Contractors at Wembley Stadium were this week ripping out hundreds of sun faded seats for a second time, despite the fact that the venue has not officially opened.
The stadium finally got the go-ahead to stage this year's FA Cup final last month after two successful test events. But stadium owner Wembley National Stadium Limited (WNSL) faces the embarrassment of having to replace more than 1,000 executive seats ahead of the 19 May showpiece event.Visitors taking guided tours of the ground last week saw workmen ripping out hundreds of faded red seats from the second tier and jettisoning them down yellow rubbish chutes into pitch side skips.A WNSL spokesman admitted that 'small areas of seats are being replaced because they have started to fade'.It is not the first time that seats have been torn out at Wembley. Last June stadium contractor Multiplex admitted that it had to replace 5,000 because they faded in the sun. It blamed the problem on the red dye used by seat manufacturer Pel Stadium Seating, which went into administration with 20,000 of Wembley's 90,000 seats still to be installed. Multiplex bought the remaining seats and used its own labour to install them.