What a weekend it was for Norfolk. Radio 1's Big Weekend, the largest free music festival in Europe, took place across Saturday and Sunday and was attended by 50,000 people. However, as Norwich City fans, we were more interested in events that took place at Wembley on Monday.
It was great that so many of our team managed to get tickets for what was undoubtedly the clubs biggest game for more than 20 years. It is also a massive boost for businesses operating in the city and across the wider county. The publicity that the local region will receive from having a Premier League club will almost certainly bring financial benefits to the local economy.
"Getting into the top flight equates to at least £120m in terms of things such as TV money over the course of the season or parachute payments should the team be relegated - but could yet be worth even more, depending on how long City remained in the Premier League.
The harder one to predict is what the kind of brand image is and that's a king of more long term thing generated by people being more aware of the city and taking the city seriously as a business location. It's much harder to put a figure on that, but it's worth millions as well."
- Chris Starkie, Managing Director of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership.
As great as being at the game was, the stadium itself is simply unbelievable. It was opened in 2007 and some of the statistics are mind-boggling.
- There are 90,000 plastic moulded seats, all without unobstructed views of the pitch.
- Wembley Stadium has 34 bars, 8 restaurants, 98 kitchens and 688 food and drink service points.
- Approximately 10,500 meals can be served at any one event.
- The stadium is equipped with soft drink dispensers that can pour 30,000 cups in a little over 10 minutes.
- 40,000 pints of beer can be served during the half time interval of a football or rugby match.
With the majority of the beer being served in plastic cups, there is a considerable amount of plastic waste that is produced on a match day. Wembley however prides itself on being a 'zero waste to landfill venue' and has been so since 2010. On a match day 86% of all waste that is produced will going on to be recycled, with the remainder sent to 'waste to energy' plants. This is converted into energy that will eventually make its way back into the National Grid.
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