Demolition of Tynecastle main stand nears completion

THE demolition phase of the old main stand at Tynecastle Stadium is nearing completion, a new image reveals.

Wednesday, 21st June 2017, 4:25 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th September 2017, 11:51 am
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

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.

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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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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.

Picture: Copyright Hearts FC

Stadium capacity will rise to 20,099, raising the prospect of Tynecastle being capable of hosting its first 20,000+ attendance since a 1-1 draw with Hibs attracted 24,139 fans on 12 January 1994.

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.

Picture: Copyright Hearts FC