In response to supporter queries about the date and stadium utilisation for the FA Cup third round tie v Spurs at Turf Moor, on Monday, January 5, 2015, Burnley Football Club can confirm that the following factors were considered.
CEO Lee Hoos said: “Firstly, we had to have everything booked in early from a health and safety point of view, in order to make sure we had adequate resources and the Police could plan their working hours.
"More importantly, there are a lot of fixtures over the Christmas and New Year period and to maximise player recovery time, Monday is an optimal day to play.
"We are sure that the long-term goal shared by all fans is to have a full squad capable of being competitive in all competitions.
"Finally, with regard to the Family Stand closure, this is based purely on the historical lack of demand for tickets for cup matches in the early stages of competitions.
"If supporters purchase enough tickets to indicate there is a demand for opening additional stands for this game, we will happily open the stand.”