Aston Villa Football Club pulls out of hosting Olympic matches

Aston Villa Football Club has pulled out of hosting Olympic matches at its Villa Park stadium

Villa Park, home of Aston Villa Football Club in Birmingham, will no longer be used as one of London 2012's venues for the preliminary rounds in the Olympic football tournament.

The club is considering plans for major development work at Villa Park over the next few years.

While these plans are being developed, the club is unable to commit fully to hosting matches as part of the London 2012 Olympic football competition. 

Other options for hosting the football events in the Midlands are now being investigated.

The other stadia signed up to host matches are:

Hampden Park, Glasgow Recently completed a £70m refurbishment and is now rated as a five-star venue by UEFA, the governing body of European Football.

Millennium Stadium, Cardiff With 74,600 seats and a retractable roof, the Millennium Stadium has hosted events including the FA Cup finals and the 1999 Rugby World Cup Final.

Old Trafford, Manchester It first opened in 1910 and recently expanded to 76,000 seats. It is the second largest football ground in the UK.

St James' Park, Newcastle 52,000 seats, the club hosted a record attendance match Newcastle United v Chelsea in 1930 with 68,386 people.

Wembley Stadium, London It seats 90,000 and comes complete with sliding roof to protect against bad weather. The new stadium's arch soars over 130m into the sky, more than four times the height of the towers of the old Wembley Stadium.

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