A piece of Turf Moor history was reduced to rubble today, as the brick-built control room was demolished.
The former Police Box, situated in the corner of the stadium between the Bob Lord and Jimmy McIlroy Stands, has been torn down as part of the new Accessible Stadium plan to uplift facilities for disabled supporters.
A new control box will be incorporated into the new build, which despite encountering unexpected delays, is on course to be ready for the start of the 2018/19 Premier league season.
Stadium and Facilities manager, Doug Metcalfe, explained: “The control room has been with us for probably 50 years and has seen a lot of action.
“It also housed our PA room, before that moved to the corner of the Jimmy McIlroy Stand.
“But along with the growth of the club, it gradually transformed from the old Police Box to our matchday control room, with a lot of people working in there on a matchday that people don’t see.
“It all became very cramped and has reached the end of its life, as it’s pretty much unfit for purpose.
“So, it comes down with something of a heavy heart, as it’s part of our history.
“But the new one that replaces it will form part of our Accessible Stadium development and that will hopefully be ready for the start of the season.
“We are up against it at the moment, after incurring some difficulties getting out of the ground with the new disabled areas, but it will be a brand-new facility, built into the wrap around and sitting in an elevated position offering a good view.”
The control room is just one of several changes being made within the stadium ahead of the new season.
Tomorrow, we focus on the new away dressing room.