You might not ever get to play at Wembley but you’ll come very close with the Wembley Stadium Tour. With exclusive access to areas normally off-limits to the public, visitors can emulate the heroes of past generations and today’s superstars and imagine themselves wearing the captain’s armband – just remember to wear your England shirt!
The current ground may only be a few years old, but the rich story of Wembley Stadium dates back to 1923. Tour guests will be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide with a fascinating personal insight into the stadium, its history and plans for its future.
Visitors will see the dressing room where England’s football icons prepare for their games before experiencing the nerves, tension and anticipation of the players’ tunnel. Feel like a national hero as you climb the 107 fabled Trophy Winners’ Steps and, with cameras at the ready, admire the spectacular views of the stadium from the best seats in the house, including the Royal Box. It may be quiet during the tour but remember each of the 90,000 seats usually has someone cheering in it – imagine the noise and the atmosphere on match days!
You’ve experienced what it must be like to be a player, now imagine what it must be like to be the manager by taking pride of place in the Press Room. In the room normally packed with sports journalists, television cameras, zoom lenses, flashbulbs and microphones, give your fellow tour guests your best Roy Hodgson impression as you discuss tactics, squad line-ups and match day predictions with the (imaginary!) assembled media.
A tour of Wembley Stadium would not be complete without gripping the unmistakable FA Cup with both hands and posing for the cameras. It may be a replica FA Cup but you’ll feel like a genuine champion as you raise it above your head – feel free to cheer! The FA Cup is not the only silverware on display, however – visitors will also have access to the Jules Rimet Trophy from England’s World Cup glory in 1966.
When the tour is over, be sure to make time for the Exhibitions of Champions before you leave. The exhibition is a fascinating display looking back over nearly 60 years of UEFA Champions League Finals, including Barcelona’s 3-1 victory over Manchester United at Wembley in 2011.