News that the new stadium won’t be ready for the start of next football season has been greeted with barely-disguised fury by York City.
We reported on Tuesday (20 February) that the York Stadium Leisure Complex won’t now be completed for the opening matches of City’s 2019-20 campaign.
No reason was given by City of York Council because, it said, of ‘commercial confidentiality’.
York City’s board of directors is exasperated by the news – saying the delay “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”.
Do not be alarmed
The board said supporters “should not be alarmed by the news”, confirming that the club will not be leaving Bootham Crescent until the new stadium at Monks Cross is ready.
That means City will start the 2019-20 season at their old home. The club is in discussions with the council over the full implications of the delay.
The news prompted some interesting comments on fan forum The Red And Blue Net…