Hibs confirm 'minimum' capacity for Rijeka showdown but Easter Road side hopeful of larger crowd

Hibs have confirmed a “minimum” capacity of 4,700 for the Europa Conference League third qualifying round first-leg match against HNK Rijeka of Croatia – but the club remains hopeful of getting the green light for a bigger crowd.

By Patrick McPartlin
Friday, 30th July 2021, 3:01 pm
Updated Friday, 30th July 2021, 3:03 pm
Hibs are hopeful of getting a larger crowd inside Easter Road for the first leg of their European tie against HNK Rijeka
Hibs are hopeful of getting a larger crowd inside Easter Road for the first leg of their European tie against HNK Rijeka

The Easter Road side had hoped to have close to 10,000 fans inside the stadium for the home leg of the tie against FC Santa Coloma but in the end were granted fewer than 5,000.

There is optimism, however, that the City of Edinburgh Council will permit the club to welcome a larger crowd for the match with Hibs expecting to hear confirmation one way or another by close of play on Monday, August 2.

The initial 4,700 briefs will be allocated via an opt-in ballot open to 2021/22 season ticket-holders only with a general sale on Monday if there are any tickets remaining.

Hibs said in a statement: “We can confirm a minimum capacity of 4,700 for our UEFA Europa Conference League fixture with HNK Rijeka at Easter Road on Thursday August 5 with all tickets allocated via an opt-in ballot.

”Until we discover our 'final' capacity, we will proceed to allocate the 4,700 seats that we know are already approved for the visit of HNK Rijeka.

"We are hopeful of getting an exemption for a larger capacity early next week and will inform fans on whether our application has been successful on Monday evening. We thank the City of Edinburgh Council for their support thus far.”

For those unable to attend or unsuccessful in the ballot the club will live stream the match on HibsTV at a cost of £12.99.

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