Tynecastle (Hearts)

A short trip up to Edinburgh for the world’s best arts festival meant only one thing to me – Tynecastle and Easter Road. Oh, and Meadowbank, obviously.

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Tynecastle was first up and honestly was quite disappointing from the outside. I’ve been in once before and it’s a decent enough stadium, but it’s not very photogenic. We circled the ground looking for a decent angle, something to photograph, but there was nothing. Even the stands seem to be walled off and hard to really get a good look at, with turnstiles just randomly plonked away from the stands. It’s as if the shy bastards knew I was coming.

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There was an old-school charm to a lot of the brickwork, with guttering in club colours, and a lot of the stands have massive sets of stairs you have to climb up jut to access the stadium. Really this saves it – the steps seem to be a disappearing feature of new stadia so any ground with these, complete with handrails also in club colours, wins big points in my eyes.

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Overall, a disappointing ground to visit purely as a tourist but to visit for a game I’m happy to confirm it looks magical.

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