Wembley Arena is an indoor arena, at Wembley, in the London Borough of Brent, England. The building is opposite Wembley Stadium. It was built for the 1934 Empire Games, by Arthur Elvin and originally housed a swimming pool, as reflected by its former name, Empire Pool. The pool itself was last used for the 1948 Summer Olympics. The building is used for music, comedy and family entertainment and for sport. Music predominates, as the arena doesn't currently have a tenant sports team.

Wembley Arena was renovated, along with Wembley Stadium, as part of the regeneration of the Wembley area. The arena refurbishment cost £35m and the new arena opened to the public on 2 April 2006, with a concert by Depeche Mode. With 12,500 seats it is London's second largest indoor arena after The O2 arena and third largest indoor concert venue after the O2 and Earls Court, an exhibition hall which regularly stages concerts.

World Wrestling Entertainment taped its flagship television shows Raw and SmackDown! at the venue on 21 April 2006 and 22 April 2006 respectively. The company returned in October 2007 with the 'Survivor Series Tour'. WWF Insurrextion 2002, which also emanated from this venue, was the last ever World Wrestling Federation pay-per-view; the company was re-branded World Wrestling Entertainment just two days later on 6 May 2002.


Television Programs

Date Event
May 4, 2002 Insurrextion 2002
April 21, 2006 RAW
April 21, 2006 Heat
April 22, 2006 Smackdown
April 22, 2006 Velocity
January 28, 2012 Impact Wrestling
February 23, 2012 Impact Wrestling
February 14, 2013 Impact Wrestling
February 21, 2013 Impact Wrestling
February 1, 2014 Impact Wrestling
February 1, 2014 Impact Wrestling
January 31, 2015 Impact Wrestling
January 31, 2015 Impact Wrestling
January 31, 2015 Impact Wrestling
December 16, 2015 NXT Takeover
January 30, 2016
January 30, 2016

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