Capacity to rise to 20,000

Budge outlines plan to redevelop Tynecastle

Hearts TynecastleHearts hope to start work before Christmas on a 7,000-seat replacement for its main stand, taking Tynecastle’s capacity to 20,000 during the 2017/18 season.

Owner Ann Budge also wants to develop the Wheatfield stand and develop community facilities around the stadium, including an artificial pitch.

The existing main stand is one of the last surviving examples of the work of architect Archibald Leitch who also designed stands at Ibrox, Sunderland’s former Roker Park home and Everton’s Goodison Park.

However, it is 101 years old and has been showing its age for some time. Facilities are poor and there are viewing restrictions.

Mrs Budge said that rebuilding the stadium was part of a regeneration of the wider Gorgie and Dalry area. Plans are due to be submitted to Edinburgh City Council.

In a statement on the club’s website, she said: “All going well, preparatory work should start in autumn of this year, with a view to having the new stand available for early in the 2017/18 season.

“This is a very tight timescale but I am hopeful that with lots of hard work and co-operation this can be achieved.”

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