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Wembley’s summer programme attracts 1m+ visitors

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More than one million people visited Wembley Stadium during its summer season of concerts and sporting events.

The total consisted of 13 events between June and August, ranging from football and rugby finals to Harry Styles concerts.

The summer season – during Wembley’s centenary year – included a record-breaking crowd for AEW’s All-In wrestling show. The first major wrestling event at Wembley since 1992, when the stadium hosted WWE’s Summerslam event, attracted 81,035 visitors and generated more than $10m.

Prior to that, pop sensation The Weeknd performed his After Hours Till Dawn show to 87,000 fans – breaking the record for ticket sales at Wembley with a traditional stage set-up. Harry Styles played four nights, Blur played two and Kylie Minogue headlined Capital’s Summertime Ball.

Sports history was made as this year’s rugby league Challenge Cup Finals’ Day featured a double-header of the men’s and women’s matches. Manchester City won the FA Cup Final against local rivals Manchester United on their way to a trophy treble.

Liam Boylan, Wembley’s director, said: “It’s been a hugely successful summer that has offered something for fans of music, sport, and entertainment.

“If you look back at Wembley’s history you will see that it has always hosted a diverse range of sports including greyhound races, Gaelic football, hockey and even ski jumping. So, it is rather fitting in our 100th anniversary year we have continued that trend.

“As the national stadium it is important, we put on events that appeal to a wide range of people, not just football fans.”

Wembley will next month host the NFL fixture between Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons. In 2024, Wembley will host the UEFA Champions’ League Final for a record eighth time. It will also be home to six nights of Taylor Swift’s The Eras Tour, which is expected to be the highest grossing world tour by an artist ever.

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