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Talks over possible safe standing

21st September 2018

York City Football Club has confirmed that the possibility of safe standing or rail seating at the new Community Stadium is currently being explored with key stakeholders.

The club is due to leave Bootham Crescent - its home since 1932 - at the end of the 2018-19 season and will re-locate - along with the York City Knights Rugby League club - to the new 8,000 all-seater stadium provided by the City of York Council at Monks Cross.

A statement released on behalf of the club's board of directors states:

"It is widely documented that the conditions of the club's Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF) loan stipulate that the new stadium should be all-seater. Those conditions will need to be met in order for the loan to be converted into a FSIF grant. Any changes to the plan for an all-seater stadium will require an amendment by the FSIF to the terms of their loan.

"The club is aware that the introduction of rail seating and safe standing is a topic of great debate among football fans and in the football industry which has gained momentum in recent times. Discussions have taken place with various key stakeholders about this as a possibility at the new stadium.

"It would be premature to comment further at this stage because those discussions are still on-going."

Commenting on the issue, Councillor Nigel Ayre, executive member for culture, leisure and tourism at City of York Council, said: “Safe standing has gained a lot of momentum since the community stadium was first designed, and we’re fully aware of some supporters’ desire to include some at the new stadium.

“I have always been supportive of the principle of safe standing if the necessary agreements can be reached, and have continued to meet with various groups about this.”

Councillor Ian Gillies, leader of City of York Council, said: “We’ve obviously discussed this with York City, and we’re certainly open-minded to any proposals which would make this stadium an even better facility. In the meantime we’re delighted to see the progress on this exceptional sporting, leisure and community resource.”

The club will release more details in due course.


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