March 10, 2007 / 2:21 PM / 10 years ago

Soccer-FA handed keys to new Wembley Stadium

LONDON, March 10 (Reuters) - England's Football Association has taken possession of the new Wembley Stadium, a major step towards its official inauguration and the hosting on May 19 of the FA Cup final.

The FA said on its official Web site ( that the construction firm Multiplex had handed over the keys to the 750 million pound ($1.45 billion), 90,000-seat stadium on Friday.

"(It is) a significant step towards staging this year's FA Cup final and opening the new Wembley Stadium," FA chief executive Brian Barwick said in a statement on the Web site.

This can be confirmed only after test events, mainly to test security installations, including the first football match in the new stadium an under-21 friendly international between England and Italy on March 24.

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