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4th August 2017
Published by: The Scotsman

Hearts’ main stand delayed after club forgot to order seats

Hearts chief executive Ann Budge has admitted that the delay on the building of the club’s new Main Stand is “entirely down to an error on the part of the club” after they forgot to order the seats. 

READ MORE - Hearts to stage games at Murrayfield due to main stand delay The club released a statement on Thursday afternoon confirming the delay, announcing the club has moved three of its first four home games to Murrayfield, while switching the other against Partick Thistle to Firhill. 

The statement explained that due to the weather and a late delivery of seating the “open for business” day has been pushed to Sunday 5 November, when the club will face Kilmarnock after the game had been switched from Saturday 4 November. 

Budge said: “The wettest June/July in years, coupled with the late delivery of seating from the Far East, due to shipping issues, means we will have to invoke our contingency plan and play our first few home fixtures at BT Murrayfield. 

”However, Hearts have explained in greater detail the issues which have caused the short-term move to Murrayfield. Namely, they didn’t order the seats for the stand. The statement read: “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. 

“Derek Ferrier, Director of Hardies, has been unbelievable in his drive and commitment to achieving the September target date. Every day, we were faced with different problems and every day he found solutions. 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.

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