Easter Road
Easter Road is the home ground of Scottish Premier League football club Hibernian. Located in the Leith area of Edinburgh, the stadium currently has a capacity of 20,421 seats. It has long been known by Hibs' fans as "The Holy Ground", or more affectionately; "The Leith San Siro". Hibs first played at the present site of Easter Road in 1893. The record attendance of 65,860, when the stadium had vast terracing sections, was set by an Edinburgh derby on 2 January 1950. The stadium was long noted for its pronounced slope, but this was removed at the end of the 1999”“00 season.

When Hibs were formed in 1875, the club played its matches on the Meadows to the south of the Old Town of Edinburgh. The club first moved to the Easter Road area in 1880, which was on the outskirts of Edinburgh at the time, to a ground known as Hibernian Park. When Hibs suffered financial difficulties in the early 1890s, the lease on Hibernian Park expired. The club then leased the present site in 1892, played their first match there the following year and have played their home games there ever since. Before the Taylor Report demanded that the stadium be all-seated, the ground had vast banks of terracing on three sides, which meant that it could hold crowds in excess of 60,000. Easter Road's record attendance of 65,860, which is also a record for a football match played in Edinburgh, was set by an Edinburgh derby played on 2 January 1950. This came during a post-war attendance boom, with the club even having planned at one time to expand capacity to nearly 100,000. The East Stand was greatly reduced and roofed in the mid-1980s. After Sir Tom Farmer took control of Hibernian in 1991, the club proposed to sell the ground and move to a site owned by Farmer in Straiton. Those plans were abandoned in 1994, however, and the stadium underwent major redevelopment in order to comply with the Taylor Report. Stands behind each goal ( the Famous Five Stand and the South Stand) were built in 1995, at a cost of £8 million. The ground was made all seated by the installation of 'bucket seats' in the East Terrace during 1995. Views of the pitch from this stand were somewhat restricted by supporting pillars. The West Stand, which has a capacity of 6,500 and is similar in design to the North and South Stands, was built in 2001 to replace the ageing main stand. A reception area, club offices, media centre, banqueting suites, hospitality area and changing rooms are located in the West Stand. A move to Straiton was again proposed in 2003, with Rod Petrie commenting that any decision would be made based on financial arguments and after consultation with the fanbase. Farmer expressed support for redeveloping Easter Road if it could be part of a viable business plan during the consultation, The consultation found that the fans were largely opposed to the proposal, which was subsequently dropped. It also produced some ideas for improving the club's financial performance. The club obtained planning permission to replace the East Stand in 1999, and this was renewed in 2005. Hibs started a consultation process with supporters on the redevelopment of that stand in 2007. After posting their accounts for the year ended 31 July 2008, however, Rod Petrie stated that the development was on hold until sufficient cash resources could be obtained to finance the project. After completing the consultation process, Hibs found that a single tier stand would be more popular, due to the need to "retain the essential feel of an uncomplicated viewing area". Petrie announced at the club's 2009 AGM that the club would enter negotiations with building contractors to establish an updated cost for rebuilding the stand. After these negotiations were concluded, Hibs announced in February 2010 that work would immediately begin on a new East Stand, increasing capacity to 20,421. Demolition of the old stand began in early March, and the stand was opened a month ahead of schedule in August 2010.

Uses other than Hibs matches

Club football
Kirkcaldy club Raith Rovers used Easter Road as a home venue once, for the home leg of a UEFA Cup tie against Bayern Munich in 1995. The match was moved from Rovers' normal home ground of Stark's Park due to Easter Road's greater capacity. Easter Road has sometimes played host to Scottish League Cup semi-final matches. Recent examples of this include Dunfermline 1”“0 Livingston in 2006, Hearts 2”“3 Motherwell in 2005 and Livingston 1”“0 Dundee in 2004.

International football
Scotland have played four full international matches at Easter Road, all since 1998. These have been friendly matches against less attractive opposition where a relatively small crowd is expected, and it has therefore been unnecessary to play the match at Hampden Park. The Scotland under-21 team also sometimes play matches at Easter Road, such as when Scotland played Iceland in the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification play-offs on 11 October 2010. The most recent full international played at the stadium was a friendly match involving South Korea and Ghana, played in advance of the 2006 World Cup. International stars such as Michael Essien, Stephen Appiah and Park Ji-Sung played in the match, which Ghana won 3”“1. Full internationals played at Easter Road

Rugby Union
Easter Road was briefly the home ground for the Edinburgh Rugby professional rugby union team in the late 1990s. It was reported by the Edinburgh Evening News in 2006 that Scottish Rugby Union officials wanted to use Easter Road as Edinburgh's home ground, but nothing came of this. Hibs were concerned at the time that playing rugby would damage the quality of the Easter Road pitch. It was reported in the summer of 2007 that Edinburgh Rugby looked into the possibility of using Easter Road again due to a rift betweent the club and the Scottish Rugby Union, the owner of Murrayfield Stadium. The dispute was resolved, however, and Edinburgh Rugby played their matches in the 2007”“08 season at Murrayfield.

Sir Elton John performed Easter Road's first rock concert on 25 June 2005. This had a detrimental effect on the quality of the pitch throughout the following season, and it is doubtful whether further concerts will be held at the stadium.

One of the hospitality suites within the stadium staged an amateur boxing show on 15 November 2009.

Homeless World Cup
The international headquarters of the Homeless World Cup is based in the South Stand of the stadium.

Edinburgh Waverley railway station, the main station in Edinburgh, is approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from the stadium; the walk between the two sites takes approximately 20 minutes. The Edinburgh Trams system, which is currently under construction, will serve the stadium by the McDonald Road tram stop on Leith Walk. Easter Road is served by several Lothian Buses routes. Services 7, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 22, 25 and 49 run down Leith Walk; services 1 and 35 run down Easter Road itself; services 4, 5, 15, 19, 26, 34, 44 and 45 run along London Road and routes 34 and 49 serve Lochend Road. Several First Edinburgh routes also serve the area. Visitors to the ground travelling by car can park in the surrounding streets.

22 April 1998 Scotland 1”“1 Finland International Challenge Match Attendance: 14,315 Referee: Herman van Dijk (Netherlands) Jackson 16' (Report) Johansson 10' 15 October 2002 Scotland 3”“1 Canada International Challenge Match Attendance: 16,207 Referee: L Huyghe (Belgium) Crawford 11' 73' Thompson 49' (Report) De Rosario 9' ( pen) 30 May 2004 Scotland 4”“1 Trinidad and Tobago International Challenge Match Attendance: 16,187 Referee: Pieter Vink (Netherlands) Fletcher 6' Holt 12' Caldwell 23' Quashie 35' (Report) John 55' 17 November 2004 Scotland 1”“4 Sweden International Challenge Match Attendance: 15,071 Referee: Jaroslav Jara (Czech Republic) McFadden 77' ( pen) (Report) Allbäck 27' 49' Elmander 72' Berglund 73' 4 June 2006 South Korea 1”“3 Ghana International Challenge Match Attendance: 7,600 Referee: Dougie McDonald (Scotland) Lee 49' (Report) Gyan 35' ( pen) Muntari 62' Essien 81'

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