The name of York City’s new 8,005 capacity stadium is expected to be confirmed next week if a senior councillor approves the arrangement at a meeting.
The venue, which will also be used by the York City Knights rugby team, is set to be called the ‘LNER Community Stadium’ with the rail operator also expected to have the east stand named after their newly launched train ‘LNER Azuma’, which was unveiled at York Station earlier this year.
Councillor Nigel Ayre will be asked to approve the new name at a meeting next Tuesday, November 26. He said he is delighted with the news, “York has a proud connection with the rail industry, and it is entirely fitting that such a large rail company based in the city would put themselves forward to sponsor the Community Stadium.”
“With just months to go until we begin holding test events for the Community Stadium, I am delighted that LNER have put their name forward to be considered as the main corporate sponsor of the stadium.”
“Looking forward, securing sponsorship for the stadium will ensure that this fantastic venue remains financially sustainable to the benefit of our residents, communities and visitors in the city.”
A council report says the naming rights were valued at between £40,000 and £60,000 a year by advisors in 2012.
Lots of progress on the @YorkStadium – here's a look into our new home.
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Earlier this month the club revealed that there can be no specific move-in date or confirmed fixtures at the new stadium for the football club as it stands.
They added in a statement: “…we expect the handover will occur early 2020, with test events then due to take place thereafter in order to receive certification, from a health and safety point of view, in order to allow spectator occupation of the stadium.
We cannot confirm a specific fixture or move-in date until this process is complete, with any potential date inaccurate at this point. York City Football Club, like all sports clubs, have a commitment to their regulatory body to play their fixtures at a licensed stadium. Until the Community Stadium is a fully licensed venue, the club cannot consider a move from Bootham Crescent.
The Club would like to place on record that we are pleased with the recent developments regarding the construction of the Community Stadium and look forward to a state-of-the-art facility for the city of York.”