Burnley Football Club is planning a number of significant changes at Turf Moor this summer, in order to meet stringent Premier League Requirements.
The players’ tunnel will be relocated to the corner of the stadium between the James Hargreaves and David Fishwick Stands.
This will mean the teams now emerge in front of home supporters instead of visiting fans.
The club has looked into the possibility of housing Burnley fans in the David Fishwick Stand and this was discussed in depth by the Board. However, after much debate, this stand will now be used exclusively for visiting supporters next season.
The Board scrutinised the numbers and feel this would dissipate the home support.
The Board also feel it would be more beneficial to a good atmosphere inside Turf Moor to concentrate home supporters in the existing three stands.
Other necessary changes include a new, wider television gantry measuring 19 metres in length, which will effectively utilise the space currently occupied by the press box.
A new press box will therefore be required in block four of the James Hargreaves Stand (upper tier), and the supporters who had renewed season tickets in the back three rows have been informed of this and offered alternative seating.
The club is also seeking structural approval for a second, necessary gantry, to be situated in the void between the upper and lower tiers of the James Hargreaves Stand.
This is required to house 3D cameras and overseas broadcasters, and has been chosen to avoid the need to relocate more supporters from the James Hargreaves Upper.
We do not believe this new gantry will impact on the view from fans at the front of the James Hargreaves Upper tier, or in corporate areas.