Robbie Neilson wants a hostile Tynecastle to intimidate FC Infonet as Hearts fans clamour for tickets for Thursday’s Europa League qualifier.
More than 11,500 seats have been sold and club officials have now opened the enclosure section of the main stand to cope with demand as other areas of the stadium near sell-out.
Reduced prices of £12 for adults and £6 for children have attracted fans to Hearts’ first competitive match of season 2016/17.
Neilson, the club’s head coach, wants as big a crowd as possible in an attempt to unsettle Infonet.
The Estonians play at the tiny Lasnamae KJH Stadium, which has a capacity of less than 1000. A boisterous Tynecastle crowd on a European night would therefore help Hearts’ cause.
“Infonet don’t have a huge stadium and they aren’t used to playing in front of big crowds. We hope the intensity and atmosphere helps us,” Neilson told the Evening News.
“We need to help ourselves by starting the game well, being on the front foot and ready to go.”
Hearts had intended keeping two stands closed and using only the Wheatfield and Gorgie stands for the visit of the Estonians. However, they have been forced to open the Roseburn stand and main stand. Supporters are eager to see new signings Conor Sammon, Faycal Rherras and Robbie Muirhead in action in what is Hearts’ first European tie for four years. Infonet currently sit second in the Estonian Meistriliiga and have won all of their last six league games.
They are due to arrive in Scotland tomorrow and will train at Tynecastle tomorrow night.
Hearts will play in front of a record number of season-ticket holders this term after sales exceeded the 13,500 mark, but seats for European matches are not included and therefore must be bought separately.
• TICKETS for Hearts v Infonet can be bought at www.heartsfc.co.uk, or by calling 0333 043 1874 (option 1) or by visiting the club’s ticket centre outside Tynecastle on McLeod Street.