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
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Hibees
Year Ground Opened: 1893
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: Marathon Bet
Kit Manufacturer: Macron
Home Kit: Green and White
Away Kit: White and Green

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 Easter Road ground is around a twenty minute walk away from Edinburgh Waverley Railway 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 official Hibernian FC Website).

Heart Of Midlothian.

Record Attendance

65,860 v Heart Of Midlothian, 1950. 

Average Attendance

2017-2018: 18,124 (Premier League)
2016-2017: 15,394 (Championship League)
2015-2016: 9,339 (Championship League)

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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 Aberdeen
Scottish Premier League
Saturday 14th October 2017, 3pm
Mark Steele (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Easter Road ground?
 
This was actually my first ever trip to Edinburgh. I always thought Hibernian and Hearts had two of the nicer stadia in the SPFL and with Tynecastle Stadium being renovated, Easter Road was the obvious choice to visit first. Also, unlike many of their divisional rivals, Hibernian allow you to but match tickets weeks in advance so planning a visit is very easy even if you are not local.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Getting to Easter Road was very easy. I'd taken the Tram into the city centre and spent some time there before walking the 20 minutes or so up from the direction of Waverley Station.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I visited Hibernian's quite large club shop. A good range of stuff, but the clothing is made by Macron which means that they have a rather - er- "ambitious" idea of sizes. Try before you buy! On the way up to the ground I passed several pubs with fans of both sides drinking together very peacefully before the game. That in itself is a good advert for Scottish football.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Easter Road Stadium?
 
Easter Road has clearly been well looked after and modernised with four clean stands all offering an unobstructed view of the pitch. Because I am a rocket scientist I had got a ticket for the top row of the very tall East Stand. At my age, by the time I'd climbed to the top I think I needed oxygen treatment!
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc.
 
Before the game, I tried the chicken curry pie (£2.40 and recommended) and the sausage roll (avoid). There are plenty of refreshment kiosks and the toilets are well maintained and clean. The game was a tight affair. Both sets of fans in the 19,000+ crowd got vociferously behind their teams. There were very few clear cut chances as both sides defended really well, but one moment of quality won the game for the visiting side.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Like many of the fans I walked back to the city centre after the game. An easy walk and again no trouble among the supporters.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
An enjoyable day out - both Hibernian and Aberdeen are very watchable sides and Easter Road is well worth a visit. Think I'll go in the West Stand next time though.

Hibernian v Montrose
Scottish League Cup Group Stage
Saturday 15th July 2017, 3pm
Phil Armstrong (Neutral fan)

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

This visit to Easter Road was a new stadium for me to visit and tick off my limited 'Doing the 42' checklist.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Easter Road was a 20 minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station. It was easy enough to find, once I spotting some Hibs fans and followed them to the stadium itself. I had to go to the ticket office to pick up my ticket which is located by the turnstiles of the West Stand in a little brick building that stands out.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I got a bite to eat at the food court at Waverely station which had several big branded fast food restaurants with a lot of choice. Never hassled by any of the home or away fans at any point.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Easter Road Stadium?
 
The Easter Road Stadium is designed well from what I could see, with wide concourses, seating well spaced out and with good leg room. I was sitting in the second row of the East Stand which is the most modern stand at the stadium so the facilities and leg room may just apply to this stand. The other stands appeared to have a quite steep banking the further back the rows go.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Although there were four goals in the game the standard of football was poor. Officially there were 5,226 in attendance but the empty seats out-numbered the filled ones, which dampened the atmosphere some what.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
The foregone conclusion of the 4-0 result for Hibs meant fans were leaving before the final whistle and the lack of anyone left at the end of the game meant getting away back to Edinburgh Waverley was simple enough.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
I wasn't surprised by the result, but the quality of football was poor and coupled with a 25% full stadium meant that it wasn't particularly memorable. Still it was a simple enough trip, another ground ticked off the list and Easter Road is a nice enough stadium.

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.

 

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Updated 5th August 2018

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