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News Release - Issued by City of York Council

New Tour de France Spectator Hub named!

As preparations to celebrate the Tour de France progress, a new all-weather location for York’s fourth Spectator Hub has been secured.

City of York Council’s Huntington Stadium will be the city’s fourth Spectator Hub on 6 July. Being the venue for the Grand Départy Concert on 4 July too, it will be ready set up and will complement the other official TdF hubs at York Racecourse and the Designer Outlet, as well as the family-friendly hub at Rowntree Park.

The stadium’s management and the Tour de France organisers have backed the plan for the venue which is just a few hundred yards from the Monk Stray site, but is in a less populated area. It’s also geared to accommodating large numbers with parking and a Park&Ride on its doorstep, easy access to the ring road and a network of cycle paths, as well as all the sports and retail facilities in the immediate neighourhood.

An existing infrastructure of visitor facilities will mean less environmental disruption. The stadium’s turf will be covered in all-weather trackway which would not be viable on Monk Stray whose natural environment could risk damage with the prevailing wet weather.

Based at the Stadium, added profile can be given to sports clubs that use it, in addition to the others who will be offering taster sessions on the day. This is a key part of the sporting and cycling legacy surrounding the Tour coming to York and will build on existing work to encourage more people to cycle and exercise more often.

The entertainment plans will stand and will include giant screens relaying the action of the Tour de France itself, a cycle stunt show and exciting cycling activities for everyone to get in the saddle! There will also be plenty of food and drink options to keep Hub-goers refreshed.

Councillor Sonja Crisp, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: “Plans to accommodate residents and visitors, supporting the sporting legacy of the Tour in York, listening and responding to local people as well as to the prevailing weather conditions have all been factored into this decision to relocate the spectator hub. Coupled with the concert at the stadium, we’re setting up an exceptional hub offer for a fantastic long weekend of high quality sporting action and entertainment”

Sally Burns, Director of Communities and Neighbourhoods, said: “The stadium’s existing facilities, the benefits to the community, sport in the city and the environment are considerable. We’re very pleased with this option which allows a very smooth transfer of our plans, with the full backing of TdF management.”


Notes to Editors

The council’s five key priorities for 2011-2015 are:

· Create jobs and grow the economy

· Get York moving

· Build strong communities

· Protect vulnerable people

· Protect the environment

The council’s cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism is Councillor Sonja Crisp on 07876 176931

For further information please contact:

Megan Rule

Communications Manager

City of York Council

Tel: 01904 552017

Fax: 01904 551064

Mob/out of hours: 07767318082