Hearts owner Ann Budge hopes to redevelop Tynecastle after revealing her desire to keep the club in Gorgie.
Budge hopes to have a plan in place by the end of next season which would see the dilapidated main stand rebuilt.
After once suggesting the club’s future could lie away from their historic home, Budge says she has had her mind changed on the stadium.
Budge said: “If I go back to before I got involved with football, and I had heard all the discussions about Tynecastle, I would sit there in my ivory tower and think the answer is obvious. ‘Of course we need to move to a new stadium, with new facilities, do this and do that, which would be totally fit for purpose’. I would think, ‘I can’t understand why they are even faffing about with this’.
“But having been here a year, heard so many people speak passionately about Tynecastle, I think there has got to be a step, and the next step is going to be what can we do to keep us at Tynecastle. Despite all the challenges that could bring, it is about how we can overcome these. We are still doing the work, still looking at all the options, and all the difficulties etc, but I am looking at it from the point of view of ‘how can we stay here, what can we do to make this viable’.
“It is only if we can actually make the economics work,” she said. “Like to what extent could we increase the capacity and what would be the implications?”
And when asked if sharing with Hibs was a possibility, she said: “Economically it is probably the best option. But I don’t know if I would be able to get that one by the fans!”