The 1966 World Cup finals were held at Wembley Stadium. At the time, the stadium had a capacity of up to 100,000. The average attendance of the whole tournament was 48,847 which beat the old attendance record set at the 1950 World Cup (47,511). England's national team did not come out strong in the first match and continued to give uneven performances in other matches. Still, England went on to win the tournament by beating West Germany 4-2. The game was full of controversy after the third goal was scored in overtime. After a strike from Geoff Hurst hit the cross bar, it bounced down and crossed the line into the net. However, it continued to be debated whether the ball actually crossed the line or not. Whether it did or did not, the referee called it a good goal and England won their first World Cup title.
Today the stadium is home to several different events and several teams. The stadium hosts the Football Association Cup final every year. It is the home of the England national football team, the FA cup semifinals and finals, and the Rugby League finals. Recently, the stadium has also hosted several NFL games as a way to bring American football over seas. Wembley has previously hosted Olympic soccer games including the gold medal match during the 2012 London Olympics. Additionally, the stadium has hosted boxing matches featuring Mohammad Ali as well an event with Evel Knievel. Knievel crashed while trying to jump over 13 double decker buses.
The stadium was built in London in 1927. About seventy years later the original stadium was demolished and rebuilt. It took four years for the construction to finish and the stadium was finally reopened in 2007. The stadium has a large arch that is recognized around the world. The arch helps with support of the roof and is tilted at a 22 degree angle. After the rebuilding, a sliding roof was used to completely cover the fans but leaves the pitch itself completely open to the elements. Building officials also decided to use a blend of synthetic grass and real grass to strengthen the playing surface.