Sporting enthusiasts are in for a real sporting bonanza in and around the London area with a fantastic mix of different sports being staged in many of the world’s most famous sporting locations.
Wembley Stadium – It’s impossible to talk about London’s prime sporting locations without mentioning one of London’s most iconic sporting venues located in Wembley Park, London.
First opened in April 1923 and between then and October 2000 tears and joy and sadness were shared by millions of fans as they witnessed their teams tasting victory and suffering defeat.
July 1966 England’s football team won the coveted men’s world cup final at Wembley for the only time with a 4-2 win over West Germany which included a piece of commentary from the BBC’s late Kenneth Wolstenholme which in today’s language ‘Went Viral.’
“Some of the crowd are on the pitch. They think it’s all over.” Followed by. “It is now.” As Geoff Hurst’s left foot shot clattered into West Germany’s net.
Wembley’s also hosted some huge boxing events from the late Sir Henry Cooper vs the late Cassius Clay in 1963 to Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko in 2017. Clay, who later changed his name to Muhammad Ali, won as he predicted the 5th round whilst Joshua delivered a devasting uppercut in the 11th round to take the heavyweight title.
Wembley closed in October 2000 for an upgrade, reopened again in March 2009 with capacity now of 90,000, and has retained its magic as one of the world’s elite sporting locations.
PREMIER LEAGUE FOOTBALL
The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Opened in April 2019 this stadium, with the entire cost for this project a cool £1 billion, has a capacity of 62,303 and is now regarded as one of the best in the world. There were delays, and many creditors had concerns about being paid as the project went over budget, but questions about bad credit were soon resolved.
TENNIS & CROQUET
The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club – Located in Wimbledon and is well known as being one of the ‘Big Grand Slam’ tennis events of the tennis calendar year. It’s also the only Grand Slam played on grass and opened in July 1868.
Lord’s Cricket Ground – Located in St John’s Wood and is knee-deep in cricket history having been established since 1814. 30,000 fans pack the ground for England test matches.
The Twickenham Stadium – Located in Twickenham and is the venue to catch big England rugby union games. Opened in 1907, with a capacity of 82,000, many all swinging and singing along to Sweet Chariots of Fire!
Brand’s Hatch – Has been holding race meetings since the early 1930s and has hosted 12 British Grand Prix’s between 1964 and 1986. Nigel Mansell, CBE, holds the GP Race Lap Record with 1:09.593 in 1986 and paid off his car loans after winning this Grand Prix.
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