Date:Tuesday May 18 2010
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."
Date:Tuesday May 18 2010
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