Diggers are now on site to begin construction of the Community Stadium and leisure complex after years of delay by Labour.
York's Conservative-led administration had its work cut out for it to kick-start this stop-start project, but when finally completed in 2019 the complex will feature an 8,000 all-seat community sports stadium, new leisure facilities with a swimming pool, gym, dance studio, indoor and outdoor climbing facilities and a sports hall with spectator seating.
A commercial development on the stadium site will include a cinema complex, with IMAX screen, five restaurants and up to three retail units.
The community hub will offer NHS outpatient services, a new Explore library and a York Against Cancer retail unit.
Councillor David Carr, Leader of City of York Council said:
"It is fantastic that construction workers are now on site delivering a Community Stadium and leisure complex for all our residents to enjoy.
"We have always been committed to delivering the Community Stadium and accompanying facilities which will be a great asset for the city."