Burnley FC Stadium and Operations Manager Doug Metcalfe is supervising building work that has now commenced to transform the club’s Barnfield Training Centre into a £10.6m state-of-the-art facility. Following a naming rights sponsorship deal, Barnfield Construction Limited are building a dedicated new training centre to bring first class facilities for the first team, development squad and youth team players under one roof for the first time. Metcalfe said:
It’s great news to finally be on site and we can start to see some progress, as it has been a long time in the making.
We have spent four or five years developing plans for the training ground to move the club forward, and it won’t be long now before the site starts to take shape and we can begin to visualise the end result.
We will hopefully be all completed in 12-14 months’ time, and when the players come back for pre-season in 2017, they will walk into a brand-new training facility.
Team manager Sean Dyche added:
I understand as the manager we need to make sure things are right on the pitch, but there is a bigger picture to the club. This is a massive part of that and it’s a very exciting time for the club!
Olympic Stadium groundshare
With Tottenham and Chelsea both looking for suitable temporary accommodation, it’s emerged that the Olympic Stadium could provide a ground share. LLDC chief Geraldine Murphy told a tribunal that West Ham do not have the power to veto a groundshare and that it remains “possible”. The LLDC is appealing against revealing full terms of its contract with West Ham. West Ham is happy to make the contract public.
Irish football stadium moves
The Irish Times reports that Dundalk appear to be edging towards a move away from the club’s home at Oriel Park, with the FAI confirming that it has lobbied Louth County Council to support the construction of a new stadium by the club.
Oriel Park’s facilities, including its artificial pitch, are showing their age. The FAI’s director of club licensing and facility development, Richard Fahey, met Louth County Council’s director of services towards the end of 2015 to solicit the local authority’s support for building a new stadium.
Other instances of lobbying confirmed by the association are: land for construction of a new stadium for Drogheda United, with the sale of United Park to the neighbouring Lourdes hospital a key part of the plan; and the purchase and redevelopment of Dalymount Park by Dublin City Council.