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Change of seating in two Turf Moor stands in summer shake-up

31 May 2019

Part of Turf Moor is undergoing a summer facelift as it’s all change in the Cricket Field Stand.

The wooden seats in the visiting section of the stand are being replaced with plastic seating.

And, as a result, the home section is being marginally extended to accommodate more Clarets’ fans in that part of the ground.

In addition, the plastic seats in the lower tier of the James Hargreaves Stand are being replaced with new ones.

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And as well as completing the multi-million-pound re-development of the north and south-east corners at Turf Moor, the existing ticket office on Harry Potts Way is being reconfigured.

“We don’t make seismic changes to the ground and we are aware of the tradition and unique atmosphere at Turf Moor, which we are keen to maintain and use to our advantage,” said Stadium and Operations Manager Doug Metcalfe.

“But we always listen to supporters to understand what they want and hopefully they are seeing, year-on-year, improvements to Turf Moor to upgrade facilities and enhance their match-day experience.

“The work this summer is another example of that as we look to invest in Turf Moor, while keeping the qualities that make it special to us.”

The changes in the visiting section are largely a legacy of the Clarets’ campaign in the Europa League.

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Following their ground visit to assess facilities last summer, UEFA stipulated that the wooden seats in the Cricket Field Stand had to be replaced by plastic seating.

The Clarets managed to obtain dispensation for the qualifying rounds but made contingency plans for possible qualification for the group stages of the competition.

An order for 2,400 plastic seats had to be made and they are now being used in the away section and to up-date the lower section of the James Hargreaves Stand for home supporters.

A reconfiguring of the seating in the Cricket Field Stand will also add slightly to Turf Moor’s capacity, and allow the addition of some more of the larger wooden seats in an expanded home section.

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