Easter Road: Hibernian

Albion Place, Edinburgh, Lothian, EH7 5QG, Scotland

Easter Road has been the home of Hibs since 1893, the year that the ground opened its doors for the first time. The attendance record of 65,860, set when Hearts came to play there in 1950, remains the record for any Scottish football match not held in Glasgow.

The stadium has developed a number of quirks and personality traits over the years, most notably the pronounced slope of the pitch that existed until it was removed at the turn of the new millennium. Life at Easter Road for Hibernian got under way on the 4th of February 1893 when they played a friendly match against Clyde.

Stats

Easter Road Stats
Year Opened1893
Capacity20,421
Average Attendance17,964
Record Attendance65,860 (Hibernian v Hearts (1950))
Pitch Size105 x 68 (7140)
NicknameThe Leith San Siro, The Holy Ground
OwnerHibernian F.C.
Clubs HostedHibernian F.C., Raith Rovers F.C., Edinburgh Rugby
First FixtureHibs v Clyde (04/02/1893)
Hibernian Stats
Year Founded1875
NicknameHibs, Hibees, The Cabbage
Club MascotSunshine the Leith Lynx
RivalsHearts
Previous StadiumsThe Meadows, Hibernian Park
KitGreen & White (Home) / Black (Away)
Training GroundHibernian Training Centre
Shirt SponsorMarathon Bet
Team OwnerSir Tom Farmer
Record GoalscorerLawrie Reilly (187)
Record AppearancesArthur Duncan (446)

Easter Road Photos

Easter Road Seating Plan & Where to Sit

By Daniel from United Kingdom (Hibernian v Kilmarnock (2)Uploaded by Kafuffle) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The two stands that run alongside the pitch at Easter Road are imaginatively named The East Stand and The West Stand. Just as much imagination went into one the stands behind the goal, which is named The South Stand. To give the club their due they weren’t quite as predictable with the one behind the other goal and they named that The Famous Five Stand, after some past players.

Hibernian Ticket Prices

Adults can watch Hibs play for £22, whilst concessions will pay £12 for the pleasure.

How To Get Hibernian Tickets

You can pick up tickets at Easter Road itself, or by going onto the club’s website or calling the ticket office directly. Good news, no booking fees!

Where to Buy

Getting To Easter Road

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Train - Edinburgh is served by a number of train stations, with Edinburgh Waverley being the one you’re most likely to pull into if you’re arriving from afar. It’s about twenty minutes from the ground on foot.

Bus - A number of buses run from Princes Street to the stadium, with the Lothian Region Transport buses the ones you want to keep your eye out for.

Car - The route you’ll take to Easter Road depends on where you’re coming from, but generally speaking you’ll want to get onto the A1 and then follow the signs.

By Air - Edinburgh Airport is the one you’ll want to fly into. It’s around ten miles from the ground or nine miles from the city centre and there are trams and buses you can take.

Taxi - A cab from Waverley Station to the stadium will take less than ten minutes as long as you don’t get caught up in the city’s traffic. You should expect to pay about £7.50.

Parking Near Easter Road

There’s no parking at the stadium and there are also parking restrictions in place that you’ll have to be wary of if you drive there.

Useful Resources

Easter Road Hotels

This is Edinburgh. It's full of great hotels. Here are some of our suggestions:

Park View House Hotel - £50+

14 Hermitage Place, Edinburgh, EH6 8AF
Edinburgh is a remarkably popular city, so you’re not going to be found wanting for places to stay. The Park View is a guest house that is less than a mile from the stadium. Handily it offers free parking as well as free Wi-Fi, breakfast on request and a garden. More details.

Sandaig Guest House - £75+

5 East Hermitage Place, Leith Links, Edinburgh, EH6 8AA
Another guest house, Sandaig is about ten minutes from the ground on foot and has Wi-Fi available if you need it. There’s also a full breakfast included in the cost of your room. There are just nine guest rooms available here and it’s close to the beach, too. More details.

Halcyon Hotel - £85+

8 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh, EH7 5AB
Half a mile from Easter Road is this guest house with fourteen rooms and a garden. It’s ideally located for cultural treats such as the Edinburgh Playhouse, has Wi-Fi and you get a breakfast included in your room price. More details.

Pubs & Bars Near Easter Road

This is Edinburgh. It's full of great pubs. You know where we are going with this:

Belushi’s

9-13 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DE (0131 226 1446)
Belushi’s is one of Edinburgh’s most popular sports bars. There’s a cracking food menu, a decent beer garden and a sister bar called Jake’s Place that is a bit ‘cooler’, complete with whiskey menu and cask ales. They show most live sports too, obviously.

The Cambridge Bar

20 Young Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4JB (0131 226 2120)
This is a fairly standard gastropub, though the burgers are definitely worth trying. It’s a bit off the beaten track but there are a few large screens around and it’s a popular venue for watching sport, so get down there early.

Teuchters Bar

26 William Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7NH (0131 225 2973)
Located in Edinburgh’s West End, Teuchters is a cozy place with a great atmosphere. There are plenty of decent ales and fun beers to be had as well as interesting and quirky things on the menu. Certainly not a run of the mill sports venue!

Hospitality

There are two main locations for hospitality experiences at Easter Road: The Eighteen 75 Gallery and Restaurant and The Edinburgh Suite. Whichever one you opt for you’ll get a first-class experience whatever your requirements. They are aimed at different people, so have a think about what you want to get out of your hospitality experience and work forwards from there. The Gallery includes a 3 course meal, inclusive drinks, executive seating, a host as well as player visits after the game. The Edinburgh Suite is a bit more casual with hot buffet, pay bar, betting facilities as well the post match player appearance.

Private Hire

Whether you’re hoping to celebrate your wedding at Easter Road, have a party or host a meeting, there are plenty of private hire options available to you with a max capacity of 400 event depending. It is one of the leading banqueting and conference venues in the Edinburgh area, so make sure you check it out if you’re hosting an event in the city.

Stadium Tours & Museum

Tours run sporadically but tend to be on Fridays at 2pm and are priced at £10 for adults, £7.50 for concessions and £5 for juniors. You can learn the history and folklore surrounding the ckub, and even walk in the players footsteps before taking your seat to watch the match. There is no museum as such but thee are a lot of artifacts and historic memorabilia on the tour.

About Hibernian

Fans on the pitch at Easter Road in 1985 - By Dont Know (Edinburgh Evening News) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Hibernian Football Club is more commonly known by the name Hibs, and they can boast supporters from Grimsby to New Zealand. Hibs were established in 1875 by a group of Irish immigrants to Edinburgh. Nowadays supporters tend to choose Hibs because of their geographical location in the city rather than any ethnic or religious links. You’ll notice a nod to the club’s Irish heritage in the green and white colours of their crest.

Hibs have won the Scottish top-flight on four occasions, though they haven’t managed it since 1952. They’ve finished as runners-up six times and they’ve also picked up three Scottish Cups over the years, most recently in 2016. They’ve won three Scottish League Cups and have been the champions of the Scottish second-tier on five different occasions.

Easter Road History

View From South Stand Prior to the Renovation of the East Stand in 2006 - By Discosebastian at English Wikipedia (Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

During their early years at the ground Hibernian were only renting Easter Road. The Edinburgh council had plans to develop the area and so the club refused to put any money into it; at one point the club even considered moving to Aberdeen. In 1922 a 25-year lease was agreed, meaning that the club’s owners decided to invest in its development. They built a new Main Stand and also raised terraces on the other three banks.

As with many grounds, the biggest changes to the stadium came in the wake of the decision to requite all top stadia to become all-seater after the Taylor Report into The Hillsborough Disaster was released. Again, the club considered re-locating but in the end chose to redevelop Easter Road instead. The work took fifteen years to complete, starting in 1995 and coming to its conclusion in 2010.

Future Developments

Easter Road East Stand Renovation in 2010 - Stephen Sweeney [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

There are no major plans in place to develop the ground any further, though of course that might change in the future.

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