Wembley Stadium’s New Chairman

He is the chief of Festival Republic, which puts on the Leeds and Reading festivals. He is also the licence-holder and leading organizer of the Glastonbury Festival. Benn will fill the job vacated by the former chairman, David Bernstein, after Bernstein’s recent appointment as FA chairman. Benn is no stranger to operations at the stadium, as he has been a non-executive director on the Wembley Board since 2008. His experience in the festival business should help in bringing music and other entertainment back to Wembley Stadium.

Wembley Stadium is set to receive a much-needed boost regarding concerts and other non-sports events with the appointment of Melvin Benn as its new chairman. The stadium is desperate to regain footing as a concert venue since losing out in recent years to the O2 Arena and Benn seems the man for the job.

He is the chief of Festival Republic, which puts on the Leeds and Reading festivals. He is also the licence-holder and leading organizer of the Glastonbury Festival. Benn will fill the job vacated by the former chairman, David Bernstein, after Bernstein’s recent appointment as FA chairman. Benn is no stranger to operations at the stadium, as he has been a non-executive director on the Wembley Board since 2008. His experience in the festival business should help in bringing music and other entertainment back to Wembley Stadium.

Currently, there is only one concert series scheduled for the year 2011 – the record-shattering 8 performances coming up in July featuring the pop group Take That, which should be  evidence that the 90,000-seat stadium still has potential as a concert venue. The stadium will host a number of major sports events this year, including the UEFA finals.

Benn will begin his duties on May 1, and will chair his first Wembley Board meeting on May 24th. He seems confident and ready for the challenge ahead of him: “The stadium is going from strength to strength and 2011 promises to be another fantastic year. “I look forward to a close working relationship with both David and Alex Horne at The FA and with Roger Maslin and the management team at Wembley.”‪

The appointment is good news for the Wembley community and will no doubt be welcomed by area businesses, such as restaurants and hotels near Wembley Stadium, as well as hotels near Wembley Arena.


April 29, 2011 | Author: | Posted in News & Society

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