• Short Summary

    Final preparations were made today (Sunday) at the Empire Stadium in London for the World Cup, which kicks off tomorrow night.
    100,000 people will stream to the stadium in suburban Wembley for the opening by Queen Elizabeth.

  • Description

    Final preparations were made today (Sunday) at the Empire Stadium in London for the World Cup, which kicks off tomorrow night.
    100,000 people will stream to the stadium in suburban Wembley for the opening by Queen Elizabeth. It will be the climax to five years of intensive work to have the arena ready for the most coveted trophy in the Soccer world.
    After the opening will come the first match of the three-week tournament - between England and Uruguay. Today the sidelines were marked out and the goalposts given a final coat of paint. Eight men have been engaged full-time to ensure the turf is in perfect trim. the grass has been fertilised three times this year and today it even got a washing. Nine matches will be played at Wembley, including the final.
    There is room for 100,000 spectators -- all under cover -- and most seats have been sold. Which means Wembley can expect nearly a million visitors to its biggest international sporting event since 1948 Olympic Games.
    Hundreds of Chrysanthemums will surround the royal box, from which the Queen will watch the opening challenge for the Jules Rimet Trophy. suspended above the royal box is the Press room, where 250 telephone lines have been installed to fed the news to newspaper readers throughout the world. And massive television coverage will bring the matches between the 16 finalists into millions of homes all over the world. An estimated 400-million viewers will see the final on July 30 either 'live' or through recordings.
    And, finally, a trip on the eve of the opening from bookmakers: Brazil two to one (2/1) favourites to win the World Cup for the third year running.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA38OXC33GKFBTW07YVPTR91RC3
    Media URN:
    VLVA38OXC33GKFBTW07YVPTR91RC3
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/07/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:55:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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