Heart of Midlothian

Tynecastle Stadium

Capacity: 18,008 (all seated)
Address: McLeod Street, Edinburgh, EH11 2NL
Telephone: 0333 043 1874
Fax: 0131 200 7222
Pitch Size: 107 x 74 yards
Club Nickname: Hearts or Jam Tarts
Year Ground Opened: 1886
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: Save The Children
Kit Manufacturer: Puma
Home Kit: Maroon and White
Away Kit: Yellow and Pink Hoops

Gorgie and Wheatfield Stands
Gorgie and Wheatfield Stands
Looking Towards The Roseburn Stand
Looking Towards The Roseburn Stand
Main Stand
Main Stand
Wheatfield Stand
Wheatfield Stand
Gorgie Stand
Gorgie Stand

Tynecastle Stadium was improved greatly with the re-development of three sides of the ground during the 1990's. The Roseburn, Gorgie & Wheatfield Stands, are all good sized single tiered stands, that are similar in design and height. Only the Main Stand on one side of the pitch, remains of the 'old' Tynecastle. Originally completed just after the First World War, it looks somewhat out of place amongst its shiny new neighbours. It is two tiered, smaller than the other stands and has a fair few supporting pillars. On top of this stand perches a model of an owl, which is there to help deter the presence of other birds to the ground.

The Club have received planning permission to build a new Main Stand at Tynecastle. The new stand would have a capacity of 7,000,which would increase the overall capacity of Tynecastle to over 20,000. It is expected that prepatory works will commence shortly, with the demolition of the stand taking place at the end of this season. It is expected that the new stand will be open in September 2017.

Away fans are housed in the Roseburn Stand at one end of the ground, where up to 3,676 supporters can be accommodated. Clubs with a small following may find that a smaller portion of this stand is allocated. The steep slope of the stand ensures a good view of the pitch and the facilities on offer are good. Apart from the Old Firm games and local derbies against Hibs, the atmosphere can be lacking.

 

George Hobb informs me; 'The Station Tavern in Gorgie Road to the west of the stadium (heading away from the city centre) always has a warm welcome for away fans. Has also the Ryries Bar, which is a good pub which is within ten minutes walking distance of Tynecastle, being located next to Haymarket Railway Station.'

George continues; 'Any visitors who like their real ale, should of course visit the legendary Athletic Arms on Angle Park Terrace. The pub is nicknamed the 'Diggers' as it overlooks a graveyard and serves great beer (it is has been listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide for many years). For neutral fans then the Tynecastle Arms on Gorgie Road is worth a visit as it has lots of Hearts memorabilia on display. As you would expect it gets very busy on match days, so get there early.'

Closer to the stadium on Angle Park Terrace, is the Caley Sample Room, which also serves real ale and is busy on matchdays. 

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Follow the M8 towards Edinburgh. At the end of the M8 take the A720 (Edinburgh By Pass) southwards towards Dalkeith. Leave the A720 at the junction with the A71 and follow the A71 into Edinburgh. You will eventually reach the ground on your left. Street parking.

 

The nearest train station is Edinburgh Haymarket, which is a around a 15 minute walk away from the ground. You can see the ground as you come into the station. On leaving the station turn right at the Ryries pub, into Dalry Road. Dalry Road runs into Gorgie Road. About one mile on and the ground is visible from the first major road junction/set of traffic lights.

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The club operate a category system for matches (A & B), so that admission prices are varied dependant on which club is being played. Category A prices (for games against Hibernian and Rangers) are shown below, whilst Category B match prices (for all other league games) are shown in brackets:

Home Fans:
Wheatfield Stand (Upper Centre): 
Adults £30 (£27), Concessions £22 (£19), Under 18's £19 (£17) Under 12's £15 (£10)
Wheatfield Stand (Upper Wings): 
Adults £26 (£23), Concessions £19 (£16), Under 18's £16 (£14) Under 12's £10 (£5)
Wheatfield Stand (Lower Tier): 
Adults £24 (£19), Concessions £18 (£14), Under 18's £15 (£12) Under 12's £10 (£5)
Gorgie Stand (Upper Tier): 
Adults £26 (£23), Concessions £19 (£16), Under 18's £16 (£14) Under 12's £10 (£5)
Gorgie Stand (Lower Tier): 
Adults £23 (£17), Concessions £17 (£12), Under 18's £14 (£10) Under 12's £10 (£5)
Main Stand: 
Adults £24 (£19), Concessions £18 (£14), Under 18's £15 (£12) Under 12's £10 (£5)

Away Fans:
Roseburn Stand (Upper Tier): 
Adults £26 (£23), Concessions £19 (£16), Under 18's £16 (£14) Under 12's £10 (£5
Roseburn Stand (Lower Tier): 
Adults £23 (£17), Concessions £17 (£12), Under 18's £14 (£10) Under 12's £10 (£5)

Concessions apply to over 65's and students in full time education.

Official Programme £2.50
No Idle Talk Fanzine £1.
ATB (Always the Bridesmaid) Fanzine £1.

 

Heart of Midlothian FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

Hibernian, Rangers & Celtic.

A number of wheelchair spaces are available along the walkways of the Gorgie, Roseburn & Wheatfield Stands. These also include provision for one helper per wheelchair space. Disabled fans are admitted free, although helpers are required to pay (Category A Matches £15, other matches £10). Access to these stands is via lifts situated in the Gorgie & Roseburn Stands. 

A limited number of seats for ambulant supporters are made available in the Main Stand which cost £15 for Category matches and £10 for other matches.

Places need to be booked in advance by calling 0871 663 1874.

The Club run weekly tours on most Thursdays and Fridays and monthly on a Saturday day time and Thursday evening. Tours cost Adults £9, Concessions £6, Under 16's £5. There is also a family ticket available (2 Adults + 2 Under 16's) £22. Tours should be booked in advance by calling emailing the Club.

Record Attendance

53,396 v Glasgow Rangers, February 13th 1932. Scottish Cup 3rd Round. 

Average Attendance

2015-2016: 16,423 (Premier League)
2014-2015: 15,985 (Championship League)
2013-2014: 14,123 (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 Owen Pavey for providing the layout diagram of Tynecastle Stadium, Hearts.

Hearts v FC Infonet (Estonia)
Europa League, First Qualifying Round
Thursday 30th June 2016, 8pm
Mike Kimberley (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tynecastle ground itself?

Whilst enduring the miserable English summer this fixture was an enticing early opportunity for football.

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

I travelled from London by train to Edinburgh Waverley, then changed and one stop to Haymarket. The ground is a 15 minute walk.

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

As i turned right out of the station and over the bridge, on the main road to the ground, there was a cafe on the right which did a good all-day breakfast. There are various eateries en route to the Tynecastle ground.

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

The Main Stand looks very traditional. The other three sides of the ground have been renewed and look neat and tidy.

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

I wasn't expecting much of a crowd but the game was well attended with over 14,000. There was a section set aside for away fans but this was not used. I could not see even one away supporter.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Leaving the ground was a slightly easier stroll mostly downhill to Haymarket. Then a ten minute ride to Waverley. I had time f or a couple of pints opposite the station before catching the sleeper to London Euston.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

This was only my third Scottish ground but a pleasant atmosphere and experience. I don't get to Scotland all that often but had a good afternoon in Edinburgh arriving home 24 hours after leaving. Excellent trip!

Hearts v FC Infonet (Estonia)
Europa League, First Qualifying Round
Thursday 30th June 2016, 8pm
Barnie (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tynecastle ground itself?

I was in Edinburgh for my lads graduation, and this just happened to coincide with a decent 'football fix'. The fact that it was a Europa League game made it a first and well worth a trip.

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

Really easy to get to for us - a bus stop a few minutes from where we were staying and easy run to the ground. No problems there. Not sure about parking around the ground though.

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

Usual walk round the ground - visit to the club shop and chat to some locals. A really friendly place to visit - everyone helpful and looking forward to the match.

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

We were sat in the Roseburn Stand - five rows from the front and it's probably the closest I've sat to the pitch in years. We really did feel we could reach and touch the back of the net. The ground has larger modern stands to two ends and one side, with the Main Stand obviously a more traditional older stand - and that's due to be replaced apparently I think at the end of this season. The stands are all close to the touchline, bringing the game closer to us all.

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

I honestly thought this one would be be an easy game for Hearts looking at the two sides respective leagues. We were sat next to an older guy - a season ticket holder for 40 odd years who said this was a real potential banana skin for Hearts. He was proved right with Infonet taking the lead with a rather sweet volley. A few minutes later Hearts levelled with a penalty from a hand ball decision, then took the lead ten minutes from half time with an own goal. It has to be said that Hearts looked like they needed the game, and it showed. Infonet played some decent stuff, whilst Hearts looked rusty all over the field, and the crowd were unsettled, but certainly tried to get some atmosphere going. A scrappy game overall. Food and drink were decent enough and not massively over priced compared to some grounds I've been to, and the stewards were helpful and approached us to help rather than the other way round.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game::

We walked from Tynecastle back to the city - taking about 40 minutes in all. 

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I enjoyed this one. Hearts just about deserved it on the day, and I enjoyed the experience of the ground. If the ground is full I can imagine a real atmosphere, and will definitely head back some time in the future.

 

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Updated 20th October 2016

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