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York City to kick-off in new stadium

16th February 2021

York City Football Club will mark a new era and christen a new ground tonight as they host AFC Fylde at their new home the LNER Community Stadium, the first sporting event to take place in the brand-new multi-purpose stadium.

The Minstermen will take to the pitch in a promotion chasing clash at the 8,500- capacity stadium under the watchful eye of Manager Steve Watson but without fans in attendance. It is a long-awaited milestone for both club and supporters who vacated Bootham last month – winning the final match at the old stadium 1-0 against Yorkshire rivals Guiseley.

The new stadium will solidify the long-term future of the football club, with additional commercial revenue streams and a state-of-the-art facility to help the team progress on and off the field.

Chairman Jason McGill has led the relocation since he became involved with the club, negotiating the grant with the Football Stadia Improvement Fund to help fund construction of the new stadium.

McGill said: “I’m thrilled that tonight we will play our first match at the LNER Community Stadium. We acknowledge this huge milestone with a mixture of excitement, pride and relief but also with disappointment that our amazing supporters can’t share this important moment in person.

“This new stadium will be a home for the club and our supporters for years to come, providing fantastic matchday experiences and also giving us the opportunity to build the club in many ways. We look forward to welcoming them and the wider people of York and North Yorkshire when we are able.

“Thank you again to all the companies and organisations and stakeholders who have been involved in delivering this amazing stadium for York.”

Cllr Darryl Smalley, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Communities, City of York Council said: "The inaugural game for the LNER Community Stadium is a significant milestone not just for professional sport in York, but for the whole city.

“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 every York resident in the years to come. “With a new state-of-the-art leisure centre, swimming pools, library and NHS Services; the stadium complex is an asset that the local community and wider city should be very proud of.”

York City vs AFC Fylde will be streamed live on the club’s YouTube channel and the club welcome pay-what-you-can contributions for viewing via the virtual turnstile on the club shop.

Coverage starts from 6:45pm.

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