A response on a Freedom of Information web site has revealed that the York Council has paid £400,000 to St John’s University.
In return the University agreed to allow the Knights Rugby team to train, and play its second string fixtures, at the new Haxby Road sports ground.
£200,000 was paid out last year, despite an impasse developing during which the Knights were barred from using the facility.
They eventually gained access only 6 weeks ago.
A second installment of £200,000 has been paid during the current financial year.
It is unclear whether the payments will also facilitate access by York residents to the Haxby Road facilities.
Four weeks ago St Johns University announced that it was withdrawing from participation in the Community Stadium project at Monks Cross
The new information also reveals that payments of £42,168 were made in 2014/15 and £64,000 so far this year to allow the Knights to play their first team fixtures at Bootham Crescent.
No such fixtures have yet been played at the venue with the Knights following a largely nomadic existence for most of their current season, before eventually ending up at Heworth.
If they win their next fixture against Swinton, they might have a home tie in the playoffs… raising again the possibility of a move to Bootham Crescent.
Clubs hiring an average football stadium might expect to pay around £30,000 a year in rent. The figures for Bootham Crescent, therefore, look relatively high – although it would have to cover the cost of changing the layout from football to rugby, not to mention the issue of off the field income.
The expenditure of £506,168 is part of a total of £3.9 million spent so far by the Council on the Community Stadium project. The £3.9 million also includes around £1 million spent on improving athletics facilities at the University of York.
Most of the money has come from a “Section 106” payment made by the developers of the John Lewis store site at Monks Cross.