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If you are planning a sporting trip then Wembley, Twickenham or Lord’s Cricket Ground might be on your itinerary. Alternatively follow one of the hundreds of sporting teams that call London their home.
London is home to a variety of sporting grounds that have allowed the city to play host to huge events like the London Olympics in 2012 and the Rugby World Cup in 2015. Crowds descend on the capital city throughout the year for high profile football and rugby games, tennis tournaments, cricket tests and much more.
Wembley Stadium is a 90,000 capacity football stadium and serves as England’s national stadium. It hosts major football matches including the FA Cup Final, as well as all home games of England’s national football team and a variety of rugby matches. It also attracts some of the biggest events in music. It’s located just 30 minutes by tube from the centre of London. The stadium also gives visitors the opportunity of a behind-the-scenes tour which includes the history of the stadium and allows people to truly experience what it’s like in the press room and the player’s tunnel of the stadium.
London is also home to Twickenham, the largest dedicated rugby stadium in the world. It has a capacity of 82,000 spectators and is the home of English rugby. It hosts all home games for England including the RBS 6Nations games which take place each year in February and March. It also hosts international test games usually around November. It provides a great atmosphere on match day and allows all ages to really experience the excitement of the day. There is also a stadium tour which delves into the history of the stadium and the World Rugby Museum which takes more of an in depth look at this great sport.
Wimbledon is located in south-west London and is famous for its tennis tournament that takes place each year in June/July. It attracts world class tennis players as one of the last four Grand Slam tennis tournaments in the world to be played on grass. It’s a very traditional tournament which is known for its all white dress code for competitors along with the consumption of strawberries and cream from the spectators.
Lord’s Cricket Ground is widely known as the ‘home of cricket’ and has the world’s oldest sporting museum. It hosts test matches and one-day internationals. The MCC Museum contains the most celebrated collection of memorabilia from cricket including The Ashes urn, it also contains a cinema which screens some historical cricket footage for fans.