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Serious doubts about the use of the UK's new Wembley stadium for athletics, and particularly the Olympics, prompted Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Chris Smith to throw the design proposal back at the design team in November. A special report published by US consultant DLA Ellerbe Becket said sightlines would be poor for many spectators and seating inadequate when Wembley was converted to accommodate athletics. In a statement to the House of Commons, Smith also said the work necessary for the Olympic athletic conversion would keep football out of the stadium for too long and that the stadium alignment was unsuitable for track and field events. The report, which analyses Sir Norman Foster's recent design for a new stadium in detail, was commissioned following British Olympic Association expressed doubts that design changes met the needs of the UK's planned bid to host the Olympics. The new design features a 153m high steel lattice arch over the length of the stadium to support the roof.

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