Wembley Stadium, as you can see, was not
only dominated for over 75 years by its world famous twin towers, but it
also used them as a world famous branding with its
renowned Wembley logo. Not surprising, considering that
these magnificent specimens figured in a
catalogue of filmed and televised major world
sporting events since their construction.
The old stadium stood alone as a
monument to the time when the worlds buildings were both functional and
decorative, where artistry and imagination involved itself in the making
of a lasting and well loved creation, built to last
and be appreciated forever. This was Wembley Stadium, fronted by its
voluptuous Twin Towers. Surrounded by its arched battlements. Crafted and
designed as a stunning wonder. A commanding opus in architectural
Very soon after its completion, the stadium found itself to be our national football stadium and was revered the world over, cramming a mighty 100,000 spectators into its terraces. And all games would be played out in the shadow of the terrific twin towers. There's not too many symbols that are more widely recognised than these Towers, apart from the towers of Tower Bridge, maybe.
The Twin Towers gained world recognition
after Wembley hosted the Olympic Games in 1948.
Then 1966, the eyes were glazing onto the majesty of the Towers when the
home football team at last reigned triumphant, and Wembley became
a worldwide symbol & iconic image of World sport.
Their immortality was complete when Wembley Stadium became
the venue for the 1985 music event 'Live Aid'
This new stadium, which was finished in 1924, actually used
some of this Folly as its foundation, and the twin towers arose from its
base. Soon, the towers were a feature on the Wembley landscape.
The view of these towers, visable for miles, were an uplifting apparition
for any visiting sports and music fan. Up close, they were an exciting
experiment in an offset angular crazed design.
Such a gorgeous marvel to behold in all kinds of lighting, the towers seemed
to change shape and color on you, as the shadows from the turrets deceive
Behind that were a warren of rooms
leading to the great Banqueting Hall, this being in support
of the right royal hospitality to Monarch and business alike, which had
brillaint views towards London from the main front Balcony. This Balcony,
pictured right, stood above the main red Medieval Gate to the Wembley
Tunnel, that fabled approach to the hallowed turf.
countries could boast a multitude of supreme stadia, the authorities
here were hell bent on trashing the greatest one we have. Not a
thought spared for the beauty of the Twin Towers and its
wonderfully crafted buildings.
This chap George made a dedicated website to saving the towers, which sadly failed to keep Wembley for the world and myself. Now he keeps a tribute resource for further reading and research: Wembley Stadium Twin Towers
Charles (of London Town)