The big day is coming. Beesotted brings you lots of useful little tit-bits including how to help you save money, drink in better places, get in and out the stadium cheaply and quickly and make lots of noise.
Characters wanting to attend Sunday’s League One Play-Off Final can buy tickets at Wembley. With both clubs under their initial 30,000 allocations, Wembley Stadium will be allowing ticket sales on the day.
The Wembley Stadium Ticket Office will be open from 9.30am on Sunday morning. This is situated on the North side of the stadium (on the Olympic Way side of the stadium between entrances G and H) just down the stairs from the Bobby Moore statue. A seating plan is found here – if you want to see what the view is like from your seat
Tickets are priced from £30 to £80 with half price for concessions. Interesting, a senior is stated as over 60 for Brentford fans and over 65 for Yeovil.
Brentford fans are seated at the West side of the stadium. The end closest to Wembley Stadium station. This is also the end that normally houses the England Supporters band.
If you want the ‘tourist shot’ of the Wembley Way with the big arch in the background immediately as you come out of the station, take the train to Wembley Park.
The main stations are Wembley Stadium (less than 10 mins from Marylebone on the overground), Wembley Park (around 13 minutes from Baker Street on the metropolitan line and 10 mins from West Hampstead on the Jubilee line) and Wembley Central (bakeroo line and overground).
Wembley Stadium trains from Marylebone leave at 1052, 1136, 1152, 1236 & 1252
Technically, it is possible leave Baker St on a Metropolitan Line train to Wembley Park and be sitting in your seat in 35 minutes.
There are problems on the Piccadilly line between Barons Court and Northfields/Uxbridge, both District line and Overground line from Richmond and the District line from Ealing broadway to Earls Court.
Your best bet is to take the Central Line from Ealing Broadway to Bond Street then Jubilee line, the overground to Waterloo then the jubilee line or the overground from Ealing Broadway to Paddington (less than 10 mins) then either bakerloo to Wembley Central or change at Baker sat to Metropolitan line to Wembley Park
Full details of weekend train problems can be found here
If you are driving, there is plenty of parking in parking lots near the stadium but it’s expensive. £25 plus is the figure flying around. However, there is also plenty of unofficial parking in the streets south of the stadium – the roads that run between Ikea and Wembley (Great Central Way and South Way etc) priced between £10 and £15 normally. Many people park in ikea car park (jctn Great Central Way and North Circular Rd) and walk up – 20 minutes. We’re 99% sure that the ikea car park is NOT patrolled but don’t take our word. Check it out. Note that IKEA closes at 5pm on Sundays so if extra time and penalties, you may have an hour and a half or so to get back to your car.
A great little tuck is parking outside either Kilburn or Willesden Green stations (or Stanmore or Kingsbury). All are 10 mins or less on the tube from Wembley Park station and may give you an uncongested exit from the area. Because it is a Sunday, you can park on a yellow line. It’s also less than 30 minutes from either of these stations to sitting in your seat.
Little trick for getting out of Wembley quicker
Heading back to the station, the ‘less congestion’ trick for those Wembley veterans is to NOT head down the Wembley Way which is always chocca bloc but take the stairs from the front of Wembley (NOT THE RAMP) by the Bobby Moore Statue down to the bottom floor … once at the bottom, walk to your LEFT …. Past the hoardings …. then after around 1 minute, cut through the little gap in the hoardings to the fountain thing outside Wembley arena and walk either to the LEFT or to the RIGHT of the arena to the main road. Cut right for Wembley Park at the main road. This save you loads of time as the police normally sporadically cut off Wembley Park station from the Wembley Way to stop congestion.
Drinking (West – Brentford pubs)
The Green Man, Dagmar Avenue, Wembley, HA9 8DF (the designated away fan pub. Come out Wembley Park, turn right, past roundabout and bars staying on the right hand side of the road … and walk up the hill for 10 minutes or so)
Blue Room, 53 Wembley Hill Road, Wembley, HA9 8BE
JJ Moons, 397 High Road, Wembley, HA9 7DT
Thirsty Eddie’s, 412 High Road, Wembley, HA9 6AH
Flannery’s, 610 High Road, Wembley, HA0 2AF
Innisfree, 30 – 32 Harrow Road, Wembley, HA9 6PG
Mannions, 313 Harrow Road, Wembley, HA9 6BA
The Copper Jug, 10 The Broadway, Wembley, HA9 8JU
Powerleague, Olympic Way, Wembley
Fusilier, 652 Harrow Road, Wembley, HA0 2HA
The Greyhound, 324 Harrow Road, Wembley HA9 6PG
Liquor Station, 379 High Road, Wembley, HA9 6AA
Other further afield drinking places include The Railway by West Hampstead Station, North Star, opp Finchley Rd station and the good olde Globe opp Baker St station and the Allsop Arms around the corner in Gloucester Place. Many football fans also drink in the sports bar in Marylebone Station before taking the train to Wembley Stadium (less than 10 minutes)
Also, after the match, many fans drink in the bar of the IBIS hotel opposite Wembley Stadium Station to wait for the congestion to die down.
Flags and music instruments
If you are looking to take large flags or musical instruments (horns, drums, trumpets, bells etc) into Wembley Stadium you should make pre-booked arrangements with the stadium. Email email@example.com for information (putting LEAGUE ONE PLAYOFF FINAL in the subject) as soon as possible. Flags up to 2.5m in length are fine provided they don’t block advertising hoardings, gangways etc. and aren’t a safety concern. For larger flags contact Elle.
Being totally truthful, Wembley is expensive. And you many find yourself underwhelmed once you have eaten there. There aren’t a bucketload of decent food places in Wembley unfortunately. The McDonalds is directly opposite the station and there will be a few food stalls on the Wembley Way. Other than that, if you can get a table at one of the local Indian and chinese restaurants on the parade of shops near Wembley Park, they’re normally quite lively (The Wembley Tandoori). Otherwise, eat out of the Wembley manor before you arrive is our best advice for decent food.