that the New Wembley Stadium will soon have a place in the hearts of all Londoners, just like the old one did.

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