FA ‘to offer Wembley to the NHS for use in the fight against coronavirus’ while health service seeking temporary bases and field hospitals
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FA bosses are ready to offer the use of Wembley Stadium in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
The iconic stadium is being offered to the National Health Service in search of temporary bases and field hospitals.
It comes after Wimbledon, Lords, Twickenham, Silverstone and Cardiff’s Principality Stadium have all offered their facilities.
FA bosses are ready to offer the use of Wembley Stadium in the fight against coronavirus
The Wembley arch was lit in blue on Thursday and the words ‘Thank You NHS’ were above the main entrance.
With the photo on Wembley Stadium’s official Twitter account, a message accompanying the tweet read: ‘To all of our NHS and frontline staff working tirelessly through this challenging time, Wembley Stadium and its partners thank you.
“Our arc will glow blue every night to shine a light on your efforts and show our appreciation during this unprecedented period. #NHSthankyou. ‘
The stadium is less than three miles from Northwick Park Hospital, which was the first in the UK to declare a ‘critical incident’ after a wave of patients with the deadly virus.