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Bootham Crescent

York, England

Home of the York City FC



Bootham Crescent (map it)
Newborough St
York, England YO30 7AQ
United Kingdom

York City FC website

Bootham Crescent website

Year Opened: 1932

Capacity: 7,872

There are no tickets available at this time.


Local Information


Bootham Crescent in Historic York

Bootham Crescent is the home of fourth tier York City and is surrounded by housing to the north of the city centre. The club was reformed in 1922 after the original club folded during the First World War, and joined the Football League (FL) six years later. The first six years were spent in the (now defunct) Midland League, while the majority of their time in the FL has been spent in the lower two divisions. Until the summer of 2012 the club spent seven years in the fifth tier of the English football pyramid, before promotion via play-offs secured the return of league football to the city of York.

The stadium itself is varied with both seating and standing accommodation for supporters. Home fans have access to three sides of the ground, two of which are seated and a covered terrace behind one of the goals. Away supporters are housed mainly in an uncovered terraced behind the other goal, though some seats are available in the Popular Side.


What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    1

The fare on offer is basic and with a limited choice for away supporters. I paid £3.30 for a hot dog and it was one of those pre-cooked variety that comes in a tin and you heat up. It had no taste and was a complete rip-off. My advice would be to eat at one of the many eating establishments in the city centre. If you fancy an alcoholic drink then there are a couple of bars outside the ground, one of which is for visiting supporters only.

Atmosphere    2

Like a lot of clubs at this level of football the atmosphere is nothing special, though both sets of fans tried to lift their respective team during my most recent visit. It wasn't helped due to the game I witnessed being as dull as dishwater.

Neighborhood    5

York is a walled city and has a population of 202,400 inhabitants. It is one of England's most historic cities and has plenty of attractions that show off its heritage. It was founded by the Romans in 71AD under the name of Eboracum, and became the capital of the Roman province of Britannia Inferior, and of the Kingdoms of Northumbria and Jorvik. In the Middle Ages York became a major wool trading centre.

The city has excellent transport links whether it is via road or rail. The A64 links York to both the A1(M) and M1 motorways which are around 10 miles (16 km) away, while it has been a major railway centre since the first line arrived in 1839. The nearest airport, Leeds / Bradford is 31 miles away.

York has plenty of tourist attractions for the visitor and these include the York Minster, the Castle Museum, the City Walls, the Jorvik Viking Centre and the National Railway Museum.

Fans    3

The average attendance for the club at time of writing this season (2012) so far is 4,156, some 1,000 up on the previous season. I was at the game as a neutral but with a friend who supported the visitors that afternoon, Cheltenham Town and we had no problems whatsoever. Then again this has always been the case when I have been at away matches with Cheltenham.

Access    2

As previously stated York is easy enough to get to, but the ground is sandwiched between houses and residents' parking scheme operates. The best bet, if coming by car is to park in the city centre and walk to the ground with it being only a fifteen to twenty minute walk away. For anyone arriving by train like myself, the ground is a similar distance from the station.

Return on Investment    3

From a personal point of view, sport and football in particular is overpriced in this country, though the prices York charge are about the average. Ticket prices will set you back between £19 and £16 for an adult.

Extras    2

There is a small club shop which sells the usual club merchandise - replica shirts, scarves, hats, etc. Match day programmes cost £3, and pretty good it was too.

Ridiculous comments

Ok, so as a York fan I may be slightly biased, but in my opinion this review is utter drivel. How can you possible come to a stadium and pass judgement when you're in the away stand ?? Funnily enough, it is not the club or the home fan's job to ensure that the Cheltenham Town fans are generating a good atmosphere.

Our fans are complemented week in week out by the opposition and are some of the loudest and most passionate in the league. If you are going to review us in this way, can I please suggest you come and spend a Saturday afternoon in The David Longhurst Stand, as that will give a real view of what we're like.

2 stars my arse...

by TimYCFC | Nov 02, 2012 06:29 AM

in response

I respect your opinion on what I have wrote, but I can only write to how I found things on the day of my visit. I disagree with you in the fact that I cannot comment if I am in the away end - I am sure you have been to watch York City away from home and have based your opinion on a ground / club from this perspective. I tried to base my review from a neutral and unbiased point of view, and nothing disrespectful was meant to the club and its fans if it came across that way.

I do agree with you that the home club are not responsible for the away fans, and in this occasion the Cheltenham fans were the quietest I have heard them on the eight times I have seen them away from home over the past few years. I did also state that my score on this point was not helped due to the game itself which I thought was of poor quality.

If I lived nearer to York then I would gladly take up your offer of watching a game in the home section of the ground, but I cannot justify the expense of another 240 mile round trip from my home in Leicester at the present time. I do though look forward to visiting the club again when they move into their new stadium.

by TheRambler | Nov 09, 2012 04:43 AM

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