Good Afternoon all.
I just want to give a brief update on a couple of things in connection with the replay against Raith Rovers on Wednesday evening at Tynecastle. While none of us would have chosen to be facing a replay situation, we are, of course, getting right behind the team and pulling out all the stops to get things ready for the game.
The logistical issues are many and varied with only 3 days to get things ready for our next home game instead of the 10 days we expected to have in preparation for the Rangers game. These challenges are, of course, compounded by the scale of work going on at the stadium. However, with everyone pulling together and with your continued support and understanding, we will get there!
An announcement has now gone out regarding ticketing arrangements. We had to wait until we had confirmation from the SFA that the Broadcasters did not wish to televise the game, before we could announce anything. We also had to confirm a number of things with Raith Rovers. All arrangements were finalised between yesterday evening and first thing this morning and I am pleased to say everything is now running smoothly on the ticketing front. We will be providing cash gates for the away supporters and will announce as soon as practicable, whether any cash gates will be available for home supporters. From a practical perspective this causes some issues and so we are concentrating on ticket sales at this point.
We had to expedite and change some of the building site plans this morning in order to ensure we could safely open all stands for the game. This caused a slight delay in making announcements. However, we were very keen to allow season ticket holders the chance to buy their own seats, something that may not be possible if we reach the next round. With the co-operation of our building contractors, I am pleased to say that we will be able to safely accommodate a full house.
Our hospitality team is also working “flat out” to ensure we can satisfy the varying demands from our lounges. The Gorgie suite will be open for the match, as will the Bobby Walker lounge. The John Robertson Season ticket holders will also be able to use their own seats and take their hospitality in the Bobby Walker Lounge and we will be running a one-off Willie Bauld Club in the Gorgie Suite with those members being allocated their usual seat in the main stand. Full details are being finalised and will be published soon.
There is simply not enough time to produce a programme for the game but we are working on this and will produce a programme retrospectively for all those collectors amongst us. Full details will be provided as soon as we are in a position to do so.
So whether it is ticketing, hospitality, facilities, ground staff, security, marketing staff…. we are all working hard to put on a great match experience on Wednesday. We will all be right behind the team when they run out onto the pitch. With four new signings in the starting line – up on Sunday, we have plenty to look forward to and I am sure the new players will get a warm welcome to Tynecastle. We are hoping for a full house of supporters to give the team a true Tynecastle welcome, and to be that “twelfth man” to ensure we bring home a victory which will set us up for the prize of a great local derby.
As Scot Wilson always says: Let’s get right behind your team and let’s make some noise.
See you on Wednesday!