York City Council Approves Stadium Construction

June 18, 2012

Unlocking Word Meanings
Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

1. outskirts (n.) [out-skurt] – the areas of a town or a city that are far from the center
Example: They don’t like visiting their cousin who lives in outskirts because it is too far from the city.

2. convinced (adj.) [stey-dee-uhm] – to be confident about something
Example: He is convinced that he made the right decision.
Additional info: The verb “convinced” means “to make someone agree with something

3. stadium (n.) [stey-dee-uhm] – a large, open structure with seats for audience and used especially for sport events
Example: The football championship will be held in the new stadium.

4. vital (adj.) [vahyt-l] – describes something that is very important or necessary
Example: The heart is a very vital organ of the body.

5. optimistic (adj.) [op-tuh-mis-tik] – hopeful for the best
Example: Being optimistic can help athletes win.

Read the text below.

Councilors from York City, United Kingdom approved the plans of building a sports stadium and department stores in the outskirts of the city.

However, city traders object to the plan because of possible negative impact to their business. Despite opposition from the city's traders, the council is convinced that the plan guarantees York City's future in business and especially in sports.

The plan includes the construction of a 6,000 seat community stadium, 100,000 sq ft (9,290 sq m) John Lewis store and a 120,000 sq ft (11,150 sq m) Marks and Spencer shop.

This gained support from the city's rugby league club York City Knights because the stadium would be very useful for their training. York City also wishes to secure a promotion to the Football League by beating the football club, Luton FC. They say the stadium is vital for their survival.

The developers, the city council, and the sports organizations are optimistic about the outcome of York City's development. The Labour-run council’s planning committee predicted that it could increase the city's income by £16 million a year. In addition, the plan could create job opportunities for 1,000 people as estimated by the developers.

Viewpoint Discussion
Enjoy a discussion with your tutor. 

Discussion A 

      What are the advantages and disadvantages of developing areas far from the city?
      Are you in favor of developing these sort of areas in your community? Why or Why not?

Discussion B

      What establishment do you think is needed in your community? Why do you think it is necessary?
If you were one of the councilors, would you favor a big shopping mall over local traders and local businesses? Please explain your answer.


June 18, 2012