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Last Updated: Tuesday, 21 February 2006, 08:50 GMT
Timeline: The new Wembley
A rundown of the key dates in the project to build the new Wembley Stadium.


  • 11 September 2000: Australian company Multiplex signs a deal to build the new stadium for a maximum cost of 326.5m. Plans to open the new ground for the 2003 FA Cup final are scrapped.

  • 7 October 2000: The last competitive fixture is played at the stadium, with Germany beating England 1-0 in a World Cup 2002 qualifier.

  • 1 May 2001: The Football Association warns the project will fail unless the Government bails it out.

  • 3 May 2001: Home Secretary Jack Straw chairs the first meeting of a group of ministers responsible for looking at plans for the Stadium.

  • 31 May 2002 The FA announces the signing of a loan agreement with German bank WestLB which means work on the new stadium can start within three months.

  • 30 September 2002: Work finally starts on the new stadium.

  • July 2003: A 200ft footbridge providing improved access to the new stadium is put in place.

  • January 2004: Scaffolding collapses on the building site, killing one worker and leaving another seriously injured.

    The new Wembley Stadium
    Wembley was scheduled to host the FA Cup final on 13 May

  • 23 August 2004: Builders on the site strike after 200 men are sacked in a dispute over working hours and breaks.

  • 14 August 2005: The FA confirms that it has booked Cardiff's Millennium Stadium as a back-up venue for the 2006 FA Cup final in case Wembley is not ready.

  • 18 August 2005: Multiplex posts "very disappointing" profit figures, with the construction division of the company showing full-year losses of 26.1m, compared to 30.8m profits in 2004.

    The Australian company says new risk control measures have been introduced and its only loss-making project is Wembley.

  • 19 August 2005: The Guardian reports that under the terms of its contract, Multiplex must pay a penalty of 120,000 for every day the project is delayed beyond its handover date, with a maximum payment of 14m.

  • 14 October 2005: Wembley Stadium reveals 9,000 seats for the new stadium - 300m-worth over the next 10 years - have already been sold.

  • 8 December 2005: Football League chairman Brian Mawhinney predicts that the league play-offs finals, which are due to take place at Wembley after the FA Cup final, will instead by played in Cardiff.

  • 19 December 2005: Multiplex warns there is a "material risk" the stadium will not be finished for the 2006 FA Cup final, and that it is facing losses of up to 70m on the project.

  • 21 December 2005: London mayor Ken Livingstone expresses doubts the stadium will be ready in time for the FA Cup final.

  • 3 January 2006: After a dispute, work starts on the main pedestrian walkway to the stadium. It is due to take 13 weeks.

  • 13 January 2006: Multiplex says the wrong type of concrete has been used in the foundations, delaying construction.

  • 30 January 2006: Multiplex's UK managing director admits there is only a 70% chance that the stadium will be ready for the FA Cup final in May.

    The firm is committed to handing over the stadium on 31 March, but there are still risks which could affect finishing on time.

  • 20 February 2006: Multiplex tells the Australian stock exchange that the FA is about to confirm that Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, not Wembley, will host the 2006 FA Cup final.

  • 31 March 2006: FA confirms all matches scheduled to be played at Wembley this year will have to be switched to alternative venues.

  • 12 June 2006: The first strips of turf are laid at the new stadium.

  • 3 July 2006: Multiplex says construction work will not finished until after September.

  • 1 Aug 2006: Multiplex reveals completion of the stadium could be delayed until June 2007.

  • 19 Oct 2006: The FA, Wembley National Stadium Limited and Multiplex settle all disputes regarding the national stadium.

    The agreement means the stadium should be ready for next year's FA Cup final.



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