Hearts today admitted they are being “suffocated” by their Tynecastle home as a report concluded that redeveloping the ground was “not a viable option” .
The report, jointly commissioned by the club and Edinburgh city council, recommends that the club must transfer from their home of 125 years in order to grow.
A representative of the Gorgie club said that, while emotion would dictate Hearts continue to be based in the part of the city that has become their spiritual home, a move to a new ground is vital should they wish to realise their potential. The spokesperson said: “The emotional ties are undoubtedly to try and redevelop the existing Tynecastle Stadium. However, this report highlights the extreme difficulties the club faces.
“The club is suffocating in its present location but the owner [Vladimir Romanov] and board remain determined to develop a first-class footballing arena in the city.” The city council last week told the Evening News that Hearts could be involved in plans for a community stadium in the west of the Capital, with fans already having expressed preference for such an option in a poll run by the club. That route could be investigated further, with the report published yesterday stating that Tynecastle is “in poor condition, lacks many amenities, is constrained by adjacent occupiers and is non-UEFA compliant.”
The Hearts spokesman said: “The report provides a number of significant recommendations relating to potential partnership models and we will consider these over the coming weeks.
“We must deliver a new stadium in order to meet our aim of building a top-class football team based in west Edinburgh. In turn we will be better able to reflect the city’s desire for greater business growth, job creation, revenue generation, attraction of more visitors and showcase Edinburgh as a true footballing and sports city.”