BURNLEY have undertaken a £4million refurbishment of Turf Moor and their Gawthorpe training base in preparation for the Premier League.
The Clarets have upgraded both dugouts with new seating, extended the press box and gantry, installed a new 3D gantry, refurbished seating in the away end, while at the training ground new pitches are in the process of being completed, along with other new facilities.
While manager Sean Dyche has been working on adding to his squad and strengthening for top flight football, he is mindful that some of the cash injection following promotion to the Premier League has had to be set aside for work behind the scenes.
“We've taken some big steps off the pitch. We had to change a lot of things,” he said.
"The ground’s been turned around very quickly. The cabling for the media alone is a massive job.
“There are new pitches at the training ground.
“A lot of work has been done but you can only do so much at one time.
“There are lots of things we wanted to put in place that we haven’t been able to, but we've added to it and hopefully that will enhance the chance of the group going further.”
Nelson firm REM, which specialises in designer furniture and equipment for the hair and beauty industry, has branched out to create bespoke seats for the dug-outs. And one of the first opposition managers to get to try out the firm’s new seating will be Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho on Monday night.
REM’s link with Turf Moor came earlier this year when financial director and keen Claret Chris Blakey came up with the idea of producing beds for the club’s physiotherapy department in the club’s colours.
Chris said: “It turned out that the club needed 34 seats for the new dug-outs. The seat designs are in Claret and Blue, incorporating a headrest with sponsors' names 'Fun88' and a chair back with 'REMsalons' embroidery.
"The whole factory has been buzzing with excitement since we clinched the deal.”