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haven't really been paying close attention to this topic, but will the new Wembley be an all-weather facility, with a retractable roof?

"One of the key challenges of the design team was to keep the famously high standard of the Wembley pitch while, at the same time, designing a stadium with stands that are higher and closer to the pitch than the original stadium and give better uninterrupted views.

Many new stadia have suffered from poor pitches as the stands in the stadia can leave large sections of the pitch in almost permanent shadow. Grass demands direct sunlight to grow effectively.

For this reason, the sliding roof remains an integral part of the design for the new Wembley. Options such as a palletised pitch (moving a patchwork pitch in and out of the Stadium between events) or regularly re-laying the pitch were rejected as inappropriate for Wembley.

Instead, computer models have been made of air movement and sunlight on the existing pitch and the unique moving roof designed for the new Stadium.

This will be left open between events but can be moved to line up with the touchline within 15 minutes, ensuring every spectator is sheltered during an event.

A further bonus is an improved TV image for fans watching at home. In bright sunlight the roof can be withdrawn to allow clear TV pictures uninterrupted by heavy shadows on the pitch.

At 3pm on Cup Final day, for instance, only the two southern corner flags will be in shadow."

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The first strips of turf have been laid at Wembley, moving the £757m stadium beset by delays and complications a step closer to completion.

It will take a week to lay the pitch, which was grown at a secret location in Lincolnshire during construction.

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The first strips of turf have been laid at Wembley, moving the £757m stadium beset by delays and complications a step closer to completion.

It will take a week to lay the pitch, which was grown at a secret location in Lincolnshire during construction.

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BBC LINK

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very good progress is being made lol

it will be a stunning stadium once it is completed

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<font color='#000000'>The outside looks like a retail park :oo:</font>

The area aroudn Wembley will be developed once the stadium has been completed. This is how it will look:

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I can garuntee that if the blocks next to the Stadium are flats, the people who move into them will complain about the noise.

Idiots.

No they're all going to be offices and leisure/hotels..... we have a planning system in this country which does work from time to time! :o I speak as a planner myself. ;)

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THE PITCH IS DOWN

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Wembley's lush green turf has now been fully laid inside the state of the art new National Stadium. This symbolic step in the construction of the new stadium comes as England prepare to face Sweden in the last group game of The World Cup Finals in Germany.

The new Wembley is set to be the greatest stadium in the world and following in the tradition of the old, its playing surface will be it's centre piece. The laying of the turf took place over one week and in total more than 10,000m square of turf was used to create the new playing surface. The process was culminated this weekend with the all important 'first mow' which was carried out inside the stadium on Saturday afternoon.

During the construction of the stadium, the high-spec playing surface has been growing off-site at a secret location. The first batches of turf were harvested last Monday and arrived at the stadium in giant rolls measuring between 12m-16m long and 1.2m wide, transported in 25 lorry loads. The latest technology has been used to produce a top quality playing surface for the new National Stadium. The fibre sand pitch is made up of an underlying web of heating and drainage pipes plus 22,161 tonnes of crushed stone, gravel, grit, sand and a sand/soil and fibre blend. The grasses used for the turf have been selected from 250 different varieties with each square metre of turf containing 150,000 to 200,000 leaf blades.

Now that the turf is in place, the unique design of the partially retractable roof will be crucial in helping to maintain the world-class pitch that Wembley Stadium has always been famous for. The roof will be left open between events to allow Wembley's turf to be exposed to direct sunlight and ventilation, but can be moved to line up with the touchline to ensure that all spectators are fully sheltered during an event.

Once the stadium is complete, Grounds Manager Steve Welch will become the guardian of the Wembley turf. Steve will be responsible for keeping the turf in mint condition for the Stadium's prestigious line-up of events including The FA Cup Final and Semi-Finals, all home Senior England Internationals and the Rugby League Challenge Cup Final.

Steve said: "The turf going down is a very important milestone for the stadium and I'm very excited about it. A lot of energy and planning has gone into ensuring that Wembley's pitch is second to none – from the quality of the pitch construction, the spec of the turf to the design of the stadium bowl – all of which will help ensure that the playing surface is as good if not better than the famous Wembley turf of old."

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Why didn't they kept more of the specific oval shape in the new stadium. It's not New Wembley, it's a whole different stadium. It's not a bvad stadium, but it's not Wembley

I agree keeping the twin towers should have been a priority.

You just have to look at the Berlin Olympic stadium to see how important the retention of original futures is.

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Why didn't they kept more of the specific oval shape in the new stadium. It's not New Wembley, it's a whole different stadium. It's not a bvad stadium, but it's not Wembley

The seats are now much closer to the pitch, which is a much better thing. In your opinion, should the designers also have kept the tiny amount of legroom, insufficient toilets, and small seats? Then it really would be like the Wembley of old.

This stadium has taken the best of the Old Wembley (the Royal box, the acoustics will be pretty similar etc.) and eliminated all the problems. It's looking magnificent.

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OH MY GOD! The illustrated pictures were impressive, but it just looks fantastic now it's almost finished.

The Challenge Cup Final next season is going to be something very, very special.

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No they're all going to be offices and leisure/hotels..... we have a planning system in this country which does work from time to time! :o I speak as a planner myself. ;)

There needs to be something round Wembley of that ilk. The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff certainly benefits from being right in the city centre and close to all the bars and hotels.

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