Stadium opening is delayed for York City

The new Community Stadium at Monks Cross.The new Community Stadium at Monks Cross.
The new Community Stadium at Monks Cross.
YORK CITY have expressed their disappointment and frustration at being faced with a further additional wait in the opening of the LNER Community Stadium - with the facility not ready to host matches until after October 9.

The Minstermen had been hoping to begin the new 2020-21 season at Monks Cross, with the new National League North season scheduled to start on Tuesday, October 6 at home to Chorley.

The start of the National League season has now been cast into serious doubt with the news that plans for fans to return to watch live sporting events in England from the start of October will now not go ahead.

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A York City FC statement read: "The club has received information from City of York Council which confirms a further delay to the LNER Community Stadium.

"The council have advised the club that the stadium will not play host to York City Football Club games until after 9th October.

"Therefore, with regret we can confirm that, should the season begin as scheduled on the 3rd October, York City Football Club will not start the season at the new stadium as we had hoped and planned for.

"To say that the club is disappointed and frustrated would be an immense understatement and we know our fans will be feeling the same.

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"This is followed by government advice today which suggests that plans for fans to return to sporting events will not go ahead.

"We’re aware of this and we are seeking official information and guidance from the National League before confirming to fans how this will impact the start of the season.

"Should fans not be allowed to attend games, the club has made it a priority to find new ways in which to connect with fans remotely, by introducing new digital content.

"We have plans to live stream league home games and will launch the York City Football Club Podcast in the coming weeks.

"As always the club’s Twitter feed will provide play by play commentary on all matches.

"We thank fans for their ongoing support and patience during what has been a challenging time for the club."

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