York City could yet include terracing and in the future again increase capacity at their new community stadium.
|“Our aspirations are establishing ourselves as a League One club, with the possibility of Championship football” – Sophie Hicks|
But that would require the Football Foundation and government easing rules ahead of construction finally beginning at Monks Cross next spring.
A condition of the £2 million Football Stadia Improvement Fund grant is that the venue is built as an all-seated arena, although an increasing number of clubs are seeking to challenge that legislation
“The issue is under discussion in Parliamentary circles and there is a strong case now for safe-standing areas in football,” communications director Sophie Hicks told The Press. “I think it’s 50-50 whether that will be decided upon in time, but it’s not in our hands. It’s up to football’s governing bodies and the government.”
Hicks revealed that the current proposed capacity of 8,000 could be raised to 10,000 by adding an extra tier to one of the stands behind a goal, as well as possibly filling in two of the open corners.
“If there was the demand for a bigger ground, outside of the Championship, then you would put a business plan together to cost it up,” she added. “Our aspirations as a club, in the short and medium term, are establishing ourselves as a League One club, with the possibility of Championship football then a clear possibility.”
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