The original building was built in 1934 and the pool – which gave it the name “Empire Pool” was last used for the 1948 Summer Olympics. Between 1934 and its renovation in 2005 – 2006 the venue hosted many sporting classics such as the Horse of the Year Show, Premier League Darts, Masters Snooker, and various boxing, speedway, and Ice Hockey competitions. Despite this impressive list it has always been most famous for music concerts and the list of household names who performed there is almost endless. They include ...... The Beatles, T Rex, David Bowie, Cliff Richard, Diana Ross, The Grateful Dead, ELO, and Abba. In 2005 – 6 the venue was extensively renovated at a cost of 35 million pound and its capacity was increased to around twelve thousand five hundred (making it the second largest indoor venue in London – after the O2 arena). It’s situated next door to the iconic Wembley Stadium and a small square celebrating Wembley performers known as the “square of fame” separates the two. Wembley arena is served by two tube stations Wembley Central and Wembley Park. If you want the full Wembley effect go via Wembley Park – the view as you exit the tube station and look down Wembley way towards those two famous venues and consider the history, events, and celebrities that have performed and made history there is truly awe inspiring.