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Working towards a new home in the city

a home in the city

Extracts from article in York Evening Press (23/06/04)

York City's process of finding a suitable place for the football club to relocate was still in its infancy insisted the club's stadium development director Ian McAndrew.

He told the Evening Press: "We are beginning the search and meetings are taking place.

"A lot of effort has been put into saving Bootham Crescent and we are now working together to build a stadium that will suit the city of York as well as the football club.

"We have got to go through a process of elimination so we invite anybody with an idea to write to us.

"We want to look at as many sites as possible because we have a clean sheet of paper.

"We need to put them on one list and talk to the local authority. I don't envisage there will be a site that we can make an instant decision on.

"There's so many issues to consider and we are perhaps looking for two or three sites that satisfy eight out of the ten requirements. Whatever the case, there are likely to be massive green-belt issues as there are limited amounts of brown-belt land around.

"The public will also have a big say in any decision over where it will be as that is the system but I think we are looking at two years, at least, to identify a site."

McAndrew said: "Bootham Crescent is just over four acres and is not big enough for a modern stadium. Realistically it has got to be a minimum of six acres and maybe seven but that would depend on how you are with car parking and whether other things like hotel complexes are to be considered.

"You have got to think about the profitability of a stand-alone stadium. There might need to be scope to build other developments.

"The situation at the moment is I have already had a number of people who have said to me `You could put a football stadium on my land'. We will not disregard anything but everything will be done in consultation with the local authority."

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