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Statement: York Community Stadium

7th November 2019

In light of recent fixtures announced at the York Community Stadium we would like to reiterate that there can be no specific move-in date or confirmed fixtures at the new stadium for the football club as it stands.

As stated previously the latest from City of York Council is that we expect the handover will occur early 2020, with test events then due to take place thereafter in order to receive certification, from a health and safety point of view, in order to allow spectator occupation of the stadium.

We cannot confirm a specific fixture or move-in date until this process is complete, with any potential date inaccurate at this point. York City Football Club, like all sports clubs, have a commitment to their regulatory body to play their fixtures at a licensed stadium. Until the Community Stadium is a fully licensed venue, the club cannot consider a move from Bootham Crescent.

The Club would like to place on record that we are pleased with the recent developments regarding the construction of the Community Stadium and look forward to a state-of-the-art facility for the city of York.

Furthermore, at the start of the season we invited fans to send in their Community Stadium questions, which were then replied to individually by email, with some questions unanswerable until we move to the new stadium.

Here are some FAQs regarding the new stadium which we received and answered by email:

Can flags be hung up at games?

We welcome flags at all games as it is a great to see such support home and away. There may well be provision for flags to be fastened across sections of seating in the new stadium which are not in use on matchdays.

However, we are unsure of fastening to the barriers until we get into the stadium and all the relevant checks have concluded.

What is on offer in the fanzone?

We envisage the fanzone to be a meeting point before the game and an enjoyable experience for all ages. We are currently discussing pre-match entertainment options which may include bands, face painting for our younger fans and various other activities.

Will the club have any control over the pricing of pints/food?

As we are only tenants in the ground, we have no jurisdiction over the prices of food and drink. We will ensure that the provider is commercially aware of the current pricing at Bootham Crescent, but ultimately the price of any service they provide is their own decision.

Will a craft/guest beer option be available from the bar on matchdays?

This is something we already provide on matchdays at Bootham Crescent with our partnership with Brew York in the Keith Walwyn Lounge and we are looking into carrying over to the new stadium.

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