Construction work on York City FC’s new 8,000 seater community stadium is due to begin in October.
Contractors will move onto the Monks Cross site in October and the main construction phase is expected to take 16 months.
The 8,000 capacity all-seater stadium will be home to both York City Football Club and York City Knights Rugby League Club – supporting their long-term viability.
It will also enable the two clubs to continue and enhance the success of their current community coaching and engagement programmes.
The £41m community stadium project features a cinema complex, including an IMAX screen, five restaurants, and three retail units which will be run by Cineworld.
Leisure facilities will incorporate a swimming pool, gym, dance studio, and a sports hall with spectator seating.
It is hoped that the leisure facilities and the community hub will be open by Spring 2019 with the stadium complex following in the summer of that year.
Owner and chairman Jason McGill said:
This is exciting news for York City supporters and the city’s sporting future. It is a highly significant announcement which will help safeguard the long-term future of York City Football Club.
I am extremely grateful to the local council and other associated parties for their hard work and patience in moving this matter forward.
If things go according to plan, York City supporters will be watching their team at a new 8,000 capacity stadium by the start of the 2019/2020 season.
He said The Monks Cross community stadium will provide income streams that the club simply don’t have at Bootham Crescent – which has been their home since 1932.