Empire Pool Indoor Track

Wembley Arena
Stadium Way

Telephone: 020 8902 8833
Fax: 020 8900 1045


Type: Unknown surface (no longer exists), 145y, lanes, lane straight

Authority: #
Ceremonial County: Greater London

NUTS Name: Wembley

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OS National Grid Reference: TQ 191858
National Grid Reference: 519100, 185800

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OS Pathfinder Map: 1158

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Other Info:
The Empire Pool Wembley which opened in 1934 hosted the first AAA Indoor Champs in 1935, with only sprints, hurdles and field events being held. The following year a 142yd 1ft 9in flat board circuit was installed. This was replaced by a banked board track of the same circumference in 1938. With the outbreak of World War II the championships were last held in 1939. Apart from a two day "festival of sport" in 1953, no more athletics was held here until 16th March 1962. A new portable banked board track of 145 yards circumference was installed with associated field event facilities. A total of nine two-day meetings were held on the track between 1962 and 1965 (including the resurrected AAA champs between 1962-64) under sponsorship of the "Daily Herald" and the "Sun". With the move of the AAA champs to Cosford, and lack of sponsorship for meetings in London, the facility was not used again. The first UK indoor international match was held here on 6/7 Apr 1962 (Great Britain v West Germany) and there is also an unsubstantiated claim that this was first indoor international match held anywhere in the world. When events like athletics took place the pool was covered and the track placed on top. It is believed that the pool is still there but presumably it must be permanently covered. The Empire Pool building is now called Wembley Arena.

Last update: 13/02/2000

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