I was walking around the Wembley area looking for some onion rings when I suddenly stumbled upon a big crowd congregating next to what seemed to be some sort of big sports venue. I managed to work my way into the building and a few hours later I got a chance to go and see the big and beefy Americans hustle and bustle with each other whilst they watched the NFL players in action.
The initial view as you step out into the home of football is undoubtedly quite impressive. However my strong negative feelings towards the design of the ‘new’ Wembley stadium has stayed the same since it first opened 6 years ago. The arch looks nice but does it serve much purpose other than adding to the growing London skyline? I can’t help think the money could have been better spent on protecting the players and fans from the stormy English weather by a full pitch covering roof. I feel the stadium lacks the character and uniqueness that the ‘old’ Wembley had. The VIP areas make the stadium look empty after half time, the roof shadows on the pitch make it un viewable on TV, the tunnel moving from behind the goal to the half way line and the symmetrical ‘bowl’ added to the genericness of the design. The pitch got moved, raised and resized so much so that for me, the image of Geoff Hirst’s ‘hat trick’ or Paul Rideout’s cup winning header didn’t really happen on the same pitch or stadium that I was looking at. I think the design unfortunately fades away some of the magical memories of English football history.
Don’t even get me started on the red seats!