Coventry City Agree Terms on New Stadium Site
July 26, 2013
Coventry City Football Club have announced that they have agreed terms on a potential stadium site that is within six miles of the city centre.
The Sky Blues left the Ricoh Arena last season over rent dispute with the stadium’s owners Arena Coventry Ltd (ACL).
Despite ACL claiming they offered the Ricoh Arena for free next season, City agreed a groundshare with Northampton Town and will now play their ‘home’ games at the Sixfields ground for the next three seasons.
Now a statement on the club’s website read: “The club have agreed terms, subject to contract, on a site within six miles of the city centre and has entered exclusive talks on a second site.
“The club is aiming to finalise a deal within eight weeks, paving the way for a new facility for the Sky Blues.
“To ensure the project hits the ground running the club has appointed a team of advisers to realise its ambitious plans for the new base.”
Groundshare tough on fans
Coventry fans will have to travel 34 miles to Northampton’s Sixfields ground for the next three seasons and the club’s chief executive, Tim Fisher agreed it would be tough for supporters.
Fisher said: “We completely understand the pain the groundshare is going to cause our supporters but we have a clear path to return to the Coventry area.
“We are under no illusions at just how tough it is going to be for the next three years but there is absolutely no question that Coventry City Football Club’s long term future is in this area.
“Once we have agreement on a site, we will begin a consultation process with our supporters because we want this to be their home – a home that everyone can be proud of.
“And, of course, a home where the club has access to all matchday and non-matchday revenues which are crucial when it comes to financial fair play.”