The Sky Blues announced in July that a deal had been reached with the University of Warwick to provide land to the football club with a view to building a new stadium.
A statement released at the time read: “Both the University and the club are committed to a visionary, environmentally-friendly stadium in terms of materials, energy, noise, building and of course access.
“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.
“The club and the University do not expect to issue any further joint statements on this initiative until there is significant news that we can share.”
The Sky Blues and Warwick University today issued an update, saying they had made “significant progress” with their plans.
YOU CAN READ THE STATEMENT HERE
A leading football finance expert, meanwhile, told BBC CWR that building a new stadium at the University of Warwick could cost upwards of £100million.
A few days after the joint statement, Coventry City announced they would be playing at St Andrew’s, the home of Birmingham City, for a second consecutive season after an agreement wasn’t reached with the Wasps Group regarding a return to the Ricoh Arena.
In August, CoventryLive reported that Wainbody Ward Conservatives were calling on the football club and the University of Warwick to reveal more details about the plans to give the Sky Blues a permanent home.
The stadium is planned for an unspecified agricultural field area of the university’s main campus, on the south-west edge of the city.
Councillors John Blundell, Tim Sawdon and Mattie Heaven called for more clarity with Cllr Blundell saying: “Our main concern is a lack of proposed infrastructure at the moment and how this could be a real traffic headache for Wainbody Ward residents living in that area.”
The possibility of the Sky Blues returning to the Ricoh Arena resurfaced last month following reports of talks resuming at the start of October. But no further formal announcement was made.
Coventry City’s last game at the venue was the 1-1 draw with Shrewsbury Town on April 28, 2019.
Wasps’ first game of the 2020/21 Gallagher Premiership rugby season at the Ricoh Arena is scheduled for Sunday, November 22 against Gloucester. Fans will not be allowed to attend due to government restriction to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.