FOLLOWING the City of York Council statement regarding the York Community Stadium, York City Football Club Chairman Jason McGill has issued the comment below.
“The delay is frustrating and has financial implications for the Football Club, as we will now be remaining at Bootham Crescent for a further season. Our current home is in need of repair and the cost of operating the site continues to grow. We will be meeting with Council representatives to discuss these problems and the loss of income from the delayed move shortly.
“However, the positive aspect is that this is the first time the timeline for building the community stadium has been set in stone. It is encouraging to see the firm commitment from the City of York Council and I am sure they will deliver and achieve this realistic schedule. I recently met with Cllr Chris Steward, Cllr Nigel Ayre and the new City of York Council chief executive Steve Stewart. The meeting was positive and they gave their full support in writing for the community stadium project, its delivery and completion.
“York City Football Club will now move into the new community stadium during the close season, which is also advantageous from a football and operations perspective. Our exciting end of an era activities will now take place during Summer 2017, when we will be able to mark our departure from Bootham Crescent in a proper, fitting way, as this will be an emotional and nostalgic time for many of our supporters.”