Friday, 6 April 2007

Stadium Review #18 - Turf Moor

Ground Information: Turf Moor (Burnley FC) Capacity 22,546

Appearance: A club torn between redevelopment and renovation, a bit like Argyle. Two sides have been rebuilt as two tier stands, whilst the away end is still a traditional cowshed with wooden seats, but they are for the wider bottomed person so you are not squashed at all. The 'grandstand' looks untouched. Underneath the away end you get the real cowshed feel - a cavernous empty structure with a few brick buildings for toilets and food bar. The unusual aspect of having the dressing rooms and tunnels at the end of the pitch make it different from the rest other identikit stadia. 6/10

View: From the picture you can see you get a pretty decent view. There are two support pillars at either end of the stand, but they obscure a minute part of the pitch. 9/10

Getting there: Turf Moor is signed from the motorway, but the local police insist on an escort from the outskirts around the back streets. 5/10

Facilities (toilets, TVs etc): One refreshment bar, one set of toilets-which were quite decent. But else sod all. 4/10

Food and Drink: The worst pies this season, and they only had three out of five choices in stock. Burnt, hard Balti pie and a meat and potato that disintegrated. Nice bar staff though. 2/10

Stewarding/Police: Even though there were only 160 approx in a huge stand there was at least 1 cop to 3 supporters, and the steward insisted on people remaining seated. 6/10

Surrounding area (what's there to do outside the ground): No idea. 5/10

Home fans (their contribution to the atmosphere etc): They wanted the result and were right behind the team from the off. The Green Army were very poor in comparison, but then we had very little to shout about. 8/10

Total score: 45/80

Stadium League Table:
Pride Park (Derby): 65
Hillsborough (Sheffield Wednesday): 58
Poltair Park (St Austell): 57 [non league]
Stadium of Light (Sunderland): 55
= Portman Road (Ipswich): 51
= Ricoh Arena (Coventry):51

= Carrow Road (Norwich): 50
= Walkers Stadium (Leicester): 50

Underhill (Barnet): 49
= St Andrews (Birmingham): 48
= Molineux (Wolves): 48
= Loftus Road (QPR): 46
= The Hawthorns (WBA): 46
Turf Moor (Burnley): 45
Deepdale (Preston): 43
Ninian Park (Cardiff): 42
Roots Hall (Southend): 41
London Road (Peterbrough): 36

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