Hibernian

Easter Road

Capacity: 20,451 (all seated)
Address: 12 Albion Place, Edinburgh, EH7 5QG
Telephone: 0131 661 2159
Fax: 0131 659 6488
Ticket Office: 0131 661 1875
Pitch Size: 112 x 74 yards
Club Nickname: The Hibees
Year Ground Opened: 1893
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: Marathon Bet
Kit Manufacturer: Nike
Home Kit: Green and White
Away Kit: Fluorescent Yellow

East Stand
East Stand
West Stand
West Stand
South Stand
South Stand
Famous Five Stand
Famous Five Stand
Famous Five Stand External View
Famous Five Stand External View

The ground has improved dramatically with the whole ground being re-built over the last two decades. The latest addition is the new East Stand which was opened in August 2010. This 6,500 capacity all seated stand, is single tiered and is quite steep, keeping fans close to the playing action. It is covered, has windshields to either side, and at the back just below the roof line are a strip of perspex panels to allow more natural light to reach the pitch. 

Opposite is the impressive looking West Stand, which was opened in 2001. Although the same height as the East Stand, it is two tiered and contains the team entrance tunnel and dugouts. Its upper tier is much steeper than the lower, with a gap between housing corporate hospitality facilities. It too also has windshields to either side and a large perspex strip just below the roof. Both ends were built in the mid 1990's and are virtually identical to one another. Each is two tiered and look unusual as a small corner of the top tier slopes away at an angle rather than being the normal rectangular shape.

Away fans are normally housed in the lower tier of the South Stand at one end. However if demand requires it then the whole of the South Stand can be given to away supporters. Usually a good day out, that is both enjoyable and hassle free. 

Peter Llewellyn adds 'On my last visit in May I was reminded of how near Easter Road is to the sea. It was a hot day when I set out and most fans were wearing just a shirt. A sea mist came down during the first half and obscured the top of Arthur’s Seat which can be seen clearly in one of the corners. By the second half mists were swirling round the ground and Arthur’s Seat had disappeared. The temperature went from about 25C to about 6 or 7C and it was freezing. I didn’t get completely warm until stopping for a bite to eat at Biggar on the way home!'

Stuart Gilbert, informs me; 'As a rule of thumb, the bars at the top of Easter Road, running from London Road down as far as Albion Road are generally used by visiting fans as these are nearest to where they will be funnelled into and out of the ground at Bothwell Street. Middletons and The Mash Tun are two of note. Further (North) down Easter Road you have pubs like the Four in Hand, the Office, the Iona and Tamsons. These are generally haunts for home fans on match days, however (with the exception of a few obvious opposing team's fans) they would be generally safe enough to visit and will welcome well behaved folk, especially neutrals. Slightly further afield from Easter Road, the pubs on Leith Walk (no more than 5 minutes walk away) can also have decent atmosphere on match days, with Robbies Bar (Leith Walk and corner of Iona Street) and The Harp and Castle (on Leith Walk directly across from Dalmeny Street) generally hosting large numbers of supporters up until about 15 minutes before kick off'.

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Not the easiest of grounds to find as it is located in the North East part of Edinburgh, the other side of the city centre to the way that most people approach the city from the M8. 

From The M8: At the end of the M8, follow signs for the City Centre. Upon reaching the City Centre follow signs for Leith (A900). Continue towards Leith on the A900 and at the junction with the B1350, turn right onto London Road (B1350). It is then the fourth left at the crossroads, onto Easter Road and then the fourth right into Albion Road for the ground.

From The South: (and avoiding the City Centre)  Follow the A1 into Edinburgh. Turn right onto the B1350 London Road and then right at the crossroads into Easter Road. Take the fourth right into Albion Road for the ground.

Street parking.

The ground is around a twenty minute walk away from Edinburgh Waverley station. Exit the station via the Waverley Steps on to Prince's Street. Cross the Road and head for Leith Street which is about 200 yards diagonally opposite from the exit to the station. Go straight down Leith Street which leads onto Leith Walk for about a quarter mile and turn right along London Road. Walk a further half mile to the top of Easter Road on your left. The Stadium is about 300 yards down Easter Road on your right hand side. Scott Cornwall adds; 'From George Street (which is behind and runs parallel to Princes Street) you can catch the Lothian Bus Number 1, which terminates at the bottom of Easter Road.' You can view a timetable for this bus on the Lothian Buses website (please note that George Street is not mentioned on the timetable but is located between Semple Street and Leith Street, which are).

Thanks to Jim Adie for providing the train station information.

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Admission prices vary in accordance with the category of the match. Category A prices are shown here with category B prices in brackets.

All sections of the ground: Adults £28* (£22), Concessions £14 (£12)

Concessions apply to Over 65's. Under 18's and Students.

Category A prices apply when the Club are playing Rangers. 

Official Programme £3.

Hibernian FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

Heart Of Midlothian.

Record Attendance

65,860 v Heart Of Midlothian, 1950. 

Average Attendance

2015-2016: 9,339 (Championship League)
2014-2015: 10,170 (Championship League)
2013-2014: 11,027 (Premier League)

If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, then please e-mail me at: duncan@footballgrounds.net and I'll update the guide.

Special thanks to the following for supplying the photos of Easter Road for this page: Jean Francois-Foxhal, Geoff Jackson and John Saliba.

Hibernian v Raith Rovers
Scottish Football Championship League
Saturday 2nd January 2016, 3pm
Barnie (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Easter Road?

I was visiting my son who lives in Edinburgh. As I had never been to watch a match in Scotland, I was really looking forward to this one.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We walked from the Marchmont area of Edinburgh - really easy to find. Straight down into the city via North Bridge, across the main roads and down onto I think it was Leith Walk. Friendly locals and 'Google is your friend' soon put us close to Easter Road where we followed the home shirts towards the stadium.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We had a good look around the ground, and found a little programme shop to browse around. Several local pubs seemed to be doing good business.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Easter Road?

I was impressed with the ground - steep stands gave good views all round.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

When we were buying the tickets, we were offered seats close to the 'singing section' which we took for some atmosphere. There was a decent crowd in on the day but it seemed that the atmosphere didn't really get going. Some decent football that made it worth the visit, and Hibs could have scored more than the one goal that won the game. Really friendly stewards and ticket office staff, and good to chat with the local supporters. Decent food at half time, and reasonably priced compared to some places I've been to.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Ever so easy - brisk walk for about 15 minutes back to town and it looked like traffic was getting away fairly easily too.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Enjoyed it - and would recommend a visit to Hibs if you're in the area on match day.

Hibernian v Hamilton
Premier League Play Off Final 2nd Leg
Sunday May 25th, 2014, 3pm
Alex Royal (Neutral fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be)?:
 
With the English season already over, I thought I would go and watch Hibernian take on Hamilton in the SPFL Play-off Final. Besides following Middlesbrough, I am also trying to visit all 92 English League Grounds and the 42 Scottish grounds too. 

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I got the train from Darlington at 11am, arriving into Edinburgh Waverley at around 2pm. I then caught the number 1 bus from Princes Street which goes to the top of Easter Road. It cost £2 for a single ticket, but be warned as the bus drivers do not give out change, as I found out the hard way! 
 
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
 
I got to the ground at around 30 minutes before kick off, so didn't really have time to do a lot besides have a look in the programme shop on the approach to the stadium, which is worth a visit if you have time before the game. I noticed a few pubs in the vicinity, but all of them had bouncers/security on the doors so I would assume they were for home fans only.
 
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

Easter Road is certainly one of the larger grounds of Scottish football and is dominated by the single tiered East stand which runs along the side of the pitch.  Entry to Easter Road is by electronic turnstiles, so you have to put your ticket into a barcode reader to gain entry.

My ticket was for the West Stand, and my view was partially obscured by the dugouts, nothing too major though. An unusual feature of both the Famous Five and the South stands is that one corner of the upper tier slopes at an angle, rather than being rectangular.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

Hibernian had a two goal lead coming into the second leg, so they had the advantage. The game itself started badly from a Hibernian point of view as after 11 minutes veteran striker Jason Scotland punished some slack defending from Ryan McGivern and fired beyond Ben Williams, and with the last kick of normal time, Tony Andreu fired home Ziggy Gordon's cross into the far corner to send the 1,000 or so Accies fans into ecstasy behind the goal, thus forcing extra time. 

With neither team finding a winner in extra time, the game went to penalties. Kevin Thomson missed Hibs' first spot kick, allowing Grant Gillespie to give 'Accies the lead, the next six penalties were all scored, before youngster Jason Cummings' shot was saved by Kevin Cuthbert to send both the Hamilton players and fans into sheer ecstasy. Hibernian had just been relegated and will join Hearts in the Scottish Championship next season.
 
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the ground was simple, I followed the mass exodus of green shirts back to Waverley station, and got my train at 7.30pm back to Darlington
 
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

An excellent day out, although I do feel sorry for the Hibernian fans who have had to endure a torrid season and relegation.

 

Hibernian v Rangers
Premier League
Wednesday January 26th, 2011, 7.45pm
Jim Prentice (Rangers fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

As with Edinburgh rivals Hearts, I had wanted to get to get to Easter Road for a good few years but a trip there had eluded me for various reasons. One of my mates moved up to the Scottish capital just after the season started, so having promised I'd go up to see him at some point, I thought I'd combine it with a visit to the home of the Hibees - another ground to tick off the list! 

I was also looking forward to a couple of days away in Edinburgh and to having a few beers with my friend, but was also anticipating a good match and also wanted to see the new East Stand, which was opened back in August and completed the redevelopment of Easter Road.
 
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I took a 9.30am train from my home in Lincoln to Doncaster and had about an hour's wait (due to a delay) before getting the connection and arriving in Edinburgh at just after 2.00pm. We grabbed a late lunch and then had a few beers at one or two pubs on and around the Royal Mile. Soon realising it was gtting close to kick-off, my mate made his way home (he didn't want to come to the game!) and I headed off to Easter Road. I walked back to Waverley station and then walked up Leith Walk before taking a right turn along London Road. After about 3/4 mile, I took a left down Easter Road, where I saw lots of home and away fans. I had to collect my ticket from a mate outside the ground but got there with a few minutes to spare. The ground was pretty easy to find, but parking around Easter Road seemed rather sparse!
 
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
 
There were quite a few food outlets on Easter Road itself and there are even more on Leith Walk. There are a few pubs around the ground, but if you have time then central Edinburgh is good for a drink. Having had enough to drink before walking in the general direction of the stadium, I grabbed a fish supper from a chippy and then walked off to the away end, the South Stand, grabbing a match programme on the way. It was a freezing cold January night and consequently I didn't see that many Hibs fans as a lot of them seemed to have hurried inside the ground! Rangers and Hibs fans have had a bit of needle over the years, so they were perhaps best avoided!
 
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
 
The stands looked pretty tall from the outside and, once inside, I was impressed with the look of the whole ground. The away end, which is identical to the North Stand behind the other goal, is a double decker structure, with a slightly larger upper tier than the lower portion. The rows of seats were quite steep and, combined with pretty decent legroom, gave an excellent view of the action, free of supporting pillars. The only strange thing about this stand is that one corner of the upper tier is a bit smaller than the other due to a bend in the road behind it (a less extreme version of the old 'chocolate box' stand at Southampton's old Dell ground). The ground as a whole is, apart from the green seats (!) looking really smart these days, the whole of Easter Road having been gradually rebuilt since the mid-1990s. The North, South and West stands are pretty much identical, while the new East Stand is single-tiered but still looks quite big and very smart.
 
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..
 
I grabbed a pie and a coffee at half time and, as well as a total lack of any queuing system, the service was pretty shoddy and the quality of food below average at best, although the toilets at least looked to be fairly clean! The stewards were pretty relaxed throughout but the atmosphere from the home fans was poor. The Rangers fans sang throughout most of the game, but the Hibs fans seemed to be pretty quiet - they were going through a pretty lean spell at the time and all seemed to be dotted about the stadium rather than packed into a partisan mass.
 
Rangers had somehow lost 1-0 at Tynecastle the previous weekend (despite battering Hearts for most of the game) and knew they had to make amends against a Hibs side that was struggling for goals and looked low on confidence. Rangers started the game in control but without exerting their authority until defender Madjid Bougherra's shot from the edge of the box had Hibs keeper (and former Light Blue) Graeme Smith well beaten for the opener on 25 minutes. Ten minutes later, Nikica Jelavic, just back in the team after being injured for four months, seized upon an underhit backpass to Smith from Celtic loanee Richie Towell (how fitting!), rounded Smith and made it two. The rest of the game was a bit of a non-event - Hibs were never really in it and Rangers took their foot off the gas and the only question was whether their were going to raise the bar and add to their two goals. As it happened, they merely kept Hibs at bay and ended up 2-0 winners, securing a valuable three points in their quest for a third consecutive SPL title.
 
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
I said goodbye to some mates and made my way over a tiny little bridge (which was a real squash as a lot of other Rangers fans were going back this way to their supporters' buses!) back on to Easter Road and made my way back into Edinburgh. The police were out to direct traffic away from the stadium but it all seemed to clear fairly quickly. I met my mate on Princes Street and then went for a wee dram nightcap before going back to his and turning in for the night - it felt amazing to be able to go to sleep just 2-3 hours after a Rangers match rather than being faced with a long journey home - that was reserved for the next day!
 
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the night out:
 
Easter Road is a very smart and well-built ground and will serve Hibs well for years to come. It is perhaps more functional than rivals Hearts' ground, but I can't help preferring Tynecastle to Easter Road given that it retains a bit more of a touch of history and tradition. I very much enjoyed having a few pints of Edinburgh's array of ales, along with a couple of single malts, and had a good night out overall and an easy, if a bit long, journey home the following day. I'd be more than happy to go back to Easter Road again one day, but perhaps after I've managed to get to a few more 'new' stadia. Yet another ground off my list!

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Updated 19th July 2016

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