Wembley's demise
February 7, 2003 8:00 AM   Subscribe

Wembley Stadium - Arguably the most famous sports ground in the world, host of the 1966 World Cup final and the 1948 Olympics is being rebuilt. Today the famous twin towers go under the wrecking ball. You can see it all on webcam. Sad end to one of our sporting treasures.
posted by brettski (11 comments total)
I'm watching 'Live coverage' of the 'Twin Tower Demolition' on Sky news now.

It must be a slow news day...
posted by sebas at 8:13 AM on February 7, 2003

1966 World Cup Final and the 48 Olympics, notwithstanding, who could forget "July 13th 1985", the day we watched Live Aid? :-)

With apologies to John Wesley Harding.
posted by psmealey at 8:15 AM on February 7, 2003

Sad that they couldn't have incorporated the towers into the new design (or is it at a different site)
posted by zeoslap at 8:16 AM on February 7, 2003

The towers would be in the goalmouth because of the larger footprint and changed orientation.
posted by brettski at 8:19 AM on February 7, 2003

I kinda had a boyhood dream of visiting and walking out on the field at night (similar to how Yankee Stadium is often treated in movies). There would be a hush, then the huge lights would come on and I would imagine a crowd cheering for me as I scored the winning goal in a shoot-out.

And I'm an American woman. I'm sure there are many more melancholy people than me.
posted by valval22 at 8:27 AM on February 7, 2003

When is it supposed to happen, the site says 2:00 GMT, its now 4:30 and they're still there?
posted by Pollomacho at 8:33 AM on February 7, 2003

As long as they don't rename it to 'Burger King Stadium'...
posted by Yossarian at 8:54 AM on February 7, 2003

When is it supposed to happen?

They're being demolished, not blown up, so it'll be a gradual process over the next week, not a five second explosion....
posted by brettski at 8:58 AM on February 7, 2003

Ah, that makes more sense then, I'll have to check back in periodically in stead of waiting here for something to suddenly happen! Thanks!
posted by Pollomacho at 9:13 AM on February 7, 2003

This makes me proud to be a scotsman.
as a fitting relacement,
I suggest you build a giant statue of jim baxter sitting on the ball on the wembley pitch while the hapless english 'heroes'
of 66 try in vain to retrieve it from him......
posted by sgt.serenity at 9:27 AM on February 7, 2003

Good riddance to the stinking shithole. The only pity is that they are rebuilding in the same place.
posted by Fat Buddha at 12:28 PM on February 7, 2003

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