Hearts will pay tribute to 103-year-old Tynecastle main stand with commemorative kit in final home game of the season

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BY ALAN TEMPLE – @CCP_Sport

HEARTS will wear a commemorative home kit when they play in front of Tynecastle’s iconic main stand for the final time next month.

The 103-year-old structure, designed by famed architect Archibald Leitch, will be demolished at the end of the season to make way for the £12 million redevelopment of the stadium, which will see the capacity increased to more than 20,000.

While Hearts’ last home match of the campaign will be formally confirmed when the post-split fixtures are announced, the Jambos yesterday revealed that they will be sporting a bespoke shirt for that occasion.

It boasts a gold emblem of the main stand and bears the name of Leitch, while there is also a version available for Hearts’ ‘Roseberry’ away top.

They will be available for fans to buy at the end of next week, with all profits from the sales going towards the Tynecastle Redevelopment Fund.

A Hearts spokesperson said: “We have produced a pair of limited edition commemorative jerseys with a stunning gold motif, celebrating 103 years of maroon memories.

Hearts striker Isma Goncalves sports the specially-designed shirt (Pic: Heartsfc.co.uk)

“With these tops, the club remembers a stunning example of stadium architecture designed by esteemed stadium architect, Archibald Keir Leitch.

“Along with the main stand at Craven Cottage and the facade of the main stand at Ibrox, the main stand at Tynecastle remains one of just a few remaining projects built by Leitch.

“We know this stand holds so many memories for generations of Hearts fans and we look forward to celebrating these memories with some key events later in the season.”

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