British soccer’s Mecca, Wembley Stadium, will have its last salute on November 2, 2000, as Elton John helps a star-studded charity gala play out its swan song hours before bulldozers are to move in and revamp the building for the 21st Century.
Only the famous Twin Towers are to be salvaged from the debris. But bad weather conditions could hamper both the show, and the demolition work!
Host Elton will be joined on stage at this £2,000-for-a-pair-of-tickets AXA Final Ball event this evening by musicians Chris De Burgh, Jools Holland, The Bootleg Beatles and soprano Leslie Garrett.
From the world of British sport, expect 1966 World Cup winner Sir Bobby Charlton, former world champion boxer Frank Bruno, Live Aid organiser Sir Bob Geldof and Olympic rower Steve Redgrave among 2,000 guests celebrating Wembley’s past.
Father of Brazilian football, Pele, who made his mark at the World Cup of 1970 but never had the chance to play at Wembley, will kick the final ball, symbolically overshadowing the last competitive goal to be scored on the hallowed turf by Germany in the October showdown against England.
Organisers hope the AXA Final Ball event will raise £1 million for the British children’s charity NSPCC Full Stop Campaign.
Mark Wood, chief executive of event organisers AXA UK, said: “Music has played a huge part in Wembley’s history and Sir Elton’s presence will ensure that music as well as sport lives on in Wembley’s memory.”