Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education

Front Page



UK Politics







Talking Point
On Air
Low Graphics

Thursday, March 12, 1998 Published at 12:13 GMT

Sport: Football

Arsenal offer to buy Wembley

Wembley Stadium: wanted by Arsenal

Arsenal have confirmed they have made an official bid to buy Wembley Stadium to be their new home.

The club are desperate to increase the 38,000 capacity at Highbury but have met strong opposition from local residents.

The BBC's sports correspondent Adam Mynott discusses why the Gunners want to move (3'08")
With few other options they have decided that Wembley, with a capacity nearer 80,000, is the only viable alternative.

They will face opposition, however, from both the Football Association and the English National Stadium Trust.

The trust also wants to buy the stadium while the FA has made it clear that selling Wembley to a club side would harm England's bid to stage the 2006 World Cup.

Football's governing body FIFA insisted that if Arsenal bought Wembley it would not harm England's chances of staging the 2006 World Cup.

Wembley is due to be redeveloped as the national stadium and will be the centrepiece of the Football Association's bid.

Former Arsenal striker Alan "Smudger" Smith tells BBC Radio 5 Live why the magic of Wembley "would be lost" (2'24")
But FIFA spokesman Keith Cooper claims it is not bothered by who owns a particular stadium.

"The ownership of any individual stadium and the team that regularly plays there, really makes no difference to FIFA," he said.

"The important thing is that the stadium in question should be available for the period of the World Cup. What happens there for the rest of the time is not FIFA's concern."

Advanced options | Search tips

Back to top | BBC News Home | BBC Homepage | ©

Football Contents

Relevant Stories

19 Jan 98 | Football
Gunners aim for the twin towers

Internet Links

Wembley Stadium redevelopment plans

Arsenal FC

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.

In this section

Collins calls it a day for Scots

Derby double swoop fails

From Special Report
Keegan accused over late night

White Rose rivals meet again

McIlroy tipped for NI role

League to rule on Sky shares

Keane talks to resume

From Special Report
We'll be back for World Cup - Brown

From Special Report
Keegan insists England can triumph

Irish to appeal after brawl

Israel demands soccer sex scandal inquiry

From Special Report
I've rarely seen anything worse

From Special Report
An almost unbelievable turnaround

SA kidnap shocks soccer coach

From Special Report
Police claim play-off success

From Special Report
England book Euro 2000 place

From Special Report
We've a long way to go - Keegan

Turks bury Irish dream

From Special Report
We deserved to qualify - Hendry

Slovenia to make Euro debut

From Special Report
England v Scotland - picture gallery

From Special Report
What they said