What an FA Cup final weekend! Whilst a capacity 90,000 people made the trip to Wembley, millions watched at home, and billions tuned in across the globe and conveniently a London team won.
I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to see and photograph the stadium in all its glory with a few other lovely Instagramers when it was empty last week.
As a Londoner it’s easy to take for granted how impressive the stadium is, as it’s just a tube ride away and its iconic arch can be over 20 miles away in Croydon.
Lining up in the players tunnel, looking back at the statue of the 1966 World Cup winning manager Sir Alf Ramsey it was difficult not to feel a buzz of excitement. Some of the greatest footballers have run out on to the Wembley pitch applauding the crowds, and with little encouragement needed so did our small group of Instagramers minus the crowds.
Standing pitch side in the technical area you realize how awesome the stadium is. For my Instagram I default to using my iPhone. It’s easy, it’s what I’m used to but since I’ve moved to a mirrorless camera I only use my iPhone for editing. I feel that I have more control with my Olympus and haven’t been able to put it down since I got it. The wireless functionality means that I can transfer photos, edit, and post photos easily.
We were privileged enough to get within a blade of grass of the actual pitch where I can admit I have never seen more immaculate grass.
There are no bad views wherever you sit, but there is something magical about standing in front of the Royal Box holding the FA Cup and giving it a kiss.
It’s worth a visit even if you don’t have any interest in football, the stadium is architecturally beautiful and has hosted the NFL, Madonna, Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters, Coldplay and Take That just to name a few, as well as One Direction at the Summertime Ball.
For photos of our tour please see #emptywembley on Instagram
With thanks to our friends at Facebook & Instagram and the FA for all of their hospitality.