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Wembley Stadium record attendance: football, concerts, boxing & more

Since opening in 2007, Wembley Stadium has been used as a multi-purpose arena for various sporting and entertainment events. Primarily used for football, the stadium has long been dubbed “the home of English football” with the England national team playing the majority of their fixtures at the stadium. However, boxing bouts, concerts and wrestling events have all also been hosted at the famous stadium.

The Wembley record attendance at the old Wembley Stadium, which closed down for good in 2000, was 126,047 for the 1923 FA Cup final between Bolton Wanderers and West Ham United. The new Wembley Stadium has a capacity of 90,000 which means this 101-year record will never be beaten by the newer version of the stadium.

Despite that, the stadium has seen some impressive attendance figures since it first opened. Here are the Wembley highest attendances for each event type it has hosted.

Wembley record attendance
Wembley Stadium has a capacity of 90,000 – Photo by Icon sport

Wembley Stadium record attendance – by event

Football – 89,874: FA Cup Final, 2008 – Cardiff City vs Portsmouth

The Wembley Stadium record attendance for a football match came in the 2008 FA Cup final between Portsmouth and Cardiff City. The final was the second FA Cup final to be played at the new Wembley Stadium with the first final in 2007 between Man Utd and Chelsea bringing in 89,826 supporters.

There have been higher profile football matches played at Wembley Stadium since but none are yet to bring in more supporters than Cardiff City and Portsmouth did. Perhaps the fact the match wasn't played between two big rivals made policing the match easier which made fewer seats taken up by segregation.

NFL – 86,215: Denver Broncos vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 2022

In 2007, the New York Giants played the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium in the first-ever NFL London match. Each year since, the NFL has returned to London and interest in the sport has continued to grow in the UK.

In 2022, the Denver Broncos faced the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley in front of 86,215 supporters. It was the biggest turnout for an NFL match in London at the time and no matches since have managed to top it. Could Wembley Stadium record attendance for NFL be broken when the Jacksonville Jaguars return to Wembley in 2024?

Denver vs Jacksonville 2022
Denver vs Jacksonville in 2022 holds the Wembley attendance record for an NFL match – Photo by Icon sport

Concerts – 98,000: Adele, 2017

Countless concerts have taken place at Wembley Stadium since it opened in 2007 with the likes of Ed Sheeran, One Direction and Taylor Swift all playing at the home of football. However, no one has managed to pack Wembley Stadium as well as Adele who sang to 98,000 fans in 2017.

Concerts are able to break the 90,000 capacity at Wembley due to the fact standing tickets are available at pitch level so this is a record that could be easily broken in the future. Could 100,000 fans squeeze in at some point?

Boxing – 94,000: Tyson Fury vs. Dillian Whyte, 2022

Boxing first made it to Wembley Stadium when George Groves and Carl Froch met in a British grudge match in 2014. Froch has famously bragged about fighting “in front of 80,000 at Wembley” ever since but this attendance has been beaten on several occasions since in bouts featuring Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury.

Fury's fight against Dillian Whyte brought in 94,000 fans in 2022, a world-record attendance for a boxing event in the United Kingdom. Fury won the bout via knockout in the sixth round.

Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte
94,000 fans watched Tyson Fury knock out Dillian Whyte in 2022 – Photo by Icon sport

Wrestling – 72,265: AEW, 2023

Wrestling hadn't been at Wembley since WWE hosted Summerslam there in 1992 but AEW brought it back in 2023. 72,265 fans attended but this is a figure that could be topped this year when the company returns again.

The success of the event has made WWE consider bringing Wrestlemania to London. If that was to happen then this record would almost certainly be shattered.

Rugby League – 85,217: Challenge Cup final, 2010

The Challenge Cup has been played at Wembley since the 1920s and frequently hit attendances of more than 90,000 at the old Wembley. In terms of Rugby League's Wembley Stadium record attendance, the 2010 Challenge Cup final between Warrington Wolves and Leeds Rhinos takes the top spot with an attendance of 85,217.

Rugby Union – 89,267: Rugby World Cup, 2015

Rugby Union has rarely been played at Wembley Stadium over the year with Twickenham hosting all major England matches. However, the stadium was used when England hosted the 2015 World Cup and 89,267 fans turned out to watch Ireland batter Romania. Not only is this a Wembley Stadium record attendance for Rugby Union, but it's also the largest turnout ever for a Rugby World Cup match.