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Fans get first look at Wembley
Sir Geoff Hurst at the new stadium
The stadium is due to open in time for the 2006 FA Cup Final
A group of football fans were given their first glimpse inside the new Wembley Stadium on Friday.

A handful of specially invited England supporters were taken 40 metres above the north-west London venue - which is just one year away from completion.

Fans said they were impressed with the progress of the 757m project but said their main concern was the availability and prices of tickets.

The group was joined by England legend Sir Geoff Hurst.

As fans, we were fairly confident it would be a superb stadium
Football Supporters' Federation
"I've always been very in favour of the new Wembley - it's going to be great to have a national stadium which is going to be the best in the world," he said.

"It's great to see it under construction, you see the sheer scale of it."

Sir Geoff said facilities at the ground would make it better than the old stadium.

He added: "All the seats have as much leg room as the old Royal Box and there are much better views for the fans.

"The disappointing factor is how long it took initially to decide where and how to build it, but I think we'll look back on those reports and laugh."

What we are interested in is what the prices will be, and how easy it will be to get here and get away from the ground
Ian Todd, president of the Football Supporters' Federation
Ian Todd, president of the Football Supporters' Federation, said: "It's fine so far, though it's a bit difficult to envisage the final product.

"As fans, we were fairly confident it would be a superb stadium.

"What we are interested in is what the prices will be, and how easy it will be to get here and get away from the ground."

Construction is about two-thirds of the way through with a completion date of next January.

The stadium is due to be opened in time for the FA Cup Final in 2006.




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