Ground Name: Tynecastle Stadium Capacity: 17,400 (all seated) Address: Gorgie Rd, Edinburgh, EH11 2NL Pitch Size: 107 x 74 yards Club Nickname: Hearts or Jam Tarts Year Ground Opened: 1886 Undersoil Heating: Yes What's The Ground Like? The ground has 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. Future Developments The Club have announced ambitious plans to re-develop the Main Stand side of the ground. The £51m development will not only see a new 10,000 capacity stand being built, but new dressing rooms, media & conference facilities. In addition a hotel is to be built on the site, as well as a conference and exhibition hall, offices, gymnasium and some residential apartments. The new stand will be two tiered and will also include 26 executive boxes. The upper tier will be semi circular in design, similar in to existing stands at Wembley and the City of Manchester Stadium, although on a smaller scale. The Club hoped to commence work on the project in Summer 2009with the new stand ready for the start of the 2010/11 season, but are still waiting on the Council planning permission procedures to come to a conclusion. The stand will boost the capacity of Tynecastle to 23,000 with further expansion capabilities for up to 35,000. What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters? 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 like at all grounds. However in the bigger matches, especially European nights, the "tin can" design of Tynecastle creates an atmosphere to match any club in Europe, even stadiums with far higher capacity. Even the likes of Franz Beckenbauer has commented that Tynecastle rivals the other major stadia around Europe for atmosphere. Where To Drink? The Station Bar in Gorgie Road to the west of the stadium always has a warm welcome for away fans. Ryries and The Roseburn Bar are also good pubs for travelling support and are within 10 mins walking distance of the ground' Any neutral visitors should of course visit the legendary Athletic Arms. Other notable bars include the Tynecastle Arms, which is only a corner kick away from the ground and among the memorabilia on display is the Jersey worn by Super Wayne Foster when he scored the winning goal Against Hibs in a cup tie a few years ago. The bar is located on Gorgie Road and gets very busy on match days, so get there early'. My favourite pub near to the ground is the Athletic Arms (Now that Robertson's is closed). The pub, nicknamed 'Diggers' as it overlooks a graveyard, serves great beer and has great service. In fact it's not unusual to see fans just ordering with their fingers, as when you just indicate, two, three, four, the barman knows that you just want their excellent ale. Other pubs of note are Stratfords on Gorgie Road and The Haymarket in Haymarket, 10 mins walk from the ground. How To Get There By Car & Where To Park 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 is very limited in the immediate area, and will be difficult to find if you aren't from the city, so it is recommended not to travel by car unless you wish to use a pay car park, charged at the standard rate of up to £10 for up to 4 hours. For a map showing the location of the ground click here By Train The nearest train station is Edinburgh Haymarket, which is around a 10-15 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. Admission Prices The club operate a category system for matches (A & B), so that admission prices are varied dependant on which club is being played. Home Fans: Platinum: Cat A - £34, Concessions £24 Cat B - £28, Concessions £18 Gold: Cat A - £30, Concessions £18 Cat B - £24, Concessions £15, Under 12's £7 Silver: Cat A - £27, Concessions £17 Cat B - £21, Concessions £14, Under 12's £7 Bronze: Cat A - £22, Concessions £13 Cat B - £15, Concessions £10, Under 12's £7 Away Fans: Roseburn Stand (Upper Centre): Adults £30 (£24), Concessions £18 (£15) Roseburn Stand (Upper Wings & Lower Tier): Adults £27 (£21), Concessions £17 (£14) Category A games: Celtic, Rangers & Hibernian. Concessions apply to Under 18's, over 65's and students in full time education. Programme & Fanzines Official Programme £2.50 No Idle Talk Fanzine £1. ATB (Always the Bridesmaid) Fanzine £1. Ground Layout As of the 2009/10 season, the lower tier of both the Roseburn and Gorgie Stand have been re-allocated as "Bronze" sections instead of "Silver". Disabled Facilities 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.