First look: Five-a-side pitches installed at York Stadium

One of the artificial pitches at York Stadium. Photographs: YorkMix

More evidence of the progress at York Stadium arrived with the installation of the artificial pitches.

The five-a-side pitches have now been laid in the space between the stadium itself and the Vangarde Shopping Centre.

Four 3G pitches have been created, complete with goals and perimeter fence.

The pitches are part of the leisure facilities at the stadium

They are part of the public leisure facilities at the complex, which also include a swimming pool, gym and sports hall.

The development comes in the week that York City FC reiterated the fact that they have no official date for moving in to the Monks Cross stadium.

Opening date uncertainty

Progress at the complex
It comes after York City Knights revealed that the stadium will host a 2020 Betfred Super League fixture between Toronto Wolfpack and Wakefield Trinity on Sunday 22 March.

That suggested that a date had been fixed for when the two teams could definitely play at the new ground.

But in their statement, York City said:

  • We would like to reiterate that there can be no specific move-in date or confirmed fixtures at the new stadium for the football club as it stands.

    As stated previously the latest from City of York Council is that we expect the handover will occur early 2020, with test events then due to take place thereafter in order to receive certification, from a health and safety point of view, in order to allow spectator occupation of the stadium.

    We cannot confirm a specific fixture or move-in date until this process is complete, with any potential date inaccurate at this point.

One date we do know for sure – on 13 December the Cineworld at the complex will open.

And the section of the stadium which will house the big cinema is now illuminated with a strip of multi-coloured lights.

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