YORK City can start next season with their usual levels of attendance - but only with the help of fans now, the club has said.

Events at the LNER Community Stadium are currently capped at 2,000 in accordance with City of York Council and Stadium Advisory Group regulations.

In order to raise the maximum figure, the stadium must first host four events in front of 2,000 people.

The club hopes that the open day combined with the three Monks Cross friendlies will get them those four 2,000-capacity events.

City have thus issued a plea to supporters to attend the open day - which features an open training session from 11am to midday - this Sunday to help them return to the 2,700-average crowds seen in 2019/20.

More than 600 tickets have been booked for the 2,000-capacity event, for which doors are open between 10am and 2pm. It is free to attend but tickets must be booked.

A club spokesperson said: “This is a plea to the people of York to come and visit the LNER Community Stadium to help us meet safety regulations to increase capacity.

“The open training session will be the first opportunity for our supporters to see inside the stadium and will also allow fans to purchase individual match tickets or season tickets from the ticket office.

“We can’t wait to welcome the city of York to our new stadium and look forward to seeing crowds back as soon as we have the green light.”

To book, visit the club’s online ticketing platform, call 01904 942232 or visit the stadium ticket office between 9.30am and 4.30pm from Monday to Friday this week.