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Wembley warmup event delayed; officials insist stadium will be ready for FA Cup final

Wembley warmup event delayed; officials insist stadium will be ready for FA Cup final

Wembley officials say the stadium will be ready to host the FA Cup final on May 19 despite the postponement of a warmup event.
A "community day" scheduled for March 3 was put off Tuesday until March 17. The event will allow more than 60,000 local residents to visit the 80,000-seat venue.
The delay also means a women's friendly soccer game between England and Scotland _ provisionally scheduled for March 11 _ will be scrapped.
Wembley managing director Alex Horne said the delay was related to safety and security paperwork, and that the northwest London venue would be ready to host the cup final.
"We still remain on track to host the 2007 FA Cup final but the FA (Football Association) will only announce the 2007 Cup final at Wembley once the stadium has been granted its general safety certificate," Horne said. "We are on course to go through the necessary testing procedures in order to get the certificate."
Wembley was knocked down after staging its last game in Oct. 2000. Rebuilding costs have spiraled to 793 million pounds (US$1.54 billion; euro1.17 billion) and the scheduled opening date has been put back several times.


Updated : 2021-10-16 10:19 GMT+08:00