BURNLEY CONSIDER STADIUM REDEVELOPMENTS

Premier League side Burnley have unveiled plans for a new ground redevelopment at their current home, Turf Moor which could also include the first University for football.

The project, known as the 'Premier Plan' is being lead by Burnley's chief Executive Paul Fletcher and will be supported by the the Prince's Charities and Burnley Borough Council.

Along with ground redevelopment, which will see the David Fishwick Stand transformed into a 'StadiArena', the adjacent Burnley Cricket ground will be developed into the country's very first 'Football University'.

“If you dare to dream, dream big,” Fletcher said. “And this is not just about Burnley Football Club, this is about the whole town of Burnley and potentially leaving a massive legacy brought on by promotion to the Premier League.”

Fletcher explained the vision and ambition behind the latest plans for redevelopment at Turf Moor.

“On the basis of one idea involving the building of a new stand at the football club, this could become a much bigger idea shared by all parties,” he added.

“The name of Burnley is now right around the world because of our standing in the biggest league in world football. Our games are beamed around the world and they all now know where we are.

“The trick now is getting people here. The university would do that and allow students from across the world to learn about every facet of the business side of the biggest sports industry in the world.

“Burnley Cricket Club are another important partner and the plans, which we have discussed with them, offer the chance to become self-sufficient at a brand new state-of-the-art facility.

“This really is a win-win situation for everyone. The cricket club gets a brand new ground and the opportunity to be a profitable club in a beautiful location.”

Posted on 08/02/2010