is a football
stadium situated in the Gorgie
area of Edinburgh
. The stadium currently plays host to the home matches of Scottish Premier League
team Heart of Midlothian
. In the 2007-08 season and 2008-09 seasons, Tynecastle was voted as having the best atmosphere in Scotland's top division in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League Fans' Survey.
Tynecastle has a seating capacity
of 17,420, which makes it the eighth largest stadium in Scotland behind Murrayfield
, Celtic Park
, Easter Road
and Rugby Park
Hearts moved to the then peripheral Gorgie
area from central Edinburgh in 1881. This pitch stood on the site of the present-day Wardlaw Street and Wardlaw Terrace. Five years later, with the city continuing to expand, tenements
replaced the old ground and Hearts moved to a New Tynecastle
, the present ground, on the other side of Gorgie Road. Hearts staged a challenge match against Bolton Wanderers
to inaugurate their new home, the first visitors being defeated 4-1.
In 1892 Tynecastle hosted its first international fixture, against Wales
won 6–1 but only 1,200 fans watched because a snow storm had crossed the city and many assumed that the game would be postponed. 1892 also saw Tynecastle provide a roof on the original "South" stand.