Yorkshire Times
Weekend Edition
Ryan Brookes
Sports Writer
9:30 PM 10th May 2022

York City Set For New Record Attendance In Playoff Eliminator

York City are all set for a record attendance at their LNER Community Stadium in tonight’s National League North playoff eliminator against Chorley.

The tier six club confirmed their home advantage on Saturday, after a 1-1 draw was played out at AFC Telford United. Chorley’s 2-0 defeat to Spennymoor meant City climbed above them into 5th, hosting a crucial fixture.

Since tickets were first released to season ticket holders only, on Sunday morning, over 1,000 had been sold in just the first hour! The match tickets went on general sale the following day, and the sales have rocketed since, with the figure sold standing at over 5,600 tickets, at the time of writing.

For the first time this season, the Nfinnerty Stand (South Stand) has been completely sold out, with the Azuma Stand (East Stand) also selling out two of the eight sections, and limited space available.

To suit supporters and high demand, the club yesterday opened the left side of the West Stand, which is a rare occurrence.

The current record attendance figure at the LNER Community Stadium is 4,512, which was coincidentally set in a league fixture against Chorley back in December, which ended in a 1-1 draw - Akil Wright put The Minstermen ahead in the 12th minute, but captain-to-be Matty Brown was shown red just after the half hour mark. The Magpies’ Harry Cardwell hit a wonderful free kick into the back of the net shortly before the break, to complete the scoring.

Incredibly, the average attendance for York City this season is 3,116, almost 1,000 clear of second place. The sixth tier club have exceeded expectations in that department, recording a higher average attendance than some National League and even League Two clubs. Just one League One club, Accrington Stanley, has a lower average than The Minstermen.

City will be looking to challenge some record figures in the National League North, later this evening - the highest ever turnout in the league was a crowd of 6,311 at Stockport County back in 2019. However, the record playoff attendance in the league will be hard to challenge, standing at nearly 8,000, one which Halifax Town set.

You can still purchase tickets HERE ahead of the MASSIVE game.

Kickoff is at 19:45 and the turnstiles open at 18:15. Make sure to arrive early and avoid the queues.