Mr Smith told the designers to go back to the drawing board. There will be a "thorough analysis of the process of decision-making by all parties up to this point". Not only will the development be delayed, it is doubtful whether Wembley will ever truly be a national stadium, rather than Britain's biggest football ground. The stadium has consistently been promoted by its owner, Wembley National Stadium Ltd (WNSL), as a potential site for the Olympic Games and has received pounds 120m in Lottery funding on that basis. WNSL stressed that the arena could be converted from a 90,000-seat football ground into an 80,000-seat Olympic stadium.
The report, by the US-based experts Ellerbe Becket, concludes: "This stadium ... cannot readily provide the central venue for an Olympic Games."
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