Hearts’ season ticket sales have reached 10,000 as the Edinburgh club head towards record numbers for next season.
The rebuilding process under Ann Budge has taken off and, after Hearts won the Scottish Championship, supporters are ready to flock to Tynecastle in numbers.
The Roseburn Stand will house extra season ticket holders for the first time next season. That means Hearts could be performing in front of around 14,000 home fans. Season ticket sales have been rapid since they went on sale just five weeks ago and have now broken through the 10,000 barrier.
Hearts officials are hopeful that all season ticket seats could sell out before the Premiership campaign begins on August 1. Director of football Craig Levein today paid tribute to supporters for their backing.
“It’s an outstanding achievement. To have the backing that we had last season was incredible, and to see that continued this season is wonderful especially when you consider that the season has only just finished,” he said.
Hearts are keen to attract as many of their own fans as possible to Tynecastle and took the decision to reduce away ticket allocations by more than half. Previously, Rangers, Celtic and Hibs supporters were given all of the Roseburn Stand – around 3400 seats – but two sections (H and J) are being given over to home season ticket holders next year. A third section (K) will be used for a combination of home “walk-up” tickets and segregation.
“If we can sell out season tickets, then that would be amazing,” continued Levein. “We made the decision as the board of directors, because the demand was so high for tickets last season, to up the season ticket numbers to allow as many Hearts supporters as possible to buy seats.
“I’m delighted to see that they’re well on their way to taking us up on that.”
Meanwhile, head coach Robbie Neilson will take his first-team squad to Oban next month to play in the D&K Lafferty Cup Tournament. Hearts are regulars at the Oban event and won the trophy in 2002, 2006 and 2012. They usually only take select sides mainly containing young players but this time the senior squad will travel west.
The tournament takes place on Saturday, July 11, and involves Hamilton, Alloa, Dundee United Under-20s, St Johnstone Under-20s and local club Oban Saints.