‘Community stadiums have been success’

the idea of the council throwing in its lot with Hearts as partners in the building of a new “community football stadium” won’t be universally popular in the Capital.

City leaders are stressing that the local authority is in no position to sink millions of pounds into the project even if it wanted to do so.

The help it is likely to be able to offer should it team up with the Jambos is in providing land.

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Sighthill Park is the obvious location, having previously been deemed suitable by the council for a multi-purpose sports stadium, and being one of the few locations that will be served by the tram. Should the park be earmarked again there will be local protests.

And there will be mutterings from many Hibs fans who will recall past perceived injustices their club suffered at the hands of the local authority.

But we shouldn’t forget that just weeks ago the council was being accused of anti-Hearts bias over its handling of the club’s plans for improvements at Tynecastle.

City leaders must stay focused on the bigger picture. Community stadiums have proved a huge success in other parts of the UK and one here could potentially provide first-class facilities for Edinburgh Rugby and other sports.

There are many possible pitfalls that need to be explored, but the potential gains mean this is an idea that has to be explored.

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