Hearts given last-gasp nod for new stand
New era: Stand ready to open (pic: SNS Group)
Tynecastle Park has finally received a safety certificate for its new main stand to allow Hearts match against Partick Thistle to go ahead on Sunday.
The £14 million stand was due to open in September but has been hit building days, forcing the club to play home matches at Murrayfield.
At 9pm on Saturday Edinburgh City Council inspectors gave the club a “temporary occupation certificate” so that it can open the stand to spectators. A final check on Sunday morning gave final approval.
In a statement to supporters, club owner Ann Budge stressed that “not all concourse areas have been decorated to the finished standard, particularly in the North section. However, we will have everything fully completed and decorated to a high standard over the coming weeks.”
She added: “Our principal objective has been to get back to playing our games at Tynecastle as soon as possible and, as such, our main focus has been related to safety issues, not décor.
“In particular, I would mention that we still have to complete some ceiling sections (especially in the North section), but please be assured that everything is perfectly safe.”
The club’s statement said: “The club is delighted to announce that we have our temporary occupation certificate for the new stand.”
The new stand will include dressing rooms, media facilities, hospitality suites, a Skyline restaurant fronted by an expansive piazza.