Wembley Arena

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Wembley Arena
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A £30 million refurbishment has improved the much-derided 12,500-capacity Wembley Arena no end, with comfy seating, better acoustics and decent sightlines. Built opposite Wembley Stadium it was originally intended to be used a swimming pool. Despite hosting aquatic events in the 1934 Empire Games and 1948 Olympic Games, it's rarely used for sport these days. Wembley Arena reopened to the public with a Depeche Mode concert in 2006 and has since proved a huge success. Pearl Jam drew a record crowd of 12,470 fans for a 2007 gig, Cliff Richard holds the record for most headline shows by one artist (over 60) and Busted hold the record for selling out the most consecutive nights, with 11. The only downside is the slight dearth of decent food and drink options.

For the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Arena will seat 6,000 people who will enjoy the Badminton and Rhythmic Gymnastics.

Venue name: Wembley Arena
Contact:
Address: Empire Way
HA9 0PA
Transport: Tube: Wembley Park
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Daniel L
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Wembley Arena has played host to some of the greatest performers in our generation. I had the pleasure of catching quite a few of them and the ones that stick out in my mind are John Mayer and Idina Menzel. The atmosphere is electric since the venue is more intimate than Wembley Stadium just next door. With fewer seats available, count yourself lucky if you bag tickets to a show here!