Hearts’ new Tynecastle stand dazzles in football’s shadow

Hearts could only draw on their return to Tynecastle amidst the controversial opening of their new stand.

The Gorgie side were held to 1-1 draw with Partick Thistle on Sunday hours after a safety certificate was received by City of Edinburgh Council.  

Hearts’ owner Ann Budge helped open the new stand. Photograph: skysports

This caused disruption with the Partick Thistle supporters who were forced to wait until the morning of the game for confirmation.

The Jambos owner, Ann Budge, believed that the right decision was made in the process.

She said: “From my perspective I reckoned it was important to all the fans – the Hearts fans and the Partick fans – it was important to both clubs, both teams, that we really go for it.

“I felt I had a duty to really push it to the wire to try and get this game on because so many people would have had different problems.  And the other thing is, despite what you may have read in the press or wherever, I was in constant touch with Partick Thistle.

“I have been in daily touch with the SPFL , everyone has known what’s been going on, I’ve been keeping them informed.”

The new main stand has a capacity of over 7,250 and is expected to cost the club approximately £12million upon completion next year.  New facilities include new offices, hospitality lounges and a brand new director’s suite.

Budge added: “Everybody wanted to be back. Clearly the team wanted to be back here, they want to be playing in their home ground. Will that mean that we win six games? I’m definitely not saying that.

“But I think both the supporters and the team, everybody is just delighted to be here. And no, it is far from perfect, it’s far from finished.

“I think I said in one statement some time ago that there’s about 25 per cent of it finished. You know I think even that’s stretching it. There’s a lot to be done. But we are back and that is the key.” [the Scottish Sun]

Hearts form has suffered throughout the Tynecastle refurbishment. They currently sit in seventh position and nine points behind Edinburgh rivals Hibernian.

But they will now play the next five league games at home after playing nine of the opening 13 matches away.

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