Stadium work to start this year
Hearts release image of new main stand
Hearts have issued an artist’s impression of the new main stand at Tynecastle that will house 7,000 spectators, taking the stadium’s capacity to more than 20,000.
It will include a nursery, a ticket and administrative office, and a club shop. Significantly, it will bring Hearts up to proper UEFA standards.
A funding plan will be announced within the next three months.
There had been thoughts of including standing areas, but this has been ruled out. The stadium may, however, incorporate two big screens. There are no plans to fill the corners.
Details of the new suites and the different tiers of entertainment on offer in the new stand will be released during the period of the build.
Demolition of the 101-year-old existing structure, designed by football stadium architect Archibald Leitch, who was also responsible for the main stand at Ibrox, will begin this year.
Work on the new stand should begin no later than November and should be ready for use early in season 2017/18.
The club has now entered into an eight-week public consultation process after which a full planning application will be submitted.
The club is looking at upgrading the three existing stands. This is likely to include improved toilet facilities and kiosk facilities.