Thursday, July 29, 1999 Published at 13:30 GMT 14:30 UK
Wembley loses twin towers
The capacity of the national stadium will be increased to 90,000
Wembley Stadium's twin towers are to be replaced by four sky-scraping masts, under a massive redevelopment of the home of English football.
But organisers insisted the increase did not represent an overspend, saying it in fact represented the bill for a series of enhanced facilities not included in the original design brief.
After months of speculation it was confirmed that the towers would be demolished - despite a campaign from football supporters to retain them.
The redevelopment of the ground will turn it into the centrepiece of England's campaign to host the 2006 World Cup.
Mr Smith praised the design, saying the new Wembley would be "the finest arena in the world".
He said: "Trying to match a stadium as legendary as the current Wembley was a daunting challenge, but Norman Foster and his team have come up with a stunning design.
"There will be nowhere on earth better to stage the 2006 World Cup Final."
Glass walls surrounding the expanded structure will provide a spectacular backdrop for spectators as they walk up a refurbished Wembley Way - before taking their places in six tiers of seating overlooking the pitch.
Conservation body English Heritage earlier confirmed they were withdrawing their objections to the removal of the towers.
Lord Foster explained that keeping the towers would have involved a massive engineering operation costing at least £20m
"You've got to have a pretty good justification for doing that and for me I can't think of a strong justification," he said.
"The towers were emblematic at their time, but that was a long time ago and things have moved on."
The new stadium will increase the ground's capacity from 75,000 to 90,000.
The former owners of the stadium, Wembley plc, sold the ground to the English Football Association (FA) earlier this year.
Lord Foster is famous for numerous multi-million pound projects all over the world, from Germany to China, including airport terminals, skyscrapers, museums and public buildings.