Stadium is to finally let public through its doors for local community day

Wembley Stadium will open its doors to the public for the first time on 3 March, according to the Football Association.

The venue will host a test event to be attended by Brent Council residents. An estimated 20,000 visitors will be asked to test seating areas and turnstiles, and use the escalators. Younger visitors will be encouraged to take part in a synchronised flushing of the stadium’s toilets.

Stadium managing director Alex Gone said he wanted local residents to be the first to use the £757m venue. “Local people will not only be getting a preview of the new world-class venue, but will also play an important part in helping us to get the national stadium up and running," he said.

The test event forms part of the safety certificate application process before large-scale events take place in the summer. The FA Cup Final is scheduled to take place on 19 May 2007.