Video: Minstermen hailing greatest triumph
York City FC stadium development director Ian McAndrew could barely conceal his delight after work finally commenced on the new Community Stadium this week.
Following repeated delays, ridiculous distractions and untold regular disappointments, the Minstermen are at last on the verge of completing probably their greatest-ever single off-the-field triumph with a new stadium due for opening at Monks Cross in the summer of 2019.
"It's been fourteen, fifteen years for some of us involved in it since it was first mentioned," a thrilled McAndrew told York's official YouTube channel. "A lot of people stated, day-in, day-out, is it ever going to happen?
"And to stand here today and say it's happening is just brilliant. For everybody. For the club and the fans and everybody. And for the city of York, because it is a really great stadium and a really great process.
"Going forward for the future, it's so exciting to be into a new stadium," he enthused. "And a stadium that's really quite unique in its style and design. But it's much more than that: it's the ability to create additional income with the facilities.
"The facilities at Bootham Crescent - bless it, it's been a wonderful place since 1932. But its facilities are completely outdated. And it's not just for the players, the changing rooms, but for the public - and the disability access will be fantastic in here. Families, the fan zone, there are so many exciting things about it.
"And the additional income generation from the conferencing facilities and all the other facilities in a modern stadium. It's just everything.
"Having a great stadium like this will be hugely important to us," McAndrew added. "And a real motivator for the whole club: the players, the team, the manager - the whole club. A real motivator to be coming into a brand new stadium.
"It's very emotional. I didn't think it would be a day like this but it is this morning. To actually see the contractors starting - and everybody seems really positive about it."
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