Hearts record rise in crowds at Tynecastle

Hearts are confident crowd numbers will remain healthy. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Hearts are confident crowd numbers will remain healthy. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

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Hearts recorded a seven per cent rise in league attendances at Tynecastle last season as their average home crowd rose to 14,097.

That figure is the highest in three years and peaked in March when 16,873 fans witnessed a 2-0 win over Hibs in the Edinburgh derby.

Fans rallied to help their club all season following Hearts’ financial collapse last year, resulting in the highest average gate since season 2010/11. That season, Hearts finished third in the league and qualified for Europe in front of an average crowd of 14,227.

The club’s total league attendance from 19 home games in the season just ended was 267,846. Club officials are delighted with the response from a campaign in which Hearts were relegated to the Championship.

“The fans were magnificent all season and everyone who has bought season tickets and match tickets has played their part in keeping the club alive,” said a Hearts spokesperson.

“We are confident that most supporters will be with us for a new and exciting chapter in the club’s history. There isn’t a stadium in the country like Tynecastle and we hope to see it attract more big crowds in the season ahead.”