Hibs will be able to use their newly built stand that has been completed early and now mens they can use it for their opening SPL match against Rangers on August 22.
An upgrade to Hibernian’s Easter Road ground has been completed ahead of schedule. The club’s new East Stand, which will take the stadium’s capacity to 20,250, will be open in time for the club’s first home game of the season against Rangers on August 22.
The 6,500-seater stand, which replaced the former East Terrace, will house 3,000 season ticket holders who were temporarily moved behind the goals alongside the away support.
Hibs’ chief executive, Scott Lindsay, praised everybody who was involved in the development, which began in March this year, and has called on home supporters to turn out for the opening match against the SPL champions.
“From the day that the demolition team moved onto site, this has been a real team effort,” Lindsay told Hibs’ official website.
“There have been numerous people and companies involved and everyone has worked beyond the call of duty to get the new East Stand on line in time for our first home fixture of the new SPL campaign.
“We're absolutely thrilled to be able to open the East Stand in time for the match against the SPL champions and everyone at the club, not least the manager and players, cannot wait for kick-off in front of a capacity crowd in the completed Easter Road stadium.
“It will be an historic moment, one that many fans will not want to miss and it would be wonderful to mark the occasion with a full house and an electric atmosphere inside the new-look stadium.”
The announcement will also come as welcome news to travelling Rangers supporters, who had complained over a reduced allocation for the match because of home supporters needing to be housed in the South Stand.