As most of you will be aware, Tynecastle Park successfully hosted the opening concert of the Edinburgh International Festival this past Friday.
The de-rigging of the event was completed on schedule on Monday and the club’s groundstaff are currently carrying out remedial works to ensure the pitch is in the best possible condition for Saturday’s Ladbrokes Premiership match against Ross County.
Prior to agreeing to host the concert, we took advice from a number of expert sources, including the companies involved in laying the pitch. Our pitch consultants, STRI Group, were contracted to advise and manage the pitch protection process on our behalf, working throughout with our own groundstaff.
We have always known that the event would have an impact on the aesthetics of the pitch, however, there would be no impact on its playability.
Indeed, as we expected, independent testing carried out post-event has revealed that the traction (or stability of the pitch) is well within the acceptable parameters for elite level football and the pitch firmness is optimal for play. In short, there have been no unforeseen issues relating to the pitch and the first team will train on it, as usual, on Friday.
We were delighted to be given the opportunity to host such a high-profile concert and one that showcased Tynecastle Park to a global audience. The club’s groundstaff will now be working hard over the coming days and weeks to ensure the pitch is restored, as speedily as possible, to its normal state.