EYES ON TURF MOOR: Billions of football fans to tune in for Burnley's return to Premier League

Eyes of the world on Turf Moor

Eyes of the world on Turf Moor

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A RECORD 4.7billion football fans around the world will potentially watch the Clarets make their long-awaited return to the Premier League tonight.

The pitches from Turf Moor will be beamed into 643 million homes across 212 territories by 80 different broadcasters.

The eyes of the world will truly be on Turf Moor as they take on former champions Chelsea.

Thanks to television, Clarets fans living as far away as Australia, Alaska, Africa and even near the Amazon will be able to see their favourite team play top-flight football for the first time since being relegated in 2010.

Sky Sports will broadcast the home game live from the ground on Harry Potts Way.

In preparation of the world’s media descending on the ground, an extra 50 press seats making a total of a 130 have been installed so Burnley can be shown off to it’s full potential.

Viewing figures are expected to smash the biggest total ever recorded for a Clarets match.

That was in 2009 when Burnley beat Manchester United 1-0 at home.

Football Magazine FourFourTwo placed the match at 98 in the highest viewed match in the history of the Premier League.

In total, the League clocked up 185,000 hours of TV coverage in 2010/11, an increase of 65 per cent on the previous campaign.

Steve Rumbelow, chief executive of Burnley Council, said that success on the pitch would translate to success for the town.

He said: “If Burnley are able to stay up and establish themselves as Premier League regulars then it will only be a good thing for the town.

“We now have a Premier League football club for a premier town.

“The viewing figures for Sky Sports must be up from what they were four years ago so it would be fair to say that more people than ever before will see a Burnley Football Club match today.

“That’s great for the club and the town as it helps to put Burnley on the footballing map.

“We are already on the map as a destination but this exposure will only increase our profile.

“We have been working very hard to make Burnley even more prosperous and this will help towards that.”

With viewing figures expected to soar Turf Moor has undergone a major facelift.

In total 150 projects of varying sizes were undertaken including the demolition and relocation of the player’s tunnel, which was moved to the corner of the David Fishwick and James Hargreaves stands, new seating and changing room improvements.

The players are set to be greeted with a warn reception despite the chilly 12c temperature expected during the match.

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10:41am Mon 18 Aug 14

Dublin Claret says...

Exciting times, which makes all true Clarets so very proud.
Exciting times, which makes all true Clarets so very proud. Dublin Claret
  • Score: 27

10:41am Mon 18 Aug 14

Fatpants666 says...

You're having a giraffe.
You're having a giraffe. Fatpants666
  • Score: -25

11:08am Mon 18 Aug 14

LoobyLou369 says...

Come on you clarets!!!
Exciting times ahead :)
Come on you clarets!!! Exciting times ahead :) LoobyLou369
  • Score: 22

12:12pm Mon 18 Aug 14

TurfMoorTom says...

Wow, 4.7 billion football fans around the world will by 10pm this evening know what a sorry little club you really are.
Wow, 4.7 billion football fans around the world will by 10pm this evening know what a sorry little club you really are. TurfMoorTom
  • Score: -21

12:36pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Chuck Norris' Roundhouse says...

TurfMoorTom wrote:
Wow, 4.7 billion football fans around the world will by 10pm this evening know what a sorry little club you really are.
Says the guy who is sooo obsessed with Burnley he chose to name himself after Burnley's ground..?

Basically all you poor little, tiny, titchy, pezzy, scruffy Second Division nomarks are so jealous of your Premeir League rivals you simply HAVE to name yourself after the Burnley ground and post on every single article.

Bless - I almost feel sorry for you, if you weren't such a **** of course.
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoorTom[/bold] wrote: Wow, 4.7 billion football fans around the world will by 10pm this evening know what a sorry little club you really are.[/p][/quote]Says the guy who is sooo obsessed with Burnley he chose to name himself after Burnley's ground..? Basically all you poor little, tiny, titchy, pezzy, scruffy Second Division nomarks are so jealous of your Premeir League rivals you simply HAVE to name yourself after the Burnley ground and post on every single article. Bless - I almost feel sorry for you, if you weren't such a **** of course. Chuck Norris' Roundhouse
  • Score: 16

12:57pm Mon 18 Aug 14

slopes says...

With viewing figures expected to soar Turf Moor has undergone a major face lift. hahaha your joking of course.Burnley will tonight courtesy of the filth turn into a no-go zone .I have already found out that some will have too make a 3 mile detour to get to work so that approx 16,000 morons can watch a football game ????.pubs will be shut along with restaurants and what pubs are open will have too serve plastic glasses etc or risk closure hahahaha what a town i live in ;welcome to the sky league the most corrupt boring expensive league in the world.At least the odds for Chelsea will enable people to bet like men and get their holiday funds up big.
With viewing figures expected to soar Turf Moor has undergone a major face lift. hahaha your joking of course.Burnley will tonight courtesy of the filth turn into a no-go zone .I have already found out that some will have too make a 3 mile detour to get to work so that approx 16,000 morons can watch a football game ????.pubs will be shut along with restaurants and what pubs are open will have too serve plastic glasses etc or risk closure hahahaha what a town i live in ;welcome to the sky league the most corrupt boring expensive league in the world.At least the odds for Chelsea will enable people to bet like men and get their holiday funds up big. slopes
  • Score: -13

1:36pm Mon 18 Aug 14

claret777 says...

The 'pitches' from Turf Moor beamed live ?
Come on Lt....very poor.
The 'pitches' from Turf Moor beamed live ? Come on Lt....very poor. claret777
  • Score: 12

1:52pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Davelyn says...

Chelsea will declare at half time.
Chelsea will declare at half time. Davelyn
  • Score: 1

2:43pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Trinitylad says...

Hope all the money invested in paint hasn't been wasted in the rain. Ground improvements ??? They've painted the old wooden seats and put a lean to up for a tunnel some improvements they are, the club needs to support the fans and invest in players capable of keeping them up !!!
Hope all the money invested in paint hasn't been wasted in the rain. Ground improvements ??? They've painted the old wooden seats and put a lean to up for a tunnel some improvements they are, the club needs to support the fans and invest in players capable of keeping them up !!! Trinitylad
  • Score: -9

4:09pm Mon 18 Aug 14

noddy57 says...

Quite impressive viewing figures !! but" and where Burnley are concerned there is always a but "can you live up to all that media hype and put in an acceptable performance ? l ,m feeling generous right now l will give the first goal to you but l give the southern softies a 1 -2 win. don,t say l never told you. C O Y B.
Quite impressive viewing figures !! but" and where Burnley are concerned there is always a but "can you live up to all that media hype and put in an acceptable performance ? l ,m feeling generous right now l will give the first goal to you but l give the southern softies a 1 -2 win. don,t say l never told you. C O Y B. noddy57
  • Score: 0

4:17pm Mon 18 Aug 14

DaveBurnley says...

It's really amusing to see the Blackburn losers barking away on this Burnley site. Never minds, perhaps one day their bunch of failures will work out how to score enough goals to follow in the wake of Burnley.
It's really amusing to see the Blackburn losers barking away on this Burnley site. Never minds, perhaps one day their bunch of failures will work out how to score enough goals to follow in the wake of Burnley. DaveBurnley
  • Score: 1

6:04pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Elysiumfire says...

Yep, some great improvements made at Turf Moor. Better dressing rooms and a new tunnel. Chelsea players will now be able to use the spanking brand new 'long drop' toilet just outside the ground. Luxury.

I'm expecting the Clarets to sit in the bottom 3 for most of the season, but hope that through correct timing, the squad will make an earst-while effort to push for 17th place near the end.

Burnley may lose tonight, and no doubt the troglodytes down the road will enjoying it all, but I look forward to 'Woever's' first of many losses this season tomorrow night at Norwich. So all sneers and jeers will be happily reciprocated.
Yep, some great improvements made at Turf Moor. Better dressing rooms and a new tunnel. Chelsea players will now be able to use the spanking brand new 'long drop' toilet just outside the ground. Luxury. I'm expecting the Clarets to sit in the bottom 3 for most of the season, but hope that through correct timing, the squad will make an earst-while effort to push for 17th place near the end. Burnley may lose tonight, and no doubt the troglodytes down the road will enjoying it all, but I look forward to 'Woever's' first of many losses this season tomorrow night at Norwich. So all sneers and jeers will be happily reciprocated. Elysiumfire
  • Score: 0

10:18pm Mon 18 Aug 14

greenscreener says...

Davelyn wrote:
Chelsea will declare at half time.
Well done, Looks like you were spot on there.
[quote][p][bold]Davelyn[/bold] wrote: Chelsea will declare at half time.[/p][/quote]Well done, Looks like you were spot on there. greenscreener
  • Score: 2

11:49pm Mon 18 Aug 14

claret777 says...

greenscreener wrote:
Davelyn wrote:
Chelsea will declare at half time.
Well done, Looks like you were spot on there.
Mmm...took a wonder save to keep it 1-3....how someone can have a go at a team in a higher league is laughable in itself.Look up your masters are ABOVE YOU
[quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davelyn[/bold] wrote: Chelsea will declare at half time.[/p][/quote]Well done, Looks like you were spot on there.[/p][/quote]Mmm...took a wonder save to keep it 1-3....how someone can have a go at a team in a higher league is laughable in itself.Look up your masters are ABOVE YOU claret777
  • Score: 2

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