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Turf Moor Undergoes Premier League Facelift

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13:19 17th June 2014

Turf Moor is currently undergoing a major facelift in preparation for the 2014/15 Premier League season.

There are currently around 150 projects of varying sizes taking place in and around the club to improve facilities for the players, supporters and, in some cases, meet stringent Premier League requirements.

One of the biggest visual changes sees the demolition and relocation of the player’s tunnel, which is being moved to the corner of the David Fishwick and James Hargreaves stands.

Tunnel demolition 2

The old tunnel, which has been part of the David Fishwick (Cricket Field) stand since its completion in 1969 and has been used by legends of the game, is being covered over for seating.

Tunnel rebuild
The old players' tunnel being covered for seating....

Deakin Orient Game Tunnel
Ray Deakin leads the Clarets out for the famous 'Orient Game' in 1987.

Coates Tunnel World Cup call
Ralph Coates emerges from the tunnel to a standing ovation after his call-up to the 1970 World Cup squad in Mexico.

Tunnel Manchester United game
The players emerge from the tunnel for Burnley's first ever Premier League game at Turf Moor, against Manchester United, in August 2009

New Tunnel dig
The base of the new players' tunnel is being excavated at Turf Moor in June 2014.

Access Control will be used for the first time and turnstiles are currently being prepared for electronic access for all supporters. 
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David Fishwick Stand Access Control
The visitors' entrance to the David Fishwick Stand under construction

The press box at Turf Moor is being expanded to accommodate the world’s media, with a new 19m gantry replacing the existing 9m platform at the rear of the James Hargreaves Stand.

As a result a new overseas broadcasters’ area is being built in block four, along with a revamped press and radio broadcasters’ box in blocks six and seven.

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 television cameras and overseas broadcasters.

To facilitate the television cameras, Turf Moor is currently being hard-wired to allow broadcasters to ‘plug-in’ from the outside broadcasters compound and eliminate cabling the whole stadium each weekend.

Goalline technology in the form of 'Hawkeye', the Premier League's chosen system, is being installed, with cameras in all four stands relaying crucial incidents directly to the referee.

And finally, two television studios are being converted from the existing corporate and University facilities.

There are many other changes taking place and we'll have a further update later this summer.

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