City could stay at Bootham Crescent

09 February 2010 11:04
York City would be prepared to accept redevelopment of their Bootham Crescent home as an alternative to transferring to another stadium. However, club officials have reconfirmed their chosen preference is still to relocate to a community stadium elsewhere. But the local council are currently examining whether a viable option would be to redevelop either Bootham Crescent or the Huntington Stadium, which has led to community and communications director Sophie Hicks admitting the club might stay where they are.That would require the purchase of the land behind the Popular Stand, which is currently owned by the Ministry of Defence. “As an alternative to the sports village concept, which is our preferred option, York City Football Club would actively encourage the expansion and development of Bootham Crescent to provide a modern 21st-century, income-generating facility, providing sustainability and longevity for professional football and rugby league in York," Hicks said in The Press.“We are also committed to ensuring the athletes have a sustainable facility at an alternative venue to Bootham Crescent to fulfil their needs and aspirations.” She then added that the club would oppose any idea to build a new arena at the Huntington Stadium.“As a major funding contributor to the project, we would not support a move to Huntington Stadium. This is not an acceptable home for York City FC due to the running track within the stadium and the major traffic issues the site presents."


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