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Club Confirm Changes To The David Fishwick Stand

Vital Burnley indicated in an article this week that the Club were considering closing the Fishwick (Cricket Field) Stand at Turf Moor for home fans due to low numbers of interest from Season Ticket holders:

Home Fans Kissing Goodbye to the Cricket Field?

Burnley Football Club have since contacted Vital Burnley and have now confirmed that the Cricket Field Stand will not indeed be used by home supporters next season.

According to the club, the six-figure cost of policing a smaller number of home fans alongside away supporters in the Championship means the policy is no longer viable.

Supporters who have renewed season tickets at that end of the ground will be relocated elsewhere at no extra cost.

Clarets`Chief Executive, Paul Fletcher said:

"We apologise that it has taken so long to come to a decision but we needed to know how many supporters in that stand wished to renew their tickets. The number is approximately 275.

"Last season it was a difficult decision to consider offering a portion of the David Fishwick Stand to home supporters as the police would only allow season ticket holders, not match-by-match supporters, into this stand.

"The cost to Burnley Football Club was over 100,000 but this was justified by the fantastic take-up of seats and the volume of noise made by those home supporters."

Fletcher added: "Obviously this season is much different and the 100,000 cost for less than 300 supporters, when there are vacant seats in other parts of the stadium, is not economical.

"We are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused but all supporters concerned should please call in at the ticket office to relocate your seating position as soon as possible."




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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday May 18 2010

Time: 3:05PM

Your Comments

I hadn't appreciated the Police had prevented walk-ons from using the CF stand. Not sure I know why?
turfmanphil
Presumably because, in the event of trouble, they would be able to identify season-ticket holders (and/or those they loaned their tickets to) but not walk-ons? But presumably they could have allowed sales to people buying in advance by credit card... but then we might not have sat in our allocated seats!!!
Couch Potato
A lot of match-by-match fans though would have had to apply for that Special membership thingy to get the cut-price tickets so would have been known to them anyway? I suggest the Police wanted an easy life to be honest,I am sure there woud have been ways round that
turfmanphil
I think this is probably the best decision all round to be honest.
Claretdale
Common sense decision - though still think the game loses something when you have a stand that is more or less empty. Frankly, though it holds memories for many of us of a certain vintage, it is probably time to think about demolishing the CFS now and turning it into something a bit more user friendly.
RickersTwickers
 

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