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THE giant steel arch, commissioned as the centre-piece for the new Wembley Stadium, is nearing its 439 foot summit.

The immense construction, which will dominate the London skyline, is expected to be finished later this month. When completed, it will illuminate the night sky for 13 miles around, changing colour with every goal scored, and become the new symbol for the £757 million, 90,000-seater national stadium.

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

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The glowing arch will become a familiar sight to England's players and fans when the stadium opens in early 2006

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I saw the arch for the first time the other day and whilst I admit to not having much time to look at it I was not very impressed at all!

It may well be wide enough to drive a train through but it still looks narrow and spindley and somehow less than it should.  Technically I can appreciate that it will holding a lot of weight etc but for me it just does not look imposing or remarkable.

As for dominating the Lodon skyline!  Well - I think it probably dominates the Wembley skyline - and you can probably see it from the London eye and other vantage points but it hardly dominates the sky!

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I saw the arch for the first time the other day and whilst I admit to not having much time to look at it I was not very impressed at all!

It may well be wide enough to drive a train through but it still looks narrow and spindley and somehow less than it should.  Technically I can appreciate that it will holding a lot of weight etc but for me it just does not look imposing or remarkable.

As for dominating the Lodon skyline!  Well - I think it probably dominates the Wembley skyline - and you can probably see it from the London eye and other vantage points but it hardly dominates the sky!

For large parts of London it does dominate the skyline, but definitely not the whole of it. All over North and West London it's clearly visible.

"You can drive a train through it" - tht's got to be the lamest statistic I've heard about the arch, no offence to you obviously. What about you could roll the London Eye under it? Much more impressive.

i have to disagree with you about the arch. I was worried it would be too thin, but I think it's great. I can see it from my road, and I live miles aay from Wembley. Not splindly at all! And at least it's not in Birmingham! Haha!

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I think we must be talking about a different stadium. I am not really bothered if it dominates the London skyline at all, any structure would be hard placed to do that, but I really disagree with you when you say it looks spindly.

The structure already looks great and the plans for when it is complete look stunning. The stadium is very costly but then again why shouldn't it be as it will be the home of English Football and that should be something we take the greatest pride in. I believe that this stadium will one of the finest looking stadiums in the world when finished and the best in the world for comfort of the fans. It is not often when so much attention is paid to fan comfort and facilities.

The stadium is still many many months away from completiton and it is already causing people to talk. I think this says something for what it is going to become.

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truely a magical stadium, to bad the pitch wasnt bigger, maybe it could have been the olympic stadium, the after the games returned back into a football arena. For me the new Wembley and maybe the new Allianz Arena are the two best FOOTBALL stadiums i have ever seen. London has finally got a true sporting landmark.
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This thread hasn't seen any updates in a while and a lot has happened....

A new article about the new Wembley

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"When Football's Coming Home became the anthem for Euro 96, it was precisely 10 years ahead of its time. We didn't know it then, but we do now. Home, in 1996, was Wembley. A crumbling old pile that was unworthy of the events it staged. In 2006, home will again be Wembley, a new arrival which already makes the old ground look like a bicycle shed."

"To stand here is to be convinced that Wembley will be regarded by historians as the first English cathedral of the 21st century."

"Below is the pitch area, the focus of 90,000 seats. Soaring 133 metres above it is the arch, the single feature which unlocked the ambition of faultless sightlines with reduced structure, and gave the building its unique character. The arch bears most of the weight of Wembley's twin roofs, so clearing the way for those unparalleled views of the pitch below. The arch carries a mighty 7,000 tons and the roofs cover 11 acres. The roof on the south side of the stadium will slide open to admit sunlight and air to the pitch. But Wembley is more than a football stadium. It will stage athletics, rock concerts and banqueting, so it also houses the four biggest restaurants in London."

""Wembley is a first in all kinds of ways. The new ground will be unique. At 90,000 all-seater capacity, it will be the largest stadium in the world which has a roof over every seat. And with its capacity for rock concerts and with its huge catering facilities it provides entertainment beyond any previous scale."

"It's the size which is the most extraordinary thing about Wembley, along with the arch. In terms of its floor area and facilities, this ground is going to be much, much bigger than anything, anywhere. And the arch . . . well, that just hits you in the heart. It has given me intense enthusiasm and passion. Once it was up, it gave the whole project an enormous boost. Seeing it there gave us all the enthusiasm to work the extra hours to solve the other problems as they came along."

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Big mistake !They have forgotten atheletics facilities !

Nice for football match !!!

AH,ah,ah,ah,ah,ah

IOC must organise a race on the arch:Coe claimed this"arch race" part of athletics competition !!!

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Big mistake !They have forgotten atheletics facilities !

Nice for football match !!!

AH,ah,ah,ah,ah,ah

IOC must organise a race on the arch:Coe claimed this"arch race" part of athletics competition !!!

As Blackadder famously said: I only didn't laugh out loud because I was afraid if I did, my head would've fallen off. :help:

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It would be interesting if England was o host another Rugby World Cup sometime in the next few decades.

Do you think the IRB would chose the larger, newer and simply better Wembley over the older, smaller yet more historic Twicks for the final?

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It would be interesting if England was o host another Rugby World Cup sometime in the next few decades.

Do you think the IRB would chose the larger, newer and simply better Wembley over the older, smaller yet more historic Twicks for the final?

That is a real thinker and I am not sure what the outcome would be. On one hand the die hard rugby fans will say it has to be Twickenham...the church of Rugby. I have to admit that I have only watched a game at Twickenham 4 times in my life but all have been amazing. I love the atmosphere of Twickenham. I think alot of it has to do with it being the rugby fans as opposed to football fans. Rugby has a much more civilised sort of fan where you can drink alcohol and not worry about fights and have a BBQ outisde before the game.

At the same time I think it would be hard to oppose New Wembley once it is built as it will be such a showpiece magnificent stadium. I am sure it would be capable of hosting but I think that many see it as the home of Football and not the home of Rugby. Personally, O would like to see the Rugby stay at Twickers.

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Twickenham is being extended to 82,000 capacity stadium. It will certainly be the RFU's first choice stadium, otherwise they wouldn't be spending more money upgrading it. I'm not sure how wealthy English rugby is, but it's certainly not in the same league as football in terms of finances, and the RFU wouldn't be throwing this money at the stadium unless they believe it will host high profile international events in the future.
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It would be interesting if England was o host another Rugby World Cup sometime in the next few decades.

Do you think the IRB would chose the larger, newer and simply better Wembley over the older, smaller yet more historic Twicks for the final?

Whilst it may be tempting for the RFU to consider Wembley (if they get the RWC any time soon, and remember that they aren't exactly first in the queue), you must consider the fact that they OWN Twickenham but would have to rent Wembley from the FA. Leaving aside tradition for a moment, would the extra 8,000 seats justify the rental cost? Add to that the reaction of Twickenham debenture ticket holders or those with expensive executive boxes .... I'd say they'd be mightily pissed off ... plus the reaction of the local council (What would happen the next time the RFU ask for permission to host a U2 concert in Twickers, after they moved the world cup final to another part of London?)

In short, tempting, but I can't see it happen

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Olympic bid rivals London and Paris are also going head to head for the right to host the 2007 Champions League final.

The Football Association are bidding to stage the final at the new Wembley stadium at the end of its first full season in operation, but the Stade de France is also being put up by the French federation as a possible venue.

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Olympic bid rivals London and Paris are also going head to head for the right to host the 2007 Champions League final.

The Football Association are bidding to stage the final at the new Wembley stadium at the end of its first full season in operation, but the Stade de France is also being put up by the French federation as a possible venue.

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Wow ... UEFA have got to be tempted by the charms of the new Wembley. In comparison, a return to Stade de France, which has already hosted at least one Champions League final would, at least to me, seem like a less appealing prospect.

Mind you, the Olympiastadion in Berlin is another stunning venue and might surprise both of the Olympic rivals.

Good to see Hampden, another of the London bid's proposed football venues, make a bid for the UEFA cup final. (Where are the Paris bid's other stadia? No bid from that glorious stadium in Lens?)

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It would be interesting if England was o host another Rugby World Cup sometime in the next few decades.

Do you think the IRB would chose the larger, newer and simply better Wembley over the older, smaller yet more historic Twicks for the final?

Not a chance.

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Olympic bid rivals London and Paris are also going head to head for the right to host the 2007 Champions League final.

The Football Association are bidding to stage the final at the new Wembley stadium at the end of its first full season in operation, but the Stade de France is also being put up by the French federation as a possible venue.

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england and france have bid for a lot of same event

france gets soccer world cup in 98 and rugby world for 2007

and i hope WOG in 2012 :D

but i can predict you than a island in europe will organize in the next two orv three decades this 3 sports events

(no it s not iceland,malta,cyprus or even iceland :D )

i don 't need to be clairvoyant or nostradamus to predict this,just a guy who thinks a country like uk deserve to host this events and with the experience from 2006 & 2007(&2012 bid :laughlong: ?)will bid with sucess

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It would be interesting if England was o host another Rugby World Cup sometime in the next few decades.

Do you think the IRB would chose the larger, newer and simply better Wembley over the older, smaller yet more historic Twicks for the final?

Whilst it may be tempting for the RFU to consider Wembley (if they get the RWC any time soon, and remember that they aren't exactly first in the queue), you must consider the fact that they OWN Twickenham but would have to rent Wembley from the FA. Leaving aside tradition for a moment, would the extra 8,000 seats justify the rental cost? Add to that the reaction of Twickenham debenture ticket holders or those with expensive executive boxes .... I'd say they'd be mightily pissed off ... plus the reaction of the local council (What would happen the next time the RFU ask for permission to host a U2 concert in Twickers, after they moved the world cup final to another part of London?)

In short, tempting, but I can't see it happen

I guess the same arguement could have been put foward in 2003.

If the MCG wasnt in redovelopment, would they have chosen the much larger 100,000 seat MCG over the newer but much smaller Telstra Stadium (80,000).

Yes Sydney is more of a rugby town then Melbourne is, and the pitch would suit Telstra more, but even if the final was in Melbourne, the seats would have sold just as well.

Who cares about Wembley and Twicks anyway (as harsh as that sounds).. Theres always Cardiff!

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The new Wembley stadium is due for completion 2006 and will host the Football finals only. Here are some stats:

1. With 90,000 seats the new Wembley will be the largest football stadium in the world with every seat under cover. There will be NO obstructed views.

Ah nope on that one - Estadio Azteca in Mexico City has over 110,000 seats - and while there is no roof as such, the awning does cover the whole seating area.  Obviously as the sun moves across the sky some seats are in direct sublight - but technically they are all covered.  

The new Wembley will be the largest fully enclosed stadium when the roof is closed - but there are at least 3 stadia in Latin America with higher seating capacity.

As for unobstructed views - hundreds of stadiums can claim this.

While it is an impressive stadium, the attached hyperbole is bullsh!t.

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