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
Address: Empire Way
Transport: Tube: Wembley Park
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For the main concert the acoustics were fantastic, I will give them that. However the cloakroom was on a first come first serve basis which normally I would understand, but for a location this size you would have though it would have been bigger. We ended up having to hold our coats the whole time :-/


The little sister to the hugely imposing Wembley Stadium, this venue feels fairly small in comparison. The arena has housed a whole host of different shows, from concerts and gigs to Strictly Come Dancing and Disney on Ice.

The acoustics are good, the seats have plenty of leg room and the smaller scale makes you feel close to the action.

However, the food and drinks venues are ridiculously over priced and it is just nowhere near as impressive as the O2!


The Wemblèy Arena is somehow sad expecially as it stands next to the massive Wemblèy Stadium. It's nowhere to be compared to either O2 or the stadium. Also, there are no restaurants inside. There are nice features at the entrance but it's sort of Deja Vue

The fountains striking straight from.the concrete like a puddle are similar to those at the O2 entrance. The venue is ok. It all depends on what concert performance you are attending. Then it doesn't really matter.


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!