Burnley strives to become conference and exhibition force

Ambitious plans to
increase Burnley’s capacity as an conference
and exhibition host have received a Royal seal of
approval.

Dubbed The Premier Plan, and with
backing from The Prince’s Charities, Burnley Football Club and Burnley Borough
Council among others have drawn up proposals, including improving transportation
links between Burnley and Manchester. Turf Moor, home to Burnley FC, will
become home to the UK’s first ‘StadiArena’ stand,
capable of housing exhibitions, concerts and conferences 365 days a
year.

Burnley FC CEO, Paul Fletcher, says:
“If you dare to dream, dream big. This is about the whole town and potentially
leaving a massive legacy The club can’t just run off doing its own little thing.
If we pull together as a town, we believe this could be a blueprint for a new
Burnley.”

And the idea of adding a football
university linked to Burnley FC could also be realised. The historical but
run-down Weaver’s Triangle area has been mooted as a possible location for
supplementary new student accommodation.

“A university at Turf Moor is a
splendid idea and this bold plan would totally rejuvenate a run down area of
town,” adds Fletcher.

Paul Colston

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Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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