Construction for a new 8,000 capacity sports stadium to be shared by York City F.C and York City Knights rugby league team is set to begin early next year after being delayed in 2013.
Set to cost an expected £37 million the facilities which will replace The Minsterman’s current home at Bootham Crescent will include a swimming pool, state of the art gym and several artificial football pitches all for public use.
Initially delayed due to the discovery of great crested newts and unspecified procurement delays although construction could not occur until the Hungtindon Stadium, home to York’s rugby side was demolished and the site cleared.
With Greenwich Leisure Ltd having now resolved the issues, the City of York Council have announced that works on the new facility at Monks Cross will go ahead as planned at the start of the new year.
Chris Symons, director of development for GLL, the company awared the contract said, “We are delighted to have been selected as the preferred bidder for the Community Stadium and Leisure Complex in York.
“The plans for the new stadium, leisure centre and community hub, are truly ground breaking and represent a unique scheme that is sure to become a flagship project regionally as well as nationally.”
The new ground represents an exciting opportunity for the League Two side and hopefully it will inspire more smaller sides to upgrade their facilities in the near future.