All eyes are on the FA cup with Liverpool traveling to Blackburn on April 8 for a replay after drawing on March 8. The winner faces Aston Villa in the FA Cup semi final on April 19. Arsenal and Reading will face off on April 18. On May 30th the FA Cup Final will take place in London at Wembley Stadium. The FA Cup is the oldest and longest-running soccer (football in England) competition in the world, and Wembley Stadium with a capacity of 90,000 spectators, is the largest stadium in the U.K. It is also the stadium with the most loos (bathrooms in England) in the world.
Wembley Stadium is, after Camp Nou, the second largest stadium in Europe and the standard playing venue of the English national team. It also hosts the annual League Cup final, FA Cup final, and the Community Shield.
Wembley Stadium replaced the old stadium with the same name that had stood in its place since 1923 and had been host to many cup finals. The old Wembley Stadium got demolished in 2003, after which construction of the new stadium started. After several delays, postponing the opening of the stadium for almost two years, the stadium finally got completed in 2007.
The new stadium was designed by architecture firms Foster and Partners and Populous and is estimated to have cost a total of £757 million. The most iconic feature of the stadium is its 436 feet tall arch, that, with its span of 1034 feet, is the longest single span roof structure in the world.
Wembley Stadium has a sliding roof that sits 170 feet above the pitch. Even though the roof does not completely close, it does cover every seat in the stadium, which makes Wembley the largest fully covered stadium in the world.
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