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Hearts push towards moving away from Tynecastle Stadium

Heart of Midlothian are working towards a potential move away from current home ground Tynecastle Stadium.

The Edinburgh club have called the venue home since 1886 but there is a feeling of 'suffocation' and it looks as though they are doing what they can to begin the development of a brand new stadium nearby.

A report jointly commissioned by Hearts and the City of Edinburgh council has concluded that a redevelopment of the current site is out of the question and states that the stadium 'is in poor condition, lacks many amenities, is constrained by adjacent occupiers and is non-UEFA compliant'.

A spokesman for Hearts told the club's official website that it is a difficult situation but insists all parties are working towards a solution.

"The emotional ties are undoubtedly to try and redevelop the existing Tynecastle Stadium. However, this report highlights the extreme difficulties the club faces," the spokesman said.

"The club is suffocating in its present location but the owner (Vladimir Romanov) and board remain determined to develop a first-class footballing arena in the city.

"The report provides a number of significant recommendations relating to potential partnership models and we will consider these over the coming weeks. We must deliver a new stadium in order to meet our aim of building a top-class football team based in west Edinburgh.

"In turn we will be better able to reflect the city's desire for greater business growth, job creation, revenue generation, attraction of more visitors to the city and showcase Edinburgh as a true footballing and sports city as well as a Festival city."

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Andrew Slevison
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