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New Stadium Preferred Site

York Central is the preferred Site

York Central is the preferred site of City's new super stadium, the football club revealed today.

A team of consultants, employed by City of York Council, are carrying out a study to see if the massive brownfield site behind York Station could be the venue for the Minstermen's new home.

Expected to report at the end of the month, the consultants are considering issues including how much the stadium would cost and whether it fitted in to the overall paln for the teardrop site.

Ian Mc Andrew, York City stadium development director, said the site was an "obvious favourite due to its accessible location" and could be an exciting project "not just for York City Football Club, but for the City of York."

York City must move to a new ground in the next decade - under the terms of the Football Foundation loan which allowed the Club to buy KitKat Crescent.

Its new Stadium, which is unlikely to open before 2013, could also be a home to rugby league club York City Knights, as well as being a conference and concert venue.

Charlie Croft, the Council's assistant director of leisure and heritage, said moves to bring the stadium to York Central were at an extremely early stage.

"The study is looking at some of the technical issues behing putting a stadium at York Central" he said.

York City is aware of this, as are York City Knights, York Railway Institute (RI) and Active York, the city's sports partnership."

A Council spokesman said the study was paid for by the authority from funding made available for the development of York Central.

Croft said the benefits of the study meant any work carried out by the consultants could be transferrable - if a new site was considered later.

Frank Paterson, York RI vice president, said: "This is one of those studies that ought to be done and we feel it's very sensible to have a look at it."

"We welcome it and we are co-operating with it. It is important that the services we provide for the city at large must never be lost."

Mc Andrew said: "Early in the year the rest of the board and I visited various sites within the citty as possible locations for our new stadium. The York Central site was an obvious favourite due to its accessible location."

"We presented the Council the concept of a stadium for the city of York which would be a sub regional asset as there is no other facility of this nature in North Yorkshire. We have been delighted by their positive response and their firm commitment to embark on a feasibility study".

Council leader Steve Galloway said: "We have agred to work closely with York City to find a new stadium. A lot of options are being looked at between them and ourselves.

"York Central would be very expensive and the perimeter of the site has not ben decided yet. Network Rail cannot confirm the size of the site and we don't yet know what we will be able to put in it."

"Should these issues be overcome, I personally would give my support to the provision for a stadium on the site which could provide a home for York City, the rugby club and several other sports and leisure- based events".

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