10 November 2015 FFT’s Chris Flanagan asks the experts how to move ground. Turns out it involves orchestras, roses, a Queen impersonator, Christmas cake and Ken Bates...
After almost a quarter of a century in the stadium business, Paul Fletcher chuckles as he remembers how hard he tried to avoid ever getting involved in the first place.
"I took the job as commercial manager at Huddersfield Town on condition that I had nothing to do with the new stadium they were planning," he tells FFT. "But within 12 months a new chairman took over, dragged me into the boardroom one afternoon and said, 'It’s your job to build us a new stadium'. I didn’t know anything about the building industry, or the stadium industry."
Today the former Burnley and Bolton Wanderers striker is working on stadium projects in three different continents. His work at the McAlpine Stadium as it was first known, then at the Reebok Stadium and the new Wembley, quickly made him one of the most respected men in the business.
Read more at http://www.fourfourtwo.com/features/how-build-new-stadium-those-who-have#FRHEihO77R0YQFgX.99
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