Wembley ticket holders' anxious wait

THOUSANDS of Suffolk music fans have today been warned not to expect to be the first people to see gigs at the new Wembley Stadium.As the Football Association is due to announce the £757million stadium will not open until next year, ticket-holders for Bon Jovi, Take That, the Rolling Stones and Robbie Williams concerts have been left in limbo.

THOUSANDS of Suffolk music fans have today been warned not to expect to be the first people to see gigs at the new Wembley Stadium.

As the Football Association is due to announce the £757million stadium will not open until next year, ticket-holders for Bon Jovi, Take That, the Rolling Stones and Robbie Williams concerts have been left in limbo.

US rockers Bon Jovi - who were due to launch the stadium as a music venue on June 10 and 11 - will now play at the Milton Keynes Bowl. A similar arrangement is thought to have been made for the Robbie Williams concert.

A statement on the Bon Jovi website said: “After contact with Wembley it is evident that the Stadium will not be ready for the Bon Jovi shows in June.

“Therefore to ensure that Bon Jovi's fans are not disappointed, AEG Live (the tour organisers) and Bon Jovi have decided to move the shows to Milton Keynes.'”

Ticket Queen, a Diss-based agency, was due to take 2,000 people to the two Bon Jovi concerts but fans calling the company this morning were met with a dead telephone tone.

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No one from was Ticket Queen was today available for comment.

A spokesman for the Rolling Stones said their Wembley concerts at the end of August were still scheduled.

Wembley builders Multiplex said it was entitled to an extension under the terms of its contract in order to put the finishing touches to the project.

The FA now plans to pull the plug on two England Euro 2008 qualifiers, a friendly international and the Community Shield.

Construction has been beset by problems, including a partial roof collapse and issues with sewage pipes.

The FA has already announced that the FA Cup final on May 13, the match planned to be the first at the new stadium, will instead be played at Cardiff.

England's Euro 2008 qualifiers against Andorra on September 2, and Macedonia on October 7, as well as an England friendly on August 16, will now probably be played at Old Trafford. Cardiff is likely to host the Community Shield.

It means that the first match likely to be played at the new Wembley is now going to be England's friendly against as yet unconfirmed opposition in February.

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