Opinion: Wembley Stadium - An expensive luxury we could do without
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£600 million. That's how much business tycoon Shahid Khan was prepared to pay to take Wembley off the FA's hands. However, last week talks broke down and now it seems the FA are stuck with what was once considered the national treasure, begging the question, do England and the FA actually need a national stadium? The new Wembley opened over 10 years ago, after a major project costing almost £800 million (£1.09 billion in today's money) and lasting over seven years. It has hosted the majority of England games since and all major domestic cup finals and even FA Cup semi-finals. The FA have also profited by hosting two Champions League finals. Khan's offer may not have recouped what the FA actually paid in building costs but, should the sale have gone through it would be safe to assume that in terms of profit Wembley would have been a success through the games it hosted. If we are to go back in time, did Wembley even need rebuilding? Do we actaully need a national stadium? In the seven years between the old Wembley being knocked down and the new one being rebuilt England toured the country, mainly playing at Old Trafford however, other stadiums were also used whilst the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff was used for major cup finals, why can't we go back to that?
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