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Construction on the new York Stadium Leisure Complex has reached a major milestone as partners came together for a topping out ceremony.

Representatives from all the organisations involved in the project celebrated the milestone on the top of the cinema building, which is the tallest point of the complex and offers amazing views of the whole complex.

The new community stadium and leisure complex will feature an 8,000 all-seat community sports stadium hosting professional football and rugby league games. There will also be new leisure facilities with a swimming pool, gym, dance studio, indoor and outdoor climbing facilities and a sports hall with spectator seating. 

A commercial development on the stadium site will also include a cinema complex, with IMAX screen, five restaurants and up to three retail units.

NHS outpatient services will be offered on site from a community hub and there will be a new Explore library and a York Against Cancer retail unit.

The new stadium, leisure facilities and the community hub will all open from summer 2019 along with the new cinema and commercial units.

Councillor Nigel Ayre, Executive Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism at City of York Council said:

“It is fantastic to see so much happening on site with the works progressing on time and it has been great seeing the whole complex start to take shape.

“This topping out ceremony is another milestone for the project and excitement is really building as we get closer and closer to opening.”

Councillor Ian Gillies, Leader of City of York Council said:

“The York Stadium Leisure Complex will be a welcome asset for the city. It is great to hear that the construction works are going so well”

“When complete, residents will have access to top class sporting, community and leisure facilities. With new jobs being created and the considerable investment that is being made this will bring significant long lasting economic benefits to the city.”