A couple of months ago the Hibernian Historical Trust in association with the football club held its sixth annual Open Day at the stadium as part of the Leith Festival 2017.
Good weather helped us to attract another bumper crowd for the free event and it is estimated that around 5000 turned up on the day. Large queues had started to form well before the doors opened at 1pm, the fine sunny weather fortunately helping to keep everyone in a jovial mood and our mascot ‘Sunshine’ proving particularly popular with the younger kids.
Once inside the stadium there was plenty to interest all with numerous stalls manned by volunteers from different members of the Hibs family including the Hibs Kids, the Football Memories programme, Let’s Work Together, Dnipro Kids and HSL, with plenty of stewards on hand to help if needed. The arterial walk round tour that could be done at your own leisurely pace proved again to be a great success and our free competition that gave the younger fans the chance to win one of the new home jerseys proving a particular hit.
GOOD WEATHER HELPED US ATTRACT ANOTHER BUMPER CROWD AND IT IS ESTIMATED THAT AROUND 5000 TURNED UP ON THE DAY.
The many exhibition cabinets positioned around the stadium contained items as diverse as the Scottish Cup display, the career medals of the great Gordon Smith, a fantastic model of Easter Road stadium as it appeared in the 1950’s and many other artefacts reflecting the significant part played by the club in the promotion of the Scottish game throughout the years. One of the highlights of the afternoon, and one that received equal interest from both young and old, was our recently acquired Lego scale model of Easter Road Stadium.
As well as the Boardroom with its collection of memorabilia, a visit to the directors seating area, the hospitality suits and the Players Lounge, both the latter with its own collection of artefacts from the clubs colourful past all created plenty of interest, as did the press room, TV interview room and the officials changing rooms. Particularly popular with all ages were the home and away dressing rooms before people could take advantage of a photo opportunity pitch side.
The East Terracing Stones situated behind the East Stand with their often poignant messages proved particularly popular with the supporters, many of the panels containing personal memories of those who are no longer with us. After the East terracing it was onto the concourse of the Famous Five Stand and the opportunity to have your photo taken with the Championship Trophy won by the first team and both the Scottish and League Cups won by the Hibs Ladies, before the afternoon culminated in a visit to the club shop and a chance to purchase from the wide range of items pertaining to the club including the newly released first team kit.
The fine weather had helped in making it a most enjoyable afternoon for all, but a special thanks must go to all the volunteers who gave up their time to make the event so successful, with particular thanks to everyone who turned up on the day.
Easter Road Stadium Tours
As well as the annual Open Day, there are also regular guided tours of the stadium. The tours normally last around two hours and take place each Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock, except when there is a home game the following day.
Extremely popular with supporters and visitors alike, the trips give you the chance to see behind the scenes of a famous football club where you can immerse yourself in 142 years of tradition, heritage and drama that has coursed through the club since its humble beginnings in 1875.
Written by Tom Wright