Stadium may not open this year, council leader admits

A hoarding next to the York Stadium project. Photograph: YorkMix

It could be next year before competitive matches can be played at York’s new community stadium, council bosses have admitted.

A City of York Council meeting heard this week that building work at the delay-hit stadium will not be finished by September, as previously stated.

But council leader Keith Aspden has now admitted it may not open until 2020.

He has called for a top priority review into the reason for the delays to the project – and for a definitive timeline to outline when the project will be completed.

As YorkMix reported on Thursday, he said:

  • I’m sure all councillors here, like sports fans and residents, will be disappointed by the the delays and so I’ve asked senior officers to come forward as soon as possible both to review that situation but then to publish an accurate and final timeline for moving forward.

No new opening date for the stadium or the leisure and retail complex has been announced yet.