News :: The Colosseum of its age, will be ready for 07 Final.
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A deal has been signed which could mean the 2007 FA Cup Final is played at Wembley - seven years after the old stadium was pulled down.
Sky News correspondent Ian Dovaston said the deal between the builders Multiplex and the Football Association avoids a damaging court case.
A joint statement by Multiplex and the FA falls short of promising that Wembley will be ready for next May's showpiece final.
That is because the stadium has to host a series of preparatory events before health and safety officials will give the go-ahead for the Cup Final.
Under the deal, it is understood that the FA's chief executive Brian Barwick has hammered out a deal to pay the builders a further £34m.
That agreement should ensure the stadium is now completed without further delay - more than a year after the original schedule.
It means the total project cost is now around a massive £800m.
The FA were keen to avoid potentially damaging and costly litigation, further delaying work on the stadium.
An insider at the FA headquarters in Soho Square told Dovaston a long court battle "could have cost more, with no guarantee of winning and would have meant delays".
The physical structure is complete and workers are now focussing on management, safety and security systems.
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