Tynecastle Park football [soccer] stadium’s capacity rose from 17,400 seats to over 20,000 seats after renovation using SPS structural composite terraces [bleachers], making it the sixth-largest football stadium in Scotland after its 2017 redevelopment. The Park is home to Scottish Premiership Club, Heart of Midlothian, who, with redevelopment partners, James Clydesdale Architects, construction consultant, Hardies, and engineers, Cundal, specified the use of SPS terraces in this expansion project in the upper stand section – Rows 11-37. The new terraces accommodate 4,200 seats and were delivered to site with pre-drilled hardware attachment holes for rapid seat and handrail installation, and an anti-slip wearing surface.
Access to the site was tight, so modular light-weight terraces that could be installed pitch-side using a small crane was a huge benefit. Their weight meant that the terraces could be lifted over the pre-existing stand in sequenced bundles, straight from the delivery truck. They were stored on the pitch until installation. A total 2,050m² [22,000 ft²] of SPS terraces were specified in the design.
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