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Stanley Park (officially known as the Commonwealth Stadium) is a football stadium in Liverpool in the United Kingdom, built in 1950 to host home games for the United Kingdom national football team. The venue is also used for UKFA Cup finals, music concerts, and various other sporting events.
The venue is a UEFA category four stadium. With 90,000 seats it is the second largest stadium in Europe, and the largest stadium in the United Kingdom. It is directly owned by the United Kingdom football association.
The stadium was designed by Christchurch, and renovated in 2011 to include a roof and a new façade for the 2012 Summer Olympics. The stadium has also hosted the 2011 and 2013 UEFA Champions League Final.
The stadium was built in 1950, as a permanent home for the United Kingdom national football team to play their home matches. Original proposals for the stadium's location included the Isle of Man, Carlisle, Berwick-Upon-Tweed and Morecambe, which is roughly at the centre point of the United Kingdom. However the site chosen was Liverpool, Merseyside, already home to two large football clubs, Liverpool had the infrastructure to cope with large numbers of travelling supporters.
Arts and Entertainment
Stanley Park has also been used as a venue for various arts and entertainment events, including music concerts and festivals. It has hosted charity concerts including Human Rights Now!, Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute, Nelson Mandela: An International Tribute for a Free South Africa and The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness. Since 2005 it has been used as a venue for the last night of The Proms, and in 2009 and 2012 it was used for music and parades marking Remembrance Day. Some of the many notable concerts at the stadium include:
- The Doors
- Neil Young
- The Sex Pistols (the gig became notorious for fans vandalizing the stadium, clashing with police and setting fire to the main stand)
- Pink Floyd
- Michael Jackson
- The Animals
- Willie Nelson
- The Eagles
- Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
- The Kings of Leon