Why are FA Cup semi-finals played at Wembley?

Wembley Stadium, at least for the English, is considered the “home of football”.

The old Wembley, with its iconic Twin Towers façade, was undoubtedly the home of the FA Cup since it opened in 1923, hosting all FA Cup finals until 2000 when the original venue was torn down to make way for to the stadium we know. today.

In fact, that first year’s final, dubbed the White Horse Final because of an iconic photograph when police were trying to control fans streaming out of the stands, is still famous nearly a century later, even if you don’t know which teams really are. they played, because the record, Bolton beat West Ham.

Since 2007, when the new Wembley Stadium was reopened, the FA Cup has made a comeback.

But while the final of the world’s oldest club competition has almost 100 years of history at Wembley, the first FA Cup finals since its launch in the 1870s were held at Kennington Oval, the original Crystal Palace. and a handful of other stadiums, including Old Trafford – the semi-finals being played at Wembley are a fairly new tradition. However, it is rooted in history.

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