Hearts will play at least three games at the Murrayfield national rugby stadium as completion of the new stand at Tynecastle misses its 9th September deadline. In a statement owner and chairwoman Ann Budge said:
The wettest June/July in years, coupled with the late delivery of seating from the Far East, due to shipping issues, means we will have to invoke our contingency plan and play our first few home fixtures at BT Murrayfield.
While this is disappointing, the cooperation of the management and staff at the SRU means we can accommodate all, indeed even more, of our supporters in fine style at the national rugby stadium.
As those of you who have visited the stadium over the last few weeks will have seen, work is continuing at quite a pace on the new stand. The bulk of the structure is now in place and the roof is scheduled to be fitted by the end of next week. The curtain walling is already looking fantastic and is currently on target to be completed by the middle of August. The internal walls are being constructed and the fit-out has started and is running ahead of schedule in many areas, although there is a large amount of work involved here. Pitch-side too, the demolition work and ground works were completed on schedule and our steel work is well underway.
The project includes seats for 7,500 fans, new media facilities, changing rooms, boardrooms, offices, function rooms, rooftop restaurant and spectator concourse facilities.
Liverpool have spent than £10m on more than 70 ground improvement projects at Anfield over the summer months.
Dumbarton FC’ £14million 3,000-seat stadium at Young’s Farm will need to pass a flood risk assessment. Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has told West Dunbartonshire Council it will object unless a flood risk assessment is carried out and passed.
West end finance
Chelsea is negotiating finance for its new stadium, due to start building in 2019.