2012 Olympic Venue Previews: Wembley Stadium

July 16, 2012; London, UNITED KINGDOM; A general view of Wembley Stadium and the Bobby Moore statue with an Olympic building cover in preparation for the 2012 London Olympic Games. Mandatory Credit: Joe Toth-US PRESSWIRE

Wembley Stadium, one of the world's most famous venues, will host men's and women's soccer matches at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Location: London

Events: Soccer

Construction: Built between 2002 and 2007, at a cost of approximately $1.2 billion

Toilets: 2,618 (more than any other venue in the world as of 2007)

One of the most famous venues for sports in the entire world will play host to much of the soccer competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics, including the gold medal matches for both the men's and women's tournaments. As the regular home to England's national football team, Wembley is no stranger to marquee events. It was the site of the 2011 Champions League Final (and will be again in 2013) and also hosts the yearly NFL game played in London.

Wembley Stadium, with a seating capacity of 90,000, is the second-largest venue in the Summer Games, behind the Olympic Stadium, and comes equipped with a retractable roof to deal with England's most famous weather pattern (hint: it's rain).

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Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

The stadium's signature feature is the arch that soars as high as 436 feet and supports the roof. At more than 1,000 feet, it the longest single span roof structure in the world.

After the Games, Wembley Stadium will continue to host major sporting events, including the FA Cup and FA Community Shield. Later this year, in October, the St. Louis Rams and New England Patriots will play the latest installment of the NFL International Series at Wembley.

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