In what is literally a groundbreaking moment, plans for York Community Stadium took a major step forward on Friday.
City of York Council says diggers will be on site before Christmas.
This long-awaited moment will take place because all the contracts relating to the build and operation of the new stadium and leisure complex have now been signed.
It means that project manager Greenwich Leisure Ltd will formally take possession of the Monks Cross site.
In preparation for full construction works, site security and compounds will arrive on site within the next few weeks.
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