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Volume 6 No. 234

Facilities

Premier League side Burnley finalized plans to develop Turf Moor and provide better facilities for disabled supporters under the Accessible Stadium Guide. The work takes the spending on infrastructure at the club to around £20M ($26.7M) in the past two years, including new office space, a bigger Clarets Store and ticket office at the stadium and the major uplift to the Barnfield Training Centre. However, the club concluded there will be no other ground developments to increase the overall capacity of Turf Moor in the short term, unless an increase in demand for seats forces a re-think. Work to bring the club in line with ASG regulations follows a commitment to the Equality & Human Rights Commission, which outlines minimum requirements at all Premier League grounds. The club has been given until Aug. '18 to comply with improved disabled access provisions that include dedicated covered viewing platforms and new toilet facilities. Turf Moor will undergo major changes from January to provide a number of elevated platforms for wheelchair access. These involve multi-million pound building projects in two corners of the stadium (Burnley). 

A ground "rich with cricketing history but wanting of modern comforts will take its final Ashes bow" when Australia hosts England in the third test at the Western Australian Cricket Association Ground on Thursday, according to Joel Dubber of REUTERS. Future Ashes contests will be held at the "shiny, new Perth Stadium on the opposite bank of the Swan River," a 60,000-seat arena that will use a drop-in pitch, host rock concerts and share tenancy with two Australian Football League teams. The 22,000-capacity WACA will remain a cricket venue but only host "lower-profile" internationals, "having fallen behind the standards of rival stadiums around the country." England may also be "happy to move on" from a venue where it has won "only once in nearly 50 years of tests." As "forgettable as the WACA experience has been for England," it has been "mostly glorious" for Australia, and the backdrop for some "classic, comical and quite bizarre Ashes moments since the first test between the teams" in '70 (REUTERS, 12/11).