Bootham Crescent: York City

Bootham Crescent, York, North Yorkshire, England, YO30 7AQ

Bootham Crescent has been the home of York City Football Club since 1932 when the club leased the land from York Cricket Club in order to replace their former home, Fulfordgate. The club eventually purchased the ground outright in 1948 for the princely sum of £4075. The ground spent five years with a different name thanks to sponsorship by Nestle, with KitKit Crescent hosting games during York’s spell in the Conference.

York City has as interesting history as a football club. It was first founded in 1908 as an amateur football team before folding in 1917. A new club was formed in 1922 and played their games in the Midland League. The club joined the Football League in 1929.

Stats

Bootham Crescent Stats
Year Opened1932
Capacity8,256
Average Attendance2,789
Record Attendance28,123 (York City v Huddersfield (1938))
Pitch Size104 x 64 (6656)
Former NameKitKat Crescent
OwnerYork City F.C.
Clubs HostedYork City F.C., York City Knights
First FixtureYork City v Stockport County 31/08/1932
York City Stats
Year Founded1922
NicknameThe Minstermen
Club MascotYorkie the Lion
RivalsHull City, Scarborough, Halifax Town, Luton Town
Previous StadiumsFulfordgate
KitRed & Blue (Home) / White & Red (Away)
Training GroundWigginton Road Training Ground
Shirt SponsorBenenden
Team OwnerJM Packaging
Record GoalscorerNorman Wilkinson (143)
Record AppearancesBarry Jackson (539)

Bootham Crescent Photos

Bootham Crescent Seating Plan & Where to Sit

By Mattythewhite [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Bootham Crescent has four stands. The David Longhurst Stand is a terrace behind the Northern goal and welcomes the noisiest York fans, The Main Stand houses the dressing rooms and club offices. The Grosvenor Road End is another terraced section and is behind the Southern goal, whilst The Popular Stand is opposite The Main Stand and can house over 1500 supporters.

York City Ticket Prices

York don't mess around when it comes to ticket pricing. You will pay slightly different places depending on where you want to go, and apart from that only your age will affect the price of your ticket. Adults and concessions rates are listed below:

  • Adults: £14.00 - £17.00
  • Concessions: £10.00 - £12.00

How To Get York City Tickets

Supporters can buy tickets by calling the ticket office directly, emailing them or heading there in person.

Where to Buy

Getting To Bootham Crescent

Train - York Station is about a mile away from the ground, so it will take you about 20 minutes to walk there.

Bus - Bus numbers 2, 3, 7 and 9 all stop close to the ground.

Car - From the South take the A1, the A64 and A19, from the North the A1 or A19, from the East the A64 to the A19.

By Air - Leeds - Bradford International Airport is about thirty miles West from York.

Taxi - A taxi from York Station to the ground will take less than ten minutes and cost about £5.

Parking Near Bootham Crescent

There is no parking at the ground itself and limited on-street parking. There are some car parks in the city centre, though.

Useful Resources

Bootham Crescent Hotels

The White Horse - £70+

6 Bootham, York, YO30 7BL
Less than half a mile from the ground is this 3-star inn with rooms above it. More details.

Dovecote House - £85+

Wigginton Road, York, Y031 8HT
A short walk from the stadium is this Victorian Bed & Breakfast with just seven guest rooms. More details.

Hotel Noir - £100+

3-5 Clifton Green, York, Y030 6LH
Bootham Crescent is about half a mile from this Victorian hotel with a garden and a library. More details.

Pubs & Bars Near Bootham Crescent

1922 Bar

Bootham Crescent, York, YO30 7AQ (01904 675055)
This bar is located at the ground itself and both sets of supporters are welcome to drink there.

Burton Stone Inn

34 Clifton, York, YO30 6AW (01904 655715)
Not far from the ground is this stylish pub that has TVs for live sports as well as a good real ale selection.

The Three Legged Mare

15 High Petergate, York, YO1 7EN (01904 638246)
This dog friendly pub is owned and operated by York breweries, so you can expect good beer at the very least.

Facilities

The facilities at York’s ground are fairly standard for a Football League club.

Prices

  • Programme: 3.00
  • Pie: 3.10
  • Cup of tea: 1.80

Hospitality

By https://www.flickr.com/photos/campdave/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/campdave/486617559/) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

York City offer hospitality packages that are aimed at everyone, not just the rich. Although there isn't a great deal of information online as to what they are. From what is available we know that you can enjoy a shared box, a cold food buffet, a drinks package and reserved seating as well as an appearance from the Man Of The Match, for example.

Private Hire

Numerous areas of Bootham Crescent are available for event hire, with the 1922 bar chief among them. As with the hospitality, advertising exactly what the packages available are doesn't seem to be top of their list of priorities, but rest assured they do cater for various events, so get in touch with them to discuss what you need.

Stadium Tours & Museum

At the time of writing there are no tours of Bootham Crescent available.

About York City

York City 1912 - See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

York City Football Club has officially been in existence since 1922, with the club having spent nine years as an amateur team from 1908 until it folded in 1917. They ploughed their trade in the Football League’s third-tier until they were promoted to the second-tier in 1959.

The club is nicknamed The Minstermen because of the famous Minster that stands in the centre of the city of York. In terms of honours York have won the third and fourth divisions once, the Conference play-offs once and the FA Trophy once.

Bootham Crescent History

Bootham Crescent in 1992 - By MacClure (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Bootham Crescent was opened at the end of August in 1932. Just six years later World War Two broke out and The Popular Stand was used as an air-raid shelter. The stadium itself suffered some damage when a bomb landed on nearby houses.

The ground has undergone numerous cosmetic changes during its existence, including the addition of floodlights in 1959 and even more powerful ones in 1995. The Family Stand was opened within The Main Stand in 1992, with the club’s manager at the time, John Ward, even running the London Marathon to help raise funds for it. In 2016 the York City Knights rugby team joined the Minstermen at Bootham Crescent and play their games there too.

Future Developments

Rhys Wynne / Flickr.com

York City are due to move to a new ground in 2019 called York Community Stadium. As such no major developments are expected to Bootham Crescent in the coming months or years. Not that they aren't needed though; there are holes in the roof of the Main Stand, crumbling at the Grosvenor Road end plus drainage problems.

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