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Massive steel elements fabricated by Hollandia to form the sliding roof at the new Wembley Stadium are ready to be craned into place. Once in position, the roofing elements will be connected to the stadium's landmark arch which helps to support them. The roofing elements, which are temporarily being propped with metal towers, will be 'depropped' in early to mid October. It is hoped the project will be finished in time for the FA Cup Final next May but it emerged this week that the FA has confirmed the booking of Cardiff Millennium Stadium for Cup Final day just in case Wembley main contractor Multiplex misses its completion deadline.

MEANWHILE- across north London, Arsenal celebrated the topping out of its new stadium with a football match between the club's directors and staff from contractor Sir Robert McAlpine on specially created mini pitch inside the ground. The new ground is on schedule to host its first competitive match in 12 months time.

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