Friday, September 29, 2023

Why is Luton Town vs Burnley postponed this weekend? Premier League fixture off due to Kenilworth Road

Luton Town have been forced to wait to bring Premier League football to their famous Kenilworth Road stadium.

The Hatters are back in England’s top-flight for the first time since 1992 with the prospect of star-studded players gracing the novel ground drawing much attention.

Carlton Morris scored Luton’s first goal back in the Premier LeagueGetty

The club’s journey back to the big time has been a remarkable one, as they were in the National League recently as 2014.

Kenilworth Road’s Oak Road Stand is iconic, nestled between Victorian housing, with the entrance to its away end in someone’s garden.

Its capacity was just 10,356 and work began on making it fit for the Premier League starting just hours after their promotion in May.

Why is Luton vs Burnley postponed this weekend?

Luton’s first Premier League home game was due to take place on Saturday, August 19.

But the club confirmed last month that their extensive ground improvements would not be completed in time.

Luton’s capacity size is sufficient for the Premier League, but they needed to construct a new stand to meet broadcast and media requirements.

As a result, the Hatters requested for their opening home match of the season against fellow promoted side Burnley be postponed.

Kenilworth Road will be hosting Premier League fixtures this seasonGetty

Gardens from the adjacent houses join onto the back of the stand at Kenilworth RoadGetty

“Whilst ongoing work is progressing extremely well and currently ahead of schedule,” Luton wrote in a statement.

“The Premier League understandably requires guarantees to its fixture schedule within sufficient time to advise supporters and broadcasters of any changes in advance.

“Due to the extent of the project, the club cannot absolutely guarantee supporters that any future unforeseen issues would not cause any delay potentially impacting upon the scheduled opening game at home.”

The Premier League granted Luton’s request to postpone the fixture but are yet to confirm a new date.

This means that the club’s first Premier League home match will be against West Ham on September 1 provided there’s no more delays.

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