Heart of Midlothian

Tynecastle Stadium

Capacity: 20,099 (all seated)
Address: McLeod Street, Edinburgh, EH11 2NL
Telephone: 0333 043 1874
Fax: 0131 200 7222
Pitch Size: 107 x 74 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: Hearts or Jam Tarts
Year Ground Opened: 1886
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: Save The Children
Kit Manufacturer: Umbro
Home Kit: Maroon and White
Away Kit: All Grey
Third Kit: Blue with Pink Trim

Main Stand
Main Stand
Gorgie and Wheatfield Stands
Gorgie and Wheatfield Stands
Wheatfield and Roseburn Stands
Wheatfield and Roseburn Stands
Wheatfield Stand
Wheatfield Stand
Gorgie Stand
Gorgie Stand
New Main Stand
New Main Stand

With the opening of the new Main Stand on one side of the pitch, then Tynecastle Stadium has been completely re-developed since the 1990's. Opened in November 2017 the Main Stand is an impressive size, with a capacity of over 7,000 seats. Effectively a large single tier, its roof is mostly transparent to allow more light to reach the pitch. There is a wide players tunnel located at the half way line, with the team dugouts located wither side of it, out front. The rest of the stadium comprising the Roseburn, Gorgie and Wheatfield Stands, are all good sized single tiered stands, that are similar in design and height.They are slightly taller than the Main Stand. The corners of the stadium are open meaning that the stands are separate. Apart from a line of floodlights running along the front of the roof, then in each corner there are a block of floodlights mounted which give it an interesting look.

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George Hobb informs me; 'The Jessie Mays bar 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. 

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.

 

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.

 

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The nearest train station is Edinburgh Haymarket, which is about a 15 minute walk away from Tynecastle Stadium. 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 official Heart of Midlothian FC 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.

Located inside the Gorgie Stand is the Club Museum, which depicts the history of the Club and Tynecastle Stadium. Entrance is free. It is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday (excluding matchdays) between 10am and 4pm. It is also open on Sundays between 12 noon and 4pm.

Record Attendance

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

At Murrayfield Stadium
57,857 v Barcelona
28th July 2007, Friendly Match.

Average Attendance

2017-2018: 18,429 (Premier League)
2016-2017: 16,315 (Premier League)
2015-2016: 16,423 (Premier League)

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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 and to Alex Manners and David Chapell for the photos of the new Main Stand.

Heart of Midlothian v Partick Thistle
Scottish Premier League
Saturday 17th March 2018, 3pm
Gareth King (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Tynecastle Stadium?
 
I was catching up with a friend in who is a Partick Thistle fan now living in Edinburgh. My football mad three and a half year old and I decided to join him for the game. I also had never been to “Tynnie” before, so I wanted to tick it off the list (we went to Hearts v St Johnstone at Murrayfield earlier in the season during their temporary relocation, which was a sterile experience).
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
We got the train through from Glasgow and it was a straightforward ten minute walk from Edinburgh Haymarket station to the stadium. That was with a small child too, so it’s probably quicker. Just make sure you know which stand you’re going to first as the entrances are at different side street points.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
It was freezing cold and snowing so we hurried to the ground for shelter! I’d had past negative experiences with away Hearts fans, but there is absolutely no problems at all at Tynecastle (given I was in with the away support).
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Tynecastle Stadium?
 
The new Main Stand was first opened only a few months ago and is relatively impressive, with a glass frontage. The ground itself is now completely symmetrical inside, with four single tier stands. Despite sounding nondescript, it does have a uniqueness in that it’s so steep and immediately striking how close to the pitch you feel (even in the second from last row) that you feel you’re hanging over the goals! I could imagine the atmosphere would be as good as the hype on bigger match days. Be warned, the pay off for the great gradient is that leg room is minuscule and it’s not the easiest to get to your seats as a result too.
 
View From The Away Section
 
View From The Away Stand
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game itself was dead at half time, with Thistle crumpling for a 30 minute period in the first half and deservedly going three down, while Laferty and Naismith ran the show. Hearts sat back in the second and the game fizzled out thankfully (given the Baltic weather). I was really disappointed though with some aspects: That away fans were charged £26 to use a stand which home fans were only charged £19 for; In spite of signs saying otherwise, there were only the options of a pie, coffee or Bovril on offer at the concession stands (the pie was okay actually); the toilets - do not take a child to the away end as it consists of one small toilet area (big queues) with ONE broken cubical. It’s not family friendly facilities at all! When will clubs realise that kids can’t use high up urinals?
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Getting away was really easy, with no segregation as there was clearly no need (it was so cold, windy and snowy that everyone wanted indoors quick). I was with the away fans, but there were no issues whatsoever as the fans all merged together heading back to the station.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
I’m glad that I’ve now been to Tynecastle, it’s a decent ground to watch a game in. However, it baffles me how Scottish clubs think charging £26 to access basic facilities in bleak weather is a good business model that will attract more supporters!

Heart of Midlothian v East Fife
Scottish League Cup Group Stage
Saturday 22nd July 2017, 3pm
Phil Armstrong (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Tynecastle Stadium?
 
This was my first visit to Tynecastle, so a new stadium for me to visit and tick off my limited 'Doing the 42' Scottish League Grounds checklist. It is also one of the relative easier games for me to get to logistically.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I arrived by train at Edinburgh Haymarket which is served by trains amongst others from London Euston, Glasgow Queen Street and Manchester Airport. It was a brisk 15 minute walk from the station to Tynecastle after that.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I went straight to the stadium and didn't stop for a drink due to having to drive later on that day. There are plenty of takeaways and pubs on Darly Street towards the ground which I just by passed. A few disgruntled season ticket holders annoyed at the fact they were not allocated their usual seat due to an issue in the ticketing office other than that reasonable to talk to.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Tynecastle Stadium?
 
The Main Stand is currently being rebuilt to match the three other modern sides of the stadium. There is a raised platform which stretches around the stands acting as a concourse which initially looks odd. I was in the lower tier of the Gorgie End which has a steep incline of the stairs which were very slippy due to being wet from the rain.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Both teams appeared to be going for the win from the start but Hearts walked the game 3-0 in the end, with the home support well behind their team. Food was to a normal standard and nothing special. Torrential rain started in the second half which meant a lot of rain falling on the front row seats of the uncovered lower tiers. There fans were freely allowed to move backwards in the stand to covered sections or to different stands.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Entertaining exit trying to weave my way back to Haymarket Railway Station through the slow moving crowd, the heavy rain had caused rather large puddles to form in areas of the roads and a car nearly ploughed into fans walking on the pavement after driving too fast into one of these. Highly suggest an umbrella if walking back if it is raining as I was soaked through on the short walk back.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
With the exception of the rain it was nice day out, the atmosphere at Tynecastle was excellent and the stadium has a mixture of old and new to it which was a nice balance. I may visit again to check out the new Main Stand once built to see how they have incorporated more modern facilities in keeping with the rest of the stadium.

Hearts v Newcastle United
Pre-Season Friendly
Friday 14th July 2017, 7.45pm
Christopher Johnston (Newcastle United fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Tynecastle Stadium?
 
This was Newcastle's first pre-season friendly, after being promoted back to the Premier League the season before. And with no international tournament, it had been a while since there had been some football. not only that but Edinburgh is the next city north of Newcastle, and it offered to be a good day before the match as well.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Me and my friend got a train up early in the morning, another couple of friends would meet up with us later in the day. The Google Maps App and Hearts fans in Edinburgh all made it easy enough to find the stadium.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
As it was a late kick off me and my friend spent the day in Edinburgh. We pretty much spent the time visiting as many pubs as we could, starting with the Wetherspoon's at the railway station where we got a decent full Scottish breakfast. We then headed off to other pubs including the ones in the old town and made a good pub crawl out of the day. We met both Hearts fans and Hibs fans throughout the day who were all friendly. Hibernian had played our rivals Sunderland a few days earlier, so that was also a talking point.
 
We then headed to the Social Club opposite Tynecastle Stadium, as the other pub nearby was too full. The club was full of Hearts fans and we were unsure if there would be a problem. There wasn't, everyone was friendly and we got chatting to one group of Hearts fans about all things football related. They were the best opposition supporters I had come across, and unless you are a fierce rival of Hearts then I would highly recommend going in there for a pre-match pint and friendly conversation.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Tynecastle Stadium?
 
It's an alright sized ground. At the time the new Main Stand was still under construction, so the capacity was reduced. The views were all clear and reasonably good. In all honesty it's a shame to Scottish football doing so poorly , because the stadium could easily be better, with more premium seating and a higher capacity. There is nothing all that wrong with the stadium, nothing that a lick of paint, and some new seats (which were faded) couldn't solve.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game was what you would expect of a pre-season friendly, Hearts gave a good fight, but Newcastle were 2-1 winners without really needing to get out of second gear.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
No real problems getting away from the stadium, one of my other friends who met us later in the day had parked his car nearby and we were able to get out of Edinburgh reasonably quickly, and got back to Newcastle before 1am, and that included a stop at the services on the way.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A great day out in Edinburgh, and some great football conversations and jokes with the home fans. I would love to go back and do it all again. The home fans I met left such a good impression that I often check up on their scores and cheer them on in the Edinburgh derby.

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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