Hibernian Football Club is set to begin work on a new 6,400 stand straight after the game against St Johnstone on Saturday.

The new development will increase Easter Road's capacity to 20,250 and will be completed for early next season.

The stand is expected to cost £4million to complete.

Hibs' chairman, Rod Petrie said: "Saturday's match against St Johnstone will be an emotional day for many supporters and all of us at the Club, as we say goodbye to the old East Terrace.

“Once the new stand is finished, Hibernian will have one of the finest football stadiums in Scotland and the largest, fully covered UEFA compliant football stadium outside Glasgow.”

Petrie also praised the club's financial strength in a challenging time for football and the economy as a whole.

Hibs have made a bottom line profit for five consecutive years and hope the extra capacity will continue to boost revenue.

Manager John Hughes was delighted with the news and said: "The completion of Easter Road Stadium will make it one of the finest footballing venues in the country, and I'm excited about the team playing in what will be a real fortress.

“Easter Road will only get louder with the new stand and we can't wait for it to be completed and opened."

Posted on 23/02/2010