Have you ever wanted to take the England Manager’s hot-seat in the Press Room at Wembley Stadium, or get your hands on the Emirates FA Cup? Well now you can thanks to Wembley Stadium’s augmented reality tours. To find out what you can expect, we catch up with Adam Burrage, Guided Tour Manager at Wembley Stadium.
How long have you worked at Wembley Stadium?
I have been manager of the guided tours of Wembley Stadium since 2007 when the new building first opened.
What did you do before?
Previously, I was the manager of the Chelsea FC Stadium Tour and Museum at Stamford Bridge from 2002-2007.
What can people expect from a Wembley Stadium tour?
A fantastic, memorable, interactive and entertaining experience behind the scenes into areas only usually reserved for the biggest and best names in sports and music, all led by one of our brilliant, passionate and knowledgeable tour guides. As well as the new stadium’s modern innovations, we feature many aspects of the old building including artefacts from the Olympic Games in 1948 and the World Cup in 1966.
What’s the best thing about your job?
I’m born and raised in London and am extremely proud that our national stadium, in our capital, is arguably the most famous and iconic sports and music venue in the world.
What do you like most about Wembley Park?
I love how the area has grown in the last nine years practically in front of our eyes. In the very early days, leisure visitors would finish the tour and then have nowhere to go. Now, the choices are endless with so much to see and do.
What’s your best memory of Wembley Park?
I ran the North London Half Marathon in 2015 and loved the atmosphere in the morning and seeing thousands of people queued up and ready to run 13.1 miles for various wonderful charities. On the way back, I have never been so happy to see Wembley Park in all my life!
What are you passionate about?
I love how Wembley is such an inspirational and aspirational place. It is the pinnacle of any sportsman or sportswoman’s career and no musician has ever picked up a guitar and not thought about yelling ‘HELLO WEMBLEY!’ to tens of thousands of people.
Name one person you would like to have dinner with and why?
Terry Venables – to thank him for the summer of my life in 1996 when England played with such style and brilliance in Euro ’96 and were so close to getting to the final for the first time in decades.
What’s the strangest thing that has ever happened during a tour?
We’ve had a few marriage proposals in our time and it’s always fun when we get celebrities or stars in the building giving tour guests the chance to spot their idols. Oasis in 2009 was a personal highlight as was a certain Mr Beckham!