Coventry City have issued a progress report on the club’s plans to build a new stadium.
The Sky Blues are currently playing outside the city boundary – some 22 miles away at Birmingham City’s St Andrew’s Stadium – after leaving the Ricoh Arena in the summer of 2019.
City most recently held talks with Ricoh Arena owned Wasps Group about a return to the stadium but they broke down in the summer ahead of the Sky Blues agreeing to start a second season in Birmingham while pressing ahead with plans to build their own ground.
That is to be housed on land owned by the Coventry-based Warwick University who have joined forces with the football club on the multi-million pound project.
The two parties today issued the following statement giving fans an update on the stadium’s progress:
Coventry City Football Club and the University of Warwick are pleased to provide an update to fans and to our community regarding progress in the development of a new stadium.
Work between the Football Club, its owners and the University of Warwick has been ongoing since the announcement of the project in July, with a number of meetings both between the organisations and with external parties having taken place and much work going on behind-the-scenes, with the aim of developing a new home for the Sky Blues.
In the first week of November the leadership of the University of Warwick, and the owners and management of Coventry City Football Club, held a further productive and very positive formal meeting to assess the progress to date of a partnership which would see the University provide agricultural land on the edge of its main campus to the Club for the development of a visionary and environmentally friendly new stadium and centre of sporting excellence.
Significant progress was made at that meeting, and the EFL have been updated regarding the positive steps that have been made and have welcomed the news.
Though details have to remain commercially confidential at this stage, we look forward to being able to share information once we are able to, and working with key stakeholders to make this important project a success for everyone.
The Club and the University do not expect to issue a further statement on the project until early in 2021, when we hope to be able to share further details on this exciting project with Coventry City’s fans and the community.