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York City FC halts ticket price hikes amid stadium delays

York City football club’s plans to hike season ticket prices have been put on hold amid delays at its under-construction Community Stadium.

Work commenced on the 8,000-seat stadium and leisure centre complex project in December 2017 amid a long-running saga surrounding the future home of the football club, which is currently competing in the National League North, the sixth tier of English football.

The stadium, which is scheduled to open in September for the 2019-20 season, is facing “ongoing uncertainty”, which a club spokesman said is putting pressure on its finances.

The decision to increase ticket prices was originally necessary to cover booking fees associated with the new online ticketing service at the Community Stadium, but with further games being forced to be played at Bootham Crescent, the club has decided to freeze prices for next season.

York City FC said in a statement: “Those increases were no longer justifiable and we felt it only fair on supporters to revert back to last season’s prices.

“There will still be a small booking fee payable for matchday tickets purchased for games at the new Community Stadium in the 2019-20 season (the booking fee is an operational procedure required for the online ticketing service at the new Community Stadium).

“The club wishes to apologise for any inconvenience caused and shares the frustration of our supporters.”

Adult early bird season tickets will range between £199 and £275, with child tickets costing up to £80 ahead of the discount deadline on July 20.

An update on the financial state of the project will be revealed to senior councillors at a meeting next week.

According to a City of York Council report, three restaurant units have still not been let out, which could cost the council £1.3m if they are let out at a reduced rate.

In addition, the local authority will be expected to pay Championship rugby league franchise York City Knights, which will be sharing the new stadium with the football club, an extra £15,000 in financial support. This is because delays are forcing the club to play its final two home games at Bootham Crescent, rather than the new stadium.

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