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Last Updated: Tuesday, 21 February 2006, 08:40 GMT
Wembley Stadium photos

Construction work continues in and around Wembley stadium

As Wembley is dropped as the venue for the 2006 FA Cup final we track the marathon build from the early stages

A workman welds a section of arch

February 2004: Finishing touches are applied to the the final steel sections of Wembley's 315 metre span arch

Huge cranes are moved into place in readiness to lift the arch into position

Huge cranes dominate the north London skyline in readiness for the arch to be lifted into position

The huge cranes are connected to the giant arch

The arch will stand 133 metres above the pitch and will support all the weight of the north roof

Cranes continue to lift the arch into position

Raising the landmark arch to its full height will take from four to six weeks and it will eventually be visible across London

The sun rises over Wembley's construction site

The sun rises over Wembley's construction site in north London with the lifting process well underway

The arch is illuminated

The 1,750 tonne structure is now fully raised and is illuminated to celebrate England's progress in Euro 2004

The glowing arch can be seen from across London

The glowing arch will become a familiar sight to England's players and fans when the stadium finally opens

The new Wembley in spring 2005

The lengthy building process continues in the spring of 2005 with many experts still unsure if it will be completed on time

The foundations of the playing surface are prepared

The foundations of the playing surface are laid in January 2006 with Multiplex's deadline extended to the end of March

Wembley stadium pictured in February 2006

After endless speculation about the delayed construction, Multiplex reveal Wembley will not host the 2006 FA Cup final

Wembley rises from the rubble
30 Sep 03 |  Photo Galleries

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