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News on New Stadium

Central Venues preferred

York City have decided on the preffered location for a new Stadium for the football club.

Minstermen chiefs are remaining tight-lipped about the venue but have revealed that two sites have now been identified as suitable new homes after close consultation with City of York Council.

The Evening Press believes that the new ground will be situated either in the area behind York Railway Station in the Leeman Road area, known as York Central, or the current site of the Terry's Factory.

Green belt complications appear to have ruled out sites at Naburn and Fulford. Jason McGill said "Along with the Council, we have looked at five sites and have identified two to focus on and one of them would suit us beter as a football club.  We have got to get things moving with the stadium now but we are well on the way."

Finance Director Terry Doyle added that the club are currently losing income by staying at KitKat Crescent because of the maintenance and repair costs incurred at an ageing stadium.  Sophie McGill commented "The sooner we leave the better really even though moving from Bootham Crescent will be very emotional for all of us. It holds a lot of nostalgia but we have got three hospitality boxes that look on to the car park rather than the pitch. A new Stadium brings commercial opportunities and conference hospitality. At the moment. we have a 1937 Stadium that needs updating but we are reluctant to invest too much money into it when we are going to move."  She added that the new stadium is likely to attract a more family-orientated audience with a recent survey revealing that the average age of a City season-ticket holder is 58. 


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