Following a sixteen-year career as a professional footballer Paul Fletcher has now become one of Europe’s leading Stadium experts joining a rare breed of ex-professional footballers who have successfully made the transition from ‘teamsheet to balance sheet’.
His commercial career in Football began at the infamous, Colne Dynamoes FC in the late 1980’s. Since then as Chief Executive at Huddersfield Town he masterminded the award winning Alfred McAlpine Stadium voted the RIBA ‘Building of the Year ‘in 1995. In 1996 he then returned to his old Club Bolton Wanderers as Chief Executive at the new £40 million Reebok Stadium the BCI Building of the Year in 1998.
In 1999, after two years at the Reebok, he was invited by the FA to become Commercial Director of the new £500 million Wembley National Stadium. After eighteen months, as costs escalated, he controversially walked away from the project commenting that he ‘needed to spend more time with his wife and family in the Lancashire sunshine’.
Within weeks he took up the position as Chief Executive at the £64 million Ricoh Arena Coventry, which is destined to become one of the country’s largest sports and leisure venues.
This includes a 32,000 seater stadium for Coventry City FC, the largest Casino in the UK, 2 Hotels, Exhibition centre, Health & fitness Club and wide range of community facilities. On 1st January 2006 he was invited to join the Board of Coventry City Football Club as Managing Director a positioned held prior to deciding to return to his true passion, sports stadium.
He still lives with his wife and family in the Rossendale Valley in the heart of Lancashire. In the 2007 New Years Honours list he was awarded the MBE for services to Football.
On 1st Jan 2008 Paul returned to Burnley Football Club as Development Director and in July 2008 took up the position as Chief Executive and helped the club gain promotion back to the Premiership in 2009.
In 2011 Paul helped establish the Worlds first University College of Football Business in Burnley, which has since expanded to Wembley and Manchester City FC. Now Paul’s focus is on further developing StadiArena and rolling out licenses across the world.