A CGI of the new York Community Stadium
Work to build York’s new community stadium should begin in October when contractors move onto the site in Monks Cross.
Work on the construction of a new 8,000 seater stadium in York, which will be home to York City Football Club and York City Knights Rugby League Club, is set to start in October.
The development will support the long-term viability of the clubs and will also enable them to continue and enhance the success of their current community coaching and engagement programmes.
Jason McGill, York City FC chairman, said: "This is exciting news for York City supporters and the city's sporting future.
“I am extremely grateful to the city council, and other associated parties, for their hard work and patience in moving this matter forward.
"If things go according to plan, York City supporters will be watching their team at a new 8,000 capacity stadium by the start of the 2019/2020 season."
Jon Flatman, York City Knights RFLC owner, added: “This is a positive step change for Rugby League in York and North Yorkshire.
"A community stadium will continue the growth of the sport for the professional club, community clubs, universities, colleges and schools.
“We will work hard to bring the 2021 World Cup to York and I look forward to each and every player, volunteer, supporter and coach in the district engaging and benefitting from the investment.”
A new commercial development adjacent to the stadium site will also feature a Cineworld cinema complex, including an IMAX screen, five restaurants and up to three retail units.
There will also be new leisure facilities incorporating a swimming pool, gym, dance studio, indoor and outdoor climbing facilities and a sports hall with spectator seating.
NHS outpatient services will be offered on-site from a community hub, subject to board approval, and there will be a new library and a York Against Cancer retail unit.
Cllr Nigel Ayre, executive councillor with responsibility for the stadium, said: “The community stadium project is about to take a major step forward with building work starting in just a few months.
“Since the last major update there have been several issues to contend with, not least a general election, worries about the impact of Brexit and a failed legal challenge.
“Despite this, we’ve continued to make steady progress and now we have a good idea of how long it will take to complete the build.
“The community stadium will benefit the whole of York with enhanced facilities, and we’ve been able to safeguard the future of Yearsley Pool too.”
The main construction phase is expected to take 16 months.