History of the Wembley Arena Venue

Wembley Arena was originally built in 1934 as part of the British Empire Games (later known as the Commonwealth Games) and was named the Empire Pool. Currently it is sponsored by SSE the energy, phone and broadband supplier (also sponsors of the Hydro venue in Glasgow).

Home to some of the biggest names in music, comedy, entertainment and sport, Wembley Arena has seen it all. Refurbished along with the Wembley Stadium in the early 21st Century, the Wembley Arena has 12,500 seats and is the second largest indoor arena in London.

Regular visitors to the Arena include Sir Cliff Richard, Tina Turner and the late Prince, who alone racked up 35 shows at the venue between 1986-1998.

When the venue re-opened in 2006 after major renovation it unveiled the “Square of Fame“, an area similar to Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, with the first set of hand prints put down by Madonna.