Construction work on York City FC’s new 8,000 seater community stadium has been delayed.
And the club will not now be able to kick off the 2019/20 season at their new home at Monks Cross in the city.
The 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 had been due to open in July 2019.
York City FC’s Board of Directors said it is ‘extremely disappointed’ by news of a delay in construction of the Community Stadium. The club said in a statement:
The delay, which is out of our control, will inevitably have financial implications for York City Football Club with the loss of four high-profile pre-season fixtures and the cancellation of several commercial events which were designed to mark the club’s departure from Bootham Crescent.
Our supporters should not be alarmed by the news and the Board of Directors wishes to stress that the club will not be leaving Bootham Crescent until the Community Stadium is ready.
The club is now in discussions with City of York Council over the full implications of the delay.
The delay means that the club will start the 2019-20 season at Bootham Crescent.
A City of York Council spokesperson said:
We understand there will be a delay to the completion of the York Stadium Leisure Complex. This would mean a handful of games would not be able to take place in the new stadium as planned and the accompanying leisure facilities will be unable to open as soon as we’d hoped. This is subject to commercial discussions so we cannot comment further.
A significant amount of progress has been made to date, both on and off site, with all stands now visible.
We share the disappointment and frustration the delay will cause. Work will continue with all partners to minimise any delay and open the York Stadium Leisure Complex as soon as possible, without compromising on quality or safety.
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.