Coventry to build new ground
Coventry have confirmed they will definitely not be returning to
the Ricoh Arena next season.
Chief executive Tim Fisher has revealed the club are instead in
the process of securing a site in the local area on which to build
a new stadium.
Fisher says that whilst the new ground is being constructed,
they will groundshare with another club, with their plans to be
presented to the Football League at the start of June.
The move comes following a year-long rent row with Arena
Coventry Limited (ACL), who manage the Ricoh Arena on behalf of
joint owners the Alan Edward Higgs Charity and Coventry City
Fisher said: “It’s a new era and we retained specialists some
months ago to advise us on where to build a new stadium for the
club – and in the immediate Coventry area by the way”.
City claim they did not want to leave the Ricoh but they had to
make the move because “the doors locked on us”.
In a statement of their own on Thursday, ACL said “our doors
remain open to the Sky Blues”.
But asked if there is any chance of Coventry playing at the
Ricoh Arena next season, Fisher replied: “None.
“People have to understand we do not posture, we do not
threaten, because that is not how you do business, you only do
business in good faith. Always.
“We have started the process of procuring land so that we can
shift the new stadium build forward at a pace. The stadium will be
in the Coventry area in accordance with Football League rules.”
Fisher added: “We have left the Ricoh Arena.
“We were told categorically by ACL and by the council that there
was no commercial deal to be done and in actual fact they would
only ever work with the administrator.
“We were very, very clear in our minds as to exactly what was
intended. Given the position we have had to make contingency plans
to fulfil our fixtures on an interim basis – while we deliver the
“That long-term vision has us playing in the Coventry area in a
new stadium that will be designed and delivered in three years.
“All this will be in full consultation with the fans – starting
with the upcoming forums. In consideration of financial fair play
then we will own all the revenue streams that come from matchday
and, non-matchday activities, and therefore we will have every
chance of becoming a solid, vibrant club.”