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Heart Of Midlothian


Ground Name: Tynecastle Stadium
Capacity: 18,008 (all seated)
Address: Gorgie Rd, Edinburgh, EH11 2NL
Telephone No: 0871 663 1874
Fax No: 0131 200 7222
Pitch Size: 107 x 74 yards
Club Nickname: Hearts or Jam Tarts
Year Ground Opened: 1886
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: Ukio Bankas
Kit Manufacturers: Umbro
Home Kit Colours: Maroon & White
Away Kit Colours: White & Blue
Official Web Site:
www.heartsfc.co.uk
Unofficial Web Sites:
Fine Scottish Wine
Forevergorgie
Jambos Net Forum
London Hearts
No Idle Talk Fanzine
Planet Hearts


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Contents

What's The Ground Like?
Future Developments
Looking Towards The Roseburn Stand (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Where To Drink?

The Gorgie & Wheatfield Stands (photo)
Layout Of The Ground
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
By Train
Main Stand (photo)
What Do The Fans Sing?
Local Rivals
Admission Prices
Programme & Fanzines
Fixtures 2008-2009
Disabled Facilities
Record & Average Attendance
Hotel Accommodation
Feedback

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What's The Ground Like?

The ground has improved greatly with the re-development of three sides of the ground during the 1990's. The Roseburn, Gorgie & Wheatfield Stands, are all good sized single tiered stands, that are similar in design and height. Only the Main Stand on one side of the pitch, remains of the 'old' Tynecastle. Originally completed just after the First World War, it looks somewhat out of place amongst its shiny new neighbours. It is two tiered, smaller than the other stands and has a fair few supporting pillars. On top of this stand perches a model of an owl, which is there to help deter the presence of other birds to the ground.

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Future Developments
The Club have announced ambitious plans to re-develop the Main Stand side of the ground. The £51m development will not only see a new 10,000 capacity stand being built, but new dressing rooms, media & conference facilities. In addition a hotel is to be built on the site, as well as a conference and exhibition hall, offices, gymnasium and some residential apartments. The new stand will be two tiered and will also include 26 executive boxes. The upper tier will be semi circular in design, similar in to existing stands at Wembley and the City of Manchester Stadium, although on a much smaller scale. The Club hope to commence work on the project in the Summer of 2008 with the new stand ready for the start of the 2010/11 season. The stand will boost the capacity of Tynecastle to 23,000. For artistic images of the new proposed stand visit the official Hearts website.

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Looking Towards The Roseburn Stand


Photo Looking Towards The Roseburn Stand

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?

Away fans are housed in the Roseburn Stand at one end of the ground, where up to 3,676 supporters can be accommodated. Clubs with a small following may find that a smaller portion of this stand is allocated. The steep slope of the stand ensures a good view of the pitch and the facilities on offer are good. Apart from the Old Firm games and local derbies against Hibs, the atmosphere can be lacking.

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Where To Drink?
George Hobb informs me; 'The Station Bar in Gorgie Road to the west of the stadium always has a warm welcome for away fans. Ryries and The Haymarket are good pubs and are within 10 mins walking distance of the ground'

George continues; 'Any neutral visitors should of course visit the legendary Athletic Arms (see below). Other notable bars include the Tynecastle Arms, which  is only a corner kick away from the ground and among the memorabilia on display is the Jersey worn by Super Wayne Foster when he scored the winning goal Against Hibs in a cup tie a few years ago. For some more football Memorabilia John Robertsonís bar is also worth a visit. Both these bars are located In Gorgie Road and get very busy on match days, so get there early'.

My favourite pub near to the ground is the Athletic Arms. The pub, nicknamed 'Diggers' as it overlooks a graveyard, serves great beer and has great service. In fact it not unusual to see fans just ordering with their fingers, as when you just indicate, two, three, four, the barman knows that you just want their excellent ale.

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The Gorgie & Wheatfield Stands


Photo The Gorgie & Wheatfield Stands

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How To Get There By Car & Where To Park

Follow the M8 towards Edinburgh. At the end of the M8 take the A720 (Edinburgh By Pass) southwards towards Dalkeith. Leave the A720 at the junction with the A71 and follow the A71 into Edinburgh. You will eventually reach the ground on your left. Street parking.

For a map showing the location of the ground click here
(to take you to the Street Map website).

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By Train
The nearest train station is Edinburgh Haymarket, which is a around a 15 minute walk away from the ground. You can see the ground as you come into the station. On leaving the station turn right at the Ryries pub, into Dalry Road. Dalry Road runs into Gorgie Road. About one mile on and the ground is visible from the first major road junction/set of traffic lights.

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The Main Stand


Photo The Main Stand

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Local Rivals
Hibernian, Rangers & Celtic.

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Admission Prices 

The club operate a category system for matches (A & B), so that admission prices are varied dependant on which club is being played. Category B match prices are shown in brackets:

Home Fans:
Wheatfield Stand (Upper Centre Block D): Adults £34 (£28), Concessions £24 (£18)
Wheatfield Stand (Upper Centre Wings): Adults £30 (£24), Concessions £18 (£15)
Wheatfield Stand (Lower Tier): Adults £30 (£24), Concessions £18 (£15), Under 12's £18 (£7)
Gorgie Stand (Upper Centre): Adults £27 (£21), Concessions £17 (£14)
Gorgie Stand (Upper & Lower Family Areas):
Adults £27 (£21), Concessions £17 (£14), Under 12's £14 (£7)
Main Stand: Adults £22 (£15), Concessions £13 (£10), Under 12's £10 (£7)

Away Fans:
Roseburn Stand (Upper Centre): Adults £30 (£24), Concessions £18 (£15)
Roseburn Stand (Upper Wings & Lower Tier): Adults £27 (£21), Concessions £17 (£14)

Category A games: Celtic, Rangers & Hibernian.

Concessions apply to Under 18's, over 65's and students in full time education.

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Programme & Fanzines
Official Programme £2.50
No Idle Talk Fanzine £1.
ATB (Always the Bridesmaid) Fanzine £1.

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Ground Layout


Layout

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Fixtures 2008-2009
For the Hearts fixture list click here (to take you to the BBC Sports Website).

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Disabled Facilities
A number of wheelchair spaces are available along the walkways of the Gorgie, Roseburn & Wheatfield Stands. These also include provision for one helper per wheelchair space. Disabled fans are admitted free, although helpers are required to pay (Category A Matches £15, other matches £10). Access to these stands is via lifts situated in the Gorgie & Roseburn Stands.

A limited number of seats for ambulant supporters are made available in the Main Stand which cost £15 for Category matches and £10 for other matches.

Places need to be booked in advance by calling 0871 663 1874

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Record & Average Attendance
Record Attendance:
53,396 v Glasgow Rangers, February 13th 1932.
Scottish Cup 3rd Round.

Average Attendance:
2007-2008: 15,958 (Premier League)
2006-2007: 16,937 (Premier League)
2005-2006: 16,767 (Premier League)

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Hotel Accommodation
If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Football Hotels who are powered by Activehotels, who specialise in locating accommodation near or within a short travelling distance of the football ground. They also have the added advantage over some other hotel booking services that you pay on departure. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going. To access their Edinburgh page click here.

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Feedback
If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me and I'll update the guide.

 


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Last Revised: 02 January, 2009