York City say their Board of Directors is ‘extremely disappointed’ by news of a delay in construction of the Community Stadium.
A statement from the club explained:
The delay, which is out of our control, will inevitably have financial implications for York City Football Club with the loss of four high-profile pre-season fixtures and the cancellation of several commercial events which were designed to mark the club’s departure from Bootham Crescent.
Our supporters should not be alarmed by the news and the Board of Directors wishes to stress that the club will not be leaving Bootham Crescent until the Community Stadium is ready.
The club is now in discussions with City of York Council over the full implications of the delay.
The delay means that the club will start the 2019-20 season at Bootham Crescent.
In a statement released this afternoon, a City of York Council spokesperson said:
“We understand there will be a delay to the completion of the York Stadium Leisure Complex. This would mean a handful of games would not be able to take place in the new stadium as planned and the accompanying leisure facilities will be unable to open as soon as we’d hoped. This is subject to commercial discussions so we cannot comment further.
“A significant amount of progress has been made to date, both on and off site, with all stands now visible.
“We share the disappointment and frustration the delay will cause.
“Work will continue with all partners to minimise any delay and open the York Stadium Leisure Complex as soon as possible, without compromising on quality or safety.”