Date:Monday June 30 2014
With Burnley preparing for their new life in the top flight next season following their automation promotion a number of changes are underway behind the scenes to bring the ground up to scratch both inside and out. As previously reported by Vital Burnley, the tunnel is being moved from the middle of the David Fishwick Stand, to the corner of that stand and the James Hargreaves Stand. The current tunnel in operation since 1969 will be covered over for seating so that the whole of the David Fishwick Stand can be given over to away fans.
With the world`s media giving Premier League Burnley more attention next season, the press box is also being expanded, to accommodate more of them. There will be an overseas broadcasters` area in block four, while two television studies are being converted from the corporate and University College of Football Business (UCFB) facilities. A third, slung, low-level gantry is being installed in the void between the upper and lower tiers of the James Hargreaves Stand for use by 3D TV cameras and overseas broadcasters. 'Hawkeye` the Premier League's chosen Goalline technology system will also be installed , with cameras in all four stands relaying incidents directly to the referee to avoid any controversial decisions over whether the ball has crossed the line or not.
Last week though the club announced major new redevelopment plans for outside the ground.
Plans have been unveiled to build a new museum and club shop in a scheme which is said to be worth more than £1million. New offices, ticket office and hospitality space at the ground off Harry Potts Way is also part of the redevelopment. It is proposed to demolish the current building which houses the club offices, ticket office and Clarets shop and replace this with a new 4,500 sq ft ground floor retail space facility. New suspended first floor offices and hospitality areas between the current hospitality lounges in the Bob Lord Stand and the existing offices above the ticket office and Clarets store would also be created. The new matchday ticket office would be located on the ground floor with the new museum on the first floor. Plans have now been lodged with Burnley Council but the club have confirmed that at the moment there is no timescale for work to take place. The scheme though has been welcomed by fans groups (including Clarets Trust) and council chiefs who believe it will enhance the look of the ground and surrounding areas.
Peter Pike, chairman of the Clarets Trust, said:
"I think the plans make better use of the space available and will make it look more attractive than what went up in the 1960s.
"This side of the ground is what people tend to see and it is important that it looks good. From the picture it looks very modern and will present a good image of the club and the ground."
Mr. Pike also commented on the proposed new museum which will house artefacts, trophies and memorabilia, much of which is currently out of sight and locked away in storage.
'The club has been around for over 130 years and it has been on that site since 1883. During that time they have collected a lot of memorabilia.
"At the moment things like that are either stored away or in different places around the ground. I think a lot of people would be interested in looking round a museum with everything under one roof."
Date:Monday June 30 2014
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