Scotland’s Ladbrokes Premiership club Hearts FC will play their opening home games of the new football season at the BT Murrayfield rugby stadium in Edinburgh after delays in completion of their new stand.
The new stand at Tynecastle had been due to open on September 9, but a delay in delivery of the seating for the stand from the Far East, means the ground will not be available for matches until November 5.
Hearts chief executive Ann Budge apologised to fans for the delay. She said:
Firstly, I want to make it absolutely clear that the delay is entirely down to an error on the part of the club and is in no way down to any failure on behalf of Hardies, or any other of our construction partners.
Despite inevitably falling behind at times, due to the appalling weather in June/July, somehow or other he always managed to drive our on-site teams to catch-up. Had we, the club, not “dropped the ball”, I have absolutely no doubt that Derek and his team would have achieved the September target date.
So what went wrong? The club, quite simply, did not process the order for the seats in the required timescale to ensure delivery in line with our plan.
Unfortunately, the supplier did not escalate this and as a consequence our production slot was missed and the required shipping dates could not be met. By the time this came to my attention, there was nothing that could be done to expedite delivery.
Budge said second floor hospitality lounges and new player facilities still opening after the winter break, with the ground floor facilities being completed by 30th March, 2018.
She said that while the Phase 1 target date has slipped, the overall programme remains on schedule.
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