York City FC are hoping to start playing at the new LNER Community stadium from January as the complex prepares to open parts to the public from Monday 21 December. The project was first proposed in 2009 and was due to open in July this year, however years of delays have meant it has only reached completion now.
The York stadium leisure complex, situated with easy access to the city centre at Monks Cross, is York’s newest leisure and entertainment destination, funded and owned by City of York Council.
The stadium has capacity to seat 8,500 and will host both York City FC and York City Knights. Alfie Evans, a York City FC player, said “We’re all really excited to christen the pitch and win some games. This is a big move for us from Bootham Crescent, but we hope that access to these facilities brings us more opportunities.” York has also been announced as a host for the Rugby League World Cup in 2021, meaning the new venue has been completed at the perfect time.
The official Rugby League World Cup 2021, tweeted just yesterday and said “We can’t wait to head to York next year – the LNER Community Stadium looks excellent.”
The stadium leisure complex includes a large fully equipped gym, a 25m 6–lane heated swimming pool, teaching pool and children’s splash pad, fitness class studios, a clip n’ climb, four court sports hall and viewing gallery, outdoor floodlit 3G pitches and a café.
For more information, visit https://www.better.org.uk/york-stadium-leisure-complex.