After the final safety checks, the 8,000-seater has been announced as completed. Last week handover to the city council and operator GLL makes the complex ready for the community and sport competitions. The first game at LNER Community Stadium has been scheduled for early January of 2021.
Delayed opening of the new era complex
According to recent plans (after several missed deadlines already) York City FC were sure to begin playing at their new home in the 2020/21 campaign, precisely in October in the FA Cup. The ground’s opening had been hit by several delays, with the latest setback caused by drainage issues. City of York Council first committed to helping finance the new stadium back in 2008 - when the stadium was supposed to be completed by 2012. It means the project is now 8 years overdue.
Councillor Keith Aspden, leader of City of York Council, explained: “The new stadium and wider complex will provide excellent facilities for sports fans and local residents alike. There is no doubt that it will be an incredible home for both York City Football Club and York City Knights, and an important destination for the wider city.”
LNER Community Stadium has been raised for York City Football Club and York City Knights rugby league club. With commercial and social facilities it makes a significant complex for the community. The council and GLL are now working to make sure residents can benefit from many offices, library, medical services, and swimming facilities.
A spokesperson for York City FC additionally said: “This is really positive news. After a long wait, we’re now very close to moving into our new home. We’re aware that there are some final checks and approvals which need to be completed before we can take to the pitch but we’re looking forward to our first match at the LNER Community Stadium.”
Soon opening and early January first game
Ian McAndrew, the stadium development director at York City FC, has said that the club will be in the Community Stadium by “early January” as they seek to ensure the ground is Covid-secure.
The new stadium will replace Bootham Crescent as the home of York City FC and York City Knights. It will be opened to the public on Monday, December 21. The first game for LNER Community Stadium will probably be played on January 12, 2021. York City FC will compete against AFC Fylde then.
Venue will host several games in the Rugby League World Cup next year, including both of the women's semi-finals.
Author: Karol Tatar