Burnley Football Club has finalised plans to develop its stadium, Turf Moor, and provide better facilities for disabled supporters under the Accessible Stadium Guide (ASG).
The work takes the spending on infrastructure at the club to around £20m in the past two years and will bring the club in line with Accessible Stadium Guide regulations, which outline minimum requirements at all Premier League grounds.
The club has been given until August 2018 to comply with improved disabled access provisions that include dedicated, covered viewing platforms and new toilet facilities.
Turf Moor will therefore undergo major changes from January, 2018, to provide a number of elevated platforms for wheelchair access.
Work to construct the new viewing platforms is expected to take approximately six months.
Stadium and operations manager Doug Metcalfe said: “This is a significant part of our stadium development and is all about providing the right facilities for our disabled supporters here at Turf Moor.
“Back in 2015, the Premier League made a commitment that all their member clubs would be compliant to the ASG requirements and our commitment is August, 2018.
“Within 12 months, we will therefore have a stadium that meets those requirements.
“It’s been well documented that our disabled supporter facilities could be better, and we need to provide a view and an environment that is equivalent to the general seating within the stadium.
“We are at the end of a design stage now and in both corners of the ground, at either end of the Jimmy McIlroy stand, we are looking at different platform levels, where supporters can enjoy a great view in sheltered surroundings, with easy access, a concession facilities and toilets.
“It’s a large and challenging project and this is not about cost, but about doing the right thing. We have embraced this step change and look forward to getting going in the new year, with a six-to-seven month build time.”