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York City

LNER Community Stadium

Capacity: 8005
Address: Huntington, York YO32 9AF
Pitch Size: 115 x 74 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Minstermen
Year Ground Opened: 2021
Home Kit: Red and Blue


                    
                    

Having been officially opened in January of 2021, the LNER Community Stadium is still a fresh venue, so it’s still in the process of building up its reputation. But with that said, early reports and games show that it’s a stadium that really brings York City FC the support they need, with over 8,000 fans able to cheer on the team at full capacity. It’s not just football that goes down at this stadium either, for the York City Knights (rugby league) will also be occupying the ground throughout the season. This is actually why you’ll notice that the seats are a mixture of colours, some of which belong to York City FC and some to York City Knights.

Given that the ground has stands on all sides, the largest of which being three-tiers, it has a professional feel without being overly imposing. And we must say, the grass looks spectacular on a nice day!

Like many of the smaller national league stadiums around England, the LNER Community Stadium doesn’t segregate seating according to home and away fans. Instead, the stadium has a nice family feel to it, with home and away fans allowed to mix to a certain extent. This means that the stadium is a good venue for travelling away fans, especially those that simply want to enjoy a game of football and avoid any of the drama! Since the stadium is well connected with local railway stations, along with plenty of buses running to and from the stadium, it’s very easy to get to as well.

Oh, and we cannot ignore the bar and restaurant facilities that are adjoined to the stadium either which means you don’t need to go hunting around York for a drink or a bite to eat – whether before or after the game. And if you plan on travelling to the stadium without using public transport, you’ll be pleased to know that there are 400 car spaces open on match days.

This is an interesting one, as the LNER Community Stadium won’t technically have a bar or cafe linked into the football ground itself. However, the facility has been built alongside a brand new leisure centre, where there are several places you could grab a soft drink and even a pint. If you wanted to look a little further afield, York City Centre is teaming with old pubs and bars – and you really can get a sense of walking back through history. If it’s a pub you’d prefer, we’d advise the King’s Arms nestled on the river – especially on a sunny day. But if you’d like a more upmarket venue, The Blue Bell is always a good shout, even if it’s more on the pricier side.

The good thing about both of these places is that you can then hop on a bus to get to where you need to go, and York also has an extremely good park and ride links for when you get tired at the end of the day! Of course, if you’ve come in your car and parked at the stadium, this isn’t something you need to worry about.

First and foremost, once you actually get to the stadium itself, you should find plenty of car parking spaces. There are around 400 parking spaces made available on matchday, and while this is great to find at the ground itself, it’s not uncommon to find local residents offering up their own private parking spaces – for a fee of course. But if you’re out of luck, this is always a good option to have in the back pocket.

Directions from South

When heading up the LNER Community Stadium, you will want to take the M1, assuming you are based somewhere near the M1 that is. You’d need to take this route up to junction 32, continue onto the M18, and then join the A1 to head on up to Leeds. From here, you exit at junction 44 and take the A64 pretty much directly to the complex.

Directions from North

Getting to this stadium from the North is arguably a bit easier, depending on where you are based that is. Simply take the A1 or the A19 down the East Coast, and then exit onto the A1237 as soon as you get to York. Follow this road around to the East, and you will arrive at the LNER Community Stadium before you know it.

A great thing about choosing to travel to the stadium by train is that York is a pretty small city, so once you get to York Train Station you could even walk there if you really wanted to – which is actually a great way to explore a bit of the city and check out some of the many bars/restaurants en-route. Just note that depending on where you are coming from, you’ll likely need to come via Leeds, and then take an additional train to York. And if you were tight on time, once again, you could simply take any of the Park and Ride services in York to get out to the stadium, or even take the bus!

If you are travelling from afar, it might make more sense for you to book in with a hotel – especially if the game is an evening game for some reason. But the beauty of the 21st Century is that booking a hotel is a piece of cake these days. With sites like Booking.com and/or Hotels.com at your fingertips, finding a reputable hotel in York won’t be more than a few clicks away. With that said, if you’re on a tight budget, York has a Travelodge right in the centre, and you’re probably looking at £40-£50 if you book in advance. However, if you want to go more upmarket, you could always book in at The Grand or Principal York!

  • Game Attended

    York City v Chester

    Competition

    National League North

    Date

    23/10/2021

    Kick Off Time

    15.00

    Team Supported

    Neutral (Hull City fan living in London)

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the ground itself?

    Having done the 92, I’m looking to do more National League grounds. This was 34/66. Also, York City is a very new ground and I wanted to see it for myself.

    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

    I went from London Kings Cross to York by train. I looked around the city first as I had plenty of time before catching the number 9 bus which goes directly from the railway station to the ground—about every 15 minutes. Too far to walk.

    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

    I went into the Leisure Centre at the ground and had a cream tea. Didn’t speak to a soul all day but everyone was friendly enough.

    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

    First impression was very favourable. Great ground ready for the EFL. Seating on all four sides. Very impressed indeed. Behind the NW corner is a field with sheep in it which I could see from the East Stand. That’s different!

    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

    Chester were well on top in the first half and missed two great chances. Also the York goalkeeper pulled off two great saves. Against the run of play, York scored and that was that. Chester’s best player was 7- James Hardy but was the first player to be substituted! What do I know! Superb atmosphere.

    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game

    Excellent as the park & ride number 9 bus has a Bus-only Lane and speeds back to York past all the cars the football traffic jam.

    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out

    The attendance was 3154. Very good crowd. Good support for Chester too. Everything looks set up for York City to return to the EFL, methinks.
  • Game Attended

    York City 1 Slough Town 0

    Competition

    FA Trophy

    Date

    15/01/2022

    Kick Off Time

    3.04

    Team Supported

    Neutral but family links to North Yorkshire

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the ground itself?

    This completed the set of all 66 National League grounds. I had got to one short of this in December 2019 so I had to wait a long time to complete them all.

    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

    Straightforward journey as motorway and dual carriageway almost all the way. I had booked a space in the reserves parking area (£5) and my 5 year old satnav did not recognise the 9AF post code but 9AE got me close enough. I didn't see a sign to the Car Park until I reached it but the stewards were helpful when I got there. Official parking is worth £5 as a visitor as it is next to the ground and no obvious street parking close by. Only 400 spaces but I booked the day before so it seems the locals have found a different way.

    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

    Walked around to check the game was still on and buy some food from the M&S food hall (plenty of options for food and drink near the ground). Then sat in my car to keep warm until near kick off.

    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

    York City clearly expect to be back in the Football League soon and this ground will be well up to standard if / when they do. It is an all seater although many home fans chose to stand and the stewards weren't bothered by this. Only the East and South stands were open for this game and in National North the ground will nearly always be less than half full. Home fans slagged off the away support with familiar chants. A bit harsh considering they were +10% of the gate and had a round trip of 420 miles in freezing fog.

    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

    A poor game, with York scoring an early goal and neither side looked like changing the 1-0 score. Stewards friendly as you would expect. Didn't eat or drink inside the ground.

    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game

    Easy of you park in the official parking section.

    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out

    Very cold and foggy. I was in the South Stand behind the goal and thought "if this goes to penalties and they are at the far end I won't see a thing". Would be a great place to go to on a warm day though. Worth paying £5 for the Car Park.
  • Game Attended

    York City v Chorley

    Competition

    National League North

    Date

    11/12/2021

    Kick Off Time

    3pm

    Team Supported

    Neutral

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the ground itself?

    Another one of those grounds that I never got round to doing whilst working. Bootham Crescent, Kit Kat Crescent all passed me by but finally got there.

    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

    Football buses are put on from outside the rail station, I think it was £3.50 return and it drops you about 100 yards from the entrance to the ground on a retail park outside the city. A doddle to get to and from.

    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

    Train to York from Sheffield for the Xmas markets. Quick coffee in the city, leaving the wife to shop whilst I did the game. Afterwards, back into the city for a meal in the Guy Fawkes Inn on High Petergate, just over from the Minster. Excellent food and a very well kept beer too!

    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

    One set of turnstiles for the side of the ground I was on, and a relatively new stadium at that. It holds about 8,500 when full. Different coloured seats are a good touch.

    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

    The game was 1 - 1, but had one decent goal, a sending off, a tennis ball protest against the board - all for a fiver ticket on that particular day.. Excellent value for money. Easy to get around the stadium, and was sat with a long term fan of over 50 years who was telling me the history of the club and all about the current disputes that lead to the protest. Love that about ground hopping - getting to meet 'proper' local fans who get it and are proud of it all.

    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game

    Bus back into the city to the station and then ten minutes walk to meet the other half and find that the credit card hadn't been maxed out!

    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out

    Very tidy small stadium, helpful staff and stewards and very easy to get to from the city centre. Spot on for a day out, tick a ground off and see the sights. York is a fabulous city with loads to do and lots of decent drinking/ eating places.
  • Game Attended

    York City v Leamington

    Competition

    National League North

    Date

    26/03/2022

    Kick Off Time

    15.00

    Team Supported

    Neutral

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the ground itself?

    A new ground to visit. Having been to the ground before the redevelopment l was looking forward to seeing the changes. Also having been to Bootham Crescent on numerous occasions, which was close to the centre of York, seeing if the supporters are happy with the change.

    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

    Shouldn't be hard to find as l have been there before.......same mistake came off the A64 too early again, this was from a quick visit to the Designer Outlet. You can access it from the other direction too. Pre booked a car parking space (£5 from the club website) but no much info on where to go on printed ticket or when we arrived at the ground/centre. Asked a steward outside the ground and ended up parked near the East Stand after the steward there was the one that the other one had contacted for advice. So, had we missed the signs for matchday parking?

    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

    Getting 'lost' had meant that we didn't have much time before ko, so it was straight into the ground. Obviously the ground is part of a shopping centre so there are quite a few places to eat or drink. Think you could go there and not know there is a football game going on. The York fans we saw outside seemed friendly enough.

    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

    You could easily miss the ground if you didn't know it was there, as the sides facing the shopping centre blend in with the other buildings, Saying that though the East Stand front looks new and inviting. Hopefully over time there will be more landmarks to give you no doubt that you are at the home ground of York City.

    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

    Got a pie and a drink before the match. Reasonably priced, the pukka chicken balti pie was very good. Stewards were helpful. Seats were in the East Stand, and at £20 expensive for this league, heard that the Leamington fans had boycotted the game because of this. There were 38 in attendance. The sun was 'unbelievably' shining and affecting the view, should have brought sunglasses and sun cream. The ground looks modern and pleasing to the eye with the coloured seats. Atmosphere was ok, the York fans did make an effort, sure more away fans would have helped the cause.

    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game

    No problems getting out from the ground. The car was parked near and we were soon on our way to York Centre to see 10cc later at the Barbican.

    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out

    A good place to go if you are a visitor. The shops and ease of access make this a day out for 'your other half' Football purists will struggle with the surroundings though. It is the usual dilemma, nice new modern ground, on the outskirts of the city or putting up with an old ground with all the 'home comforts. Can imagine that most York fans at the moment would rather be back at Bootham Crescent?
Updated 19th June 2020