A CONFERENCE on stadium building planned for the new Wembley in June is now in doubt because organisers are unsure whether the north London venue will be finished in time.
The Stadia & Arena 2006 exhibition is scheduled to take place in the Great Hall at Wembley stadium on June 21 and 22.
But last week bosses from organiser Alad met up with officials from UK Trade & Investment, the Government body which is co-sponsoring the event, to discuss alternative dates if Wembley is not completed later this summer.
The company has pencilled in a fallback date for the third week in October after considering switching the exhibition to the new Arsenal football stadium at Ashburton Grove.
A spokesman said: 'The new Highbury came into the equation but we really want to hold it at Wembley.
We are sticking to June and aiming for that but we have to have a contingency, and that's October.' Any postponement of the conference would be a major embarrassment to owner Wembley National Stadium and its builder, Multiplex.
Stadium managers are due to fly in from all over the world to attend the fair and one of the planned highlights is a tour of Wembley.
The spokesman added: 'Everyone will want to have a nose around so we hope it's going to be finished.' Last year's event was held at the refurbished Olympic Park in Munich and previous exhibitions have been held at the San Siro stadium in Milan, and the Stade de Geneve, which hosted last November's football friendly between England and Argentina.
Promotional literature about this year's event says: 'Never has there been a more appropriate or timely setting than the new Wembley National Stadium in the build-up to the London Olympics in 2012.
'Stadia & Arena 2006 provides the perfect opportunity for visitors to view the stadium with its padded seating, spacious foyers, upgraded refreshment area and luxury suites.' A decision on whether to host the FA Cup Final at Wembley on May 13 is due to be announced later this month, following the conclusion of the competition's fifth round ties. Multiplex will unveil its interim results on February 23.