Heart of Midlothian have announced that due to delays in the building of their new Main Stand at Tynecastle Stadium, that they will play their opening SPL home fixtures at the home of Scottish Rugby; Murrayfield. The new Main Stand was due to be opened to spectators for game against Aberdeen on September 9th, but this has now been put back to November 4th for the fixture with Kilmarnock.
Hearts will play their home fixtures against Aberdeen (September 9th), St Johnstone (October 21st) and Rangers on (October 28th) at Murrayfield. The SPL had already allowed Hearts to play their opening August fixtures away from home, whilst the Tynecastle works were being undertaken. But with the Club now looking at not being able to play a proper home match at Tynecastle until November this could be a very testing time for the Club on the pitch.
Hearts though have played at Tynecastle before. The most notable being for a friendly fixture against Barcelona in 2007. Nearly 58,000 fans attended that game. With Murrayfield having a capacity of just over 67,000, it is the largest stadium in Scotland. Located in the West End of Edinburgh it is located around a mile away from Tynecastle Stadium.