The FA appoint new Wembley supremo to take over from David Bernstein.
Melvin Benn has been appointed Wembley Stadium’s new chairman and will take up his new role on May1 the Football Association have announced.
He takes over the role from David Bernstein, who was recently appointed FA chairman, after being a non-executive director of the Wembley board since July 2008.
Benn is the managing director of Festival Republic, the UK’s leading festival and event promoter
Festival Republic are the group behind the Reading and Leeds Festivals. Benn also has operational responsibility and is licence holder for the Glastonbury Festival.?
Since Wembley re-opened in 2007, the stadium has been criticised for the poor standard of the playing surface due to the staging of music concerts at the arena.
The appointment of Benn will do nothing to calm the critics due to his background in the music business.
Wembley have just announced a string of new events to be staged in the upcoming months and expect more to follow.
The NFL will play another regular season game at Wembley this year – their fifth consecutive match. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will play the Chicago Bears on October 23.
As well as staging The FA Cup Final, Champions League Final and England’s crucial Euro qualifier against Switzerland this summer, the Stadium is hosting a record-breaking eight nights of Take That in July.?
“I’m delighted to be taking over the role of Wembley Chairman from David Bernstein,” Benn said.
“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 FA and existing Wembley officials are naturally pleased with Benn’s appointment.
“I am delighted with Melvin’s appointment, which provides both board continuity and entrepreneurial flair at this exciting stage of Wembley’s development,” Bernstein said.
Wembley Stadium managing director Roger Maslin wants to work together with Benn to ensure Wembley is a successful multi-use stadium.
“Melvin has great experience in staging the best in entertainment events,” Maslin said.
“I look forward to working with him to further the progress Wembley Stadium has made in being the ultimate venue for the fans, the sports men and women and the artists that grace this fantastic stadium.”