Exciting and ambitious plans to change the face of Burnley Football Club’s ground Turf Moor and the surrounding area with millions of pounds of investment, including the building of the UK’s first football university, have been unveiled by the Premier League club’s bosses.
The massive ground-breaking proposals, which could see the football club link up with Liverpool John Moores University to make Burnley a world centre of excellence for the study of football finance, sponsorship, stadium design and catering, were revealed to the Prince of Wales in a private meeting with club officials during a recent visit.
Under the scheme, dubbed the Premier Plan, the new university, the second planned for Burnley following the opening of UCLan last year, would be based on the site of Burnley Cricket Club.
Student accommodation as well as restaurants and an entertainment complex would be based at the Weavers’ Triangle, while the Straight Mile, along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and part of Yorkshire Street, would be regenerated and made into a pedestrian walkway to improve the route for students walking to and from the university.
Turf Moor’s David Fishwick Cricket Field Stand would also be redeveloped into a StadiArena “entertainment hub” with capacity for 1,500 to be used as an indoor venue for rock concerts, exhibitions and large private functions.
Football club chief executive Mr Paul Fletcher MBE, who is spearheading the project, said the redevelopment, expected to take between two and three years, would be “a blueprint for a new Burnley”.
Source: Burnley FC