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|Face Lift Unveiled for Wembley Arena
- More seats and 1930s design set for 2006 opening
WEMBLEY ARENA'S capacity is to rise from 14,000 to 17,000 after a redevelopment that will also see the concert venue feature 1930s design motifs.
"It's the centrepiece to a massive redevelopment of the area," said a Wembley Arena spokesperson. "We'll be reclaiming a lot of the original 1930s architecture."
The Arena will have its main entrance switched from one side to the other so that it can face a new pedestrian thoroughfare that is planned to wend its way through the whole Wembley redevelopment including the new sports stadium.
Work on the new-look Wembley arena is due to start early next year and to be completed by early 2006, at a cost of UKP30 million.
Dr al-Qaradawi is reported to have controversial views on gay and women's rights and Israel, but Livingstone is prepared to defend his right to hold meetings with those whose views he does not share.
"It's a 70-year-old building that needs a lot of money spending on it, both in terms of basic comforts like heating, through to lifts for disabled people and new seats," said the spokesperson.