21 February 15
Posted at 2:32
Wembly Park tube station is just two stops on the Metropolitan Line from my campus (Northwick Park) so I go past the stadium when travelling to and from Uni. I've often thought I should take a stroll around the stadium when there is nothing on. Usually I only visit Wembley for an Arsenal match, prior to last year something that has been rare since the new stadium opened, or to a gig. So yesterday with a couple of hours to kill I went and took a look.
This is the first sight of the stadium as you emerge from Wembley Park Station. Not the first time a 'bus has been parked at Wembley'.
I walked to the stadium from Harrow (further than I thought) so coming in from the west this is the first image that caught my eye.
Next was the multi storey car park which is hidden behind Meccano like sheet of metal that have too much of a resemblance to Manchester United's colurs for my liking.
The famous arch which is impressive from a distance is something different close up. The old Wembley stadium was demolished in 2003 and the new one opened in 2007.
It is all a bit ghostly when there are no events on but a good opportunity to observe aspects you would miss completely on a match day,
both inside the stadium and outside.
I was pleased to see a majority of the 5 a side players had Arsenal shirts on.
Gate E at the other end of the arch.
Direction signage looks somewhat over the top but necessary on Cup Final day.
The main entrance.
and above it the Bobby Moore statue and entrance.
And here is a close up of the statue.
Here is Sir Bobby's view of Wembley Way.
The view of the stadium approaching from Wembley Way.