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Tuesday, 16 January, 2001, 00:03 GMT
Bulldozers arrive at Easter Road
The West Stand (right) will soon be no more
The West Stand (right) will soon be no more
Bulldozers have started knocking down the West Stand at Hibernian's Easter Road Stadium.

Demolition work by Barr Construction began in earnest at the Scottish Premier League ground on Monday.

A new 6,500-seat, two-tier stand is expected to be completed by July.

The work will increase the capacity from 15,250 to 17,250.

Credit to the club

Existing season ticket holders in the West Stand are to be housed for the duration of the work in the South Stand, according to the club's official website.

Barr Construction also built the new South and Famous Five Stands.

There will inevitably be some disruption and inconvenience.
  Malcolm McPherson
Club chairman Malcolm McPherson said: "Every Hibs fan is delighted that work will begin on a new main stand that will be a credit to our club.

"As a board, we are delighted that, upon its completion, we will be able to offer our supporters one of the best facilities in Scotland.

"Meantime, we would ask everyone to bear with us.

"There will inevitably be some disruption and inconvenience while the new stand is being built, but this is being kept to a minimum thanks to the huge effort being put in by everyone at the club."

Managing director Rod Petrie said: "We felt it was right to make sure that Alex McLeish and the players were behind the plans and the timetable.

Changing facilities

"Temporary changing facilities, shower rooms and treatment rooms will be built for use during the work and these will be located behind the existing stand.

"The players will run out for matches from the North-West corner.

"When the work is completed, the new stand will contain superior changing facilities, treatment rooms, gymnasium, a warm-up area, and rooms for match officials, UEFA observers and the like."

The club is also to install a web-cam so that fans can monitor progress via the Internet by logging on to the club's website.

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