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Coventry City announce plans for new stadium on edge of city

Postby dutchman » Tue Jul 21, 2020 1:22 pm

Coventry City have revealed plans to return to the city by building a new stadium as part of a partnership with the University of Warwick

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The club have announced that they intend to relocate to the south-west edge of the city and build on land owned by the university.

The club left the Ricoh Arena in 2019 at the end of a long-running dispute.

City won the League One title in 2019-20 while playing their home games at St Andrew's in Birmingham.

The Sky Blues signed up to move there in the summer of 2019, initially for one season with the possibility of two, but the arrangement was always considered open-ended and City have been made very welcome there.

But their average home league attendance was down from 12,363 at the Ricoh Arena in 2018-19 to 6,677 at St Andrew's.

And, although Birmingham have indicated that they will still host Coventry home games in the Championship, the division in which Birmingham themselves play, the Sky Blues have spoken with Wasps about a potential return the the Ricoh.

A joint statement from the club and the university said both "are committed to a visionary, environmentally friendly stadium in terms of materials, energy, noise, building and of course access".

The statement added: "We envision supporters arriving at the stadium through a new light rail station at the ground running alongside a new link road.

"This will require significant discussion and partnership work with all surrounding local authorities, the West Midlands Combined Local Authority and the LEP to ensure the funding and support is there to provide that infrastructure.

"The club and the university wanted to make people aware of this exciting new development as soon as possible and hope that in doing so, it will pave the way to many discussions needed with a range of partners to progress this project."

This is a big step forward for the Sky Blues in their search for a new home in the city, but it is still no quick fix to their long-term hope to become stadium owners again. It could still be a long way off becoming reality.

When BBC Coventry & Warwickshire spoke to Andrew Walster, Coventry City Council's head of planning, in April last year, he advised that it could still take two to three years before any earth was cut.

"To get a sense of the site selection process, I would suggest you are in a four to six-month process," he said. "Then you would have to go through your planning application stage.

"Pre-application and planning could probably take another year. Depending on what time of the year you started, you would also need to consider ecology and a number of other studies on a site, which could add another year to your process."

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Re: Coventry City announce plans for new stadium on edge of city

Postby rebbonk » Tue Jul 21, 2020 7:43 pm

I'll believe it when I see it!
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