IT’S 17 years since Town were at Wembley ... and there have been a few changes!
In fact other than the name and location, there is little in common between the rebuilt national stadium in North London and its predecessor.
The old Wembley, where Town played five times, closed in 2000 and was originally due to reopen in August 2005. However delays meant the new stadium was not ready until March 2007.
Designed by Foster & Partners and HOK Sport, the stadium which was built by Multiplex cost £737m to construct.
That meant that as well as being late, it was over-budget, but the consensus is that it was worth the wait and extra expenditure.
Gone are the famous Twin Towers, in their place the spectacular Arch, which stretches 133m high and can be seen from across the capital.
Looking especially good when illuminated at night, the white tubular steel structure also has a practical use, being a load-bearing support frame for the roofs of the stands.
The new Wembley is totally enclosed and comprises three tiers, with both touchline sides being slightly larger than the ends.
The sides are semi-circular in construction and although on a larger scale, are reminiscent of the design at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, where Town played in last season’s FA Cup.
There are large upper and lower tiers, with a smaller middle tier sandwiched in between, overhanging the lower tier with a row of executive boxes at the back.
At each end is a large video screen, moulded into the structure and therefore an integral part of the stadium.
With no pillars or columns and a good height between each row, each of the 90,000 seats has an unobstructed view of a pitch which measures 105m x 68m.
Underneath, the usual breeze blocks and pipes have been hidden with timber rafting and well positioned lighting, giving a modern look.
And there is one refreshment till per 100 spectators!
Up above, the roof is partially retractable, meaning the pitch will always be open to the elements.
Unlike the old stadium, where the tunnel was at one end, players now enter in the more conventional way, onto the halfway line from the North Stand, where the Royal Box is situated.
From this stand, Town’s supporters will be to the right.
Situated in front of the stadium is a bronze statue of Bobby Moore, with England’s legendary World Cup winner gazing down on fans coming up Wembley Way.
Designated a ‘public transport’ destination, meaning there is limited parking availability, the nearest Underground station is Wembley Park, around a 10-minute walk away and served by the Jubilee and Metropolitan lines.
Slightly further away is Wembley Central, which has both rail (from Euston) and Underground (Bakerloo) connections.
The Wembley Stadium rail station is served by trains from Marylebone.