York’s new stadium was packed to the rafters yesterday as thousands of fans cheered York City into the start of a new era.
But as the LNER Community Stadium resounded to chants of ‘We are going up’, following the team’s brilliant play-off final win, things looked very different at the team’s old home.
Demolition of Bootham Crescent is moving apace, as these pictures show.
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As York City celebrates their centenary, this huge part of the club’s past is quickly being dismantled and torn down.
The sale of Bootham Crescent enabled the creation of the new stadium at Monks Cross. And in turn that fantastic facility has helped inspire the team and garner a new generation of supporters.
But many of the die-hard fans nursing a play-off final hangover today will feel a few pangs of emotion seeing the old place, home of so many memories, disappear.
The stadium is being demolished before 93 homes are built on the 4.25 acre site.
But its footballing legacy won’t be forgotten in the new development.
A Bootham Crescent memorial garden will incorporate a section of terracing from the old Popular Stand.
The centre circle from the pitch will also be retained, as well as a York City FC flag – to be raised on club milestone dates.