An 8,000-seater multi-use stadium in York is facing further delays, with the City of York Council yet to announce a new completion date after years of complications.
No new completion date has been set by the council, and events scheduled for July and August this year have been cancelled.
The stadium was due for completion in July 2019 in time for the start of rugby league team York City Knights’ 2019-20 season. York City football team was also due to play home games at the new stadium from August 2019.
The delay is the latest in a history of set-backs after the original contractor ISG pulled out of the project, with Buckingham Group Contracting taking over works in October 2017.
ISG pulled out of the project because of concerns about increasing costs. Previous delays had resulted from contractural issues and changes to the stadium design which pushed project costs up by £7M to £44M.
A City of York Council spokesperson said: “We understand there will be a delay to the completion of the York Stadium Leisure Complex. This would mean a handful of games would not be able to take place in the new stadium as planned and the accompanying leisure facilities will be unable to open as soon as we’d hoped. This is subject to commercial discussions so we cannot comment further.”
“A significant amount of progress has been made to date, both on and off site, with all stands now visible. Work will continue with all partners to minimise any delay and open the York Stadium Leisure Complex as soon as possible, without compromising on quality or safety.”
“We share the disappointment and frustration the delay will cause,” the spokesperson added.
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