York's New Stadium Delayed Until Summer 2015
4:45pm 18th June 2013
(Updated 5:15pm 18th June 2013)
York's new community stadium won't be ready until after Summer 2015.
It was planned for York City and York City Knights to move into the venue in Monks Cross next year.
But it's claimed problems with great crested newts, which delayed the building of new stores at the Monks Cross development, as well as the poor weather have affected the start of work at the stadium.
It's been confirmed to York City Knights that they will play their 2014 season at their current ground in Huntington.
Head coach Gary Thornton gave his reaction to Minster FM.
Darren Richardson, Director of City and Environmental Services for City of York Council said:
“I can confirm that we have agreed with the York Knights that they will remain at Huntington Stadium for the 2014 season to ensure they have continuity in provision. The delay on a start on site by Oakgate, due to ecological reasons, until May this year has inevitably affected the Stadium build timescales and a delay in the start of our procurement process. All aspects of the project continue to progress and we’re currently in the competitive dialogue stage of the procurement process. We have spoken to the project partners throughout and have informed them of the possible delay beyond Summer 2015. We will be able to confirm further detail once this process is complete.”
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