Burnley Football Club have previously announced a major Turf Moor Redevelopment project costing £30 million. As well as the ground being updated a football academy at the Gawthorpe training headquarters is also on the cards.
Development director and former Clarets player, Paul Fletcher believes the rewards the club will get by redeveloping Turf Moor rather than relocating will be far greater
‘My other projects with football grounds at the Ricoh at Coventry and the Reebok at Bolton seemed like great ideas at the time, said Fletcher
‘Now, I start to question them because you are moving football fans five miles out of town.
‘Football has always been a working class community sport and in years gone by the players themselves were working class.
‘I think a football club needs to be a part of the town and Turf Moor has always been the heartbeat of Burnley so to rebuild here, when we know it will help the town centre as well, is very rewarding.’
A full article by Paul Fletcher can be found on the Official Site giving an update on the status of the development
You can read this in full by clicking the link below:
Offical Site-Stadium Update:April 2008
It is also understood that last night the Club received the news that their planning application for the first phase of the redevelopment had been approved by the Council.
The first phase is the building of a New Players Block in the corner between the Jimmy Mac and James Hargreaves stands. This will be put out to tender soon.
Building is due to commence in the close season at a cost of £2.5 million and will be completed in time for the start of the 2009/10 season.
The three storey building will house office space, a media suite, a medical area and new players dressing rooms. Owen Coyle will also be able to look out of there from his new office!