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Looking for a hotel close to the Wembley SSE Arena? We offer a great selection of hotels just a short walk away. Whatever your need and budget we're confident you'll find the right hotel for you. The Wembley SSE Arena is located next to Wembley stadium and has great transport links from central and outer London, so whether you're visiting for a music concert, comedian act or simply for business, you'll find a great selection of accommodation here.
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The History of Wembley Arena
Built in 1934, Wembley Arena was built for the Empire Games (now known as the Commonwealth Games). It housed a swimming pool and was aptly named the Empire Pool until 1978 when it became Wembley Arena. The venue was used in the 1948 Summer Olympics in which London was the host city for swimming, diving, water polo and boxing. Designed by the famous engineer Sir Owen Williams, without the use of an architect the arena and only took 8 months to build.
In 1976 the venue was granted Grade II listing, essentially declaring it of special architectural interest and therefore of national importance. During its time as the Empire Pool it hosted a variety of further memorable events including concerts the Beatles, David Bowie and the Rolling Stones.
In 1978, the Empire pool was renamed the Wembley Arena, cementing its reputation as a top venue for music concerts and events. Iconic moments would further grace the venue, including Abba playing six sold-out concerts as well as Tina Turner, Prince and the Spice Girls all enjoying the fantastic atmosphere from the 10,000+ crowd.
Alongside the reconstruction of neighbouring Wembley Stadium, the arena also underwent a major £35 million renovation. Closed for 14 months in 2005, it brought the interior back to its original art deco roots. 2014 saw a 10 year sponsorship deal with the energy company SSE and thus the naming rights. More recently it's hosted a wide variety of events from the world of music, sport, and award ceremonies.