Finally City of York Council has offered an explanation of sorts as to why the opening of York Stadium keeps being pushed back.

Delays to the new project have been partly caused by “issues relating to the electrical supply connections”, according to council documents.

The detail is included in a report prepared for a meeting on Wednesday.


But no further information about the nature of the problem have been revealed and the council would not confirm what exactly the issues with electrical supply connections are or how they are being resolved.

The local authority also declined to say whether the problems are related to a major power cut at the neighbouring Vangarde shopping centre in January.

‘Understandably disappointing’

A date that now looks rather hopeful…
The report, to be presented to councillors by the executive member for performance Cllr Nigel Ayre, says:

  • As already announced at the executive meeting in June, we have recently been notified by the building contractor of a delay.

    This arises due to issues relating to the electrical supply connections, which will delay some aspects of the build programme.

    It is understandably disappointing that the stadium is delayed further, and I share in the frustration of sports fans and local residents who want to see the stadium up and running.

It adds that staff from contractor Buckingham Group have assured the council that they are working on the project as fast as possible.

The stadium has been hit by a string of delays. York City FC were supposed to kick off the news season there, but that plan has long since been abandoned.

Last month council leader Keith Aspden said it may not even open this year.