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York City Community Stadium construction delayed

A view from inside the Community Stadium taken earlier this month. Photo: Ian Appleyard/York City Football Club

York City are set to start the 2019-20 season at Bootham Crescent following a delay in the construction of their new Community Stadium.

The Minstermen were expecting to move out of their home this summer, where they have played for the last 87 years.

Supporters have been reassured by the club that they won’t leave Bootham Crescent until the new stadium is ready.

However four high-profile pre-season fixtures and several commercial events which were designed to mark the club’s departure have been cancelled.

The club are in discussions with City of York Council over the full implications of the delay, but it will mean that they begin next 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.”

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