Demolition of Tynecastle main stand nears completion

The 1914 Archibald Leitch stand is disappearing fast. Picture: Copyright Heart of Midlothian FC
The 1914 Archibald Leitch stand is disappearing fast. Picture: Copyright Heart of Midlothian FC
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THE demolition phase of the old main stand at Tynecastle Stadium is nearing completion, a new image reveals.

Published yesterday by Hearts FC, the new image reveals just how little remains of Tynecastle’s main stand.

Just six original support pillars and a short section of the 1914 building is left, with the east and west wings of the Archibald Leitch-designed stand already flattened by the bulldozers.

The replacement structure can be seen looming in the background as a Tynecastle Stadium fit for the 21st century begins to take shape.

Mementos from the 103-year-old main stand, including a pair of cast-iron bath tubs from the first team shower room and original iron turnstiles have been put up for auction.

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Picture: Copyright Hearts FC

Picture: Copyright Hearts FC

Should everything go to plan, supporters should be able to take their seats in the new stand by the end of August, just a few weeks into the 2017/18 Scottish Premiership season.

Overall completion, which includes fitting out, ancillary works and finishing of hospitality and directors suites is earmarked for 30 March 2018.

Stadium capacity will rise to 20,099, raising the prospect of Tynecastle being able to host its first 20,000+ attendance since a 1-1 draw with Hibs on 12 January 1994. That game attracted 24,139 fans, but within a matter of months the capacity at Hearts’ ground was greatly reduced as the old terraces were swept away to build three new stands.

The club has confirmed that the new=look ground will revert to its old name of Tynecastle Park as part of the £12 million redevelopment.