York City hopes to kick-off new season in LNER Community Stadium

An aerial view of the stadium. Photograph: Town Pix / YouTube
8 Sep 2020 @ 10.45 am
| Sport

New season, new stadium.

That’s the hope at least as York City have announced today (Tuesday) they hope to kick-off the delayed 2020-21 season at the LNER Community Stadium.

In a statement this morning, City said:

  • We are pleased to share the exciting news that the club is hoping to start the new season in the LNER Community Stadium.

    There are some final details to resolve before we can confirm fully, however, we want to keep supporters up to date as to what the club is planning for.

Lots of questions

The club added: “We realise that with this news comes lots of questions and we want to reassure fans that we will release further information regarding capacity, tickets, travel, parking, Covid safety, and more, as soon as we can.”

This announcement comes just hours before the fixtures for the 2020/21 Vanarama National League North season will be released.

The season will begin with FA Cup matches on Saturday, 3 October, with the first league games starting in the week beginning Monday, 5 October.

The club’s development director Ian McAndrew said last month that it was hoped the team would kick off at the new stadium.

But it still has to be safety certified – which will require test events involving 4,000 people.

Kicking off at the new stadium would mean York City have played their last match at Bootham Crescent.

Last week the club said it would “start arrangements for a Farewell Bootham Crescent event to celebrate our iconic ground”. Details will be released “in due course”.