21 July 2020 12:37
Sign up NOW to get daily Sky Blues news straight to your inbox Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid Email Coventry City have announced plans to build a new stadium this morning. A statement from the Sky Blues confirmed the club's plans to build their own stadium on the grounds of the University of Warwick. The news will be welcome by City fans who have had to travel to Birmingham to watch their team's games this season, exiled once again from the Ricoh Arena. But what could the new stadium look like? And what has been said in the past about the plans?
We take a look below. Want the biggest Coventry City stories straight to your inbox? Sign up at the top of this story or follow instructions here Today's statement The club statement read: "Coventry City Football Club and the University of Warwick are delighted to announce that they have commenced planning for a partnership, which would see the University provide land to the Club for the development of a new stadium, thereby creating a new home for the Football Club with easy access for fans living in the City of Coventry. "Whilst an exact site has yet to be agreed, its proximity would be on the agricultural field area of the University of Warwick land on its main campus at the southwest edge of Coventry. "The Club will own and be entirely responsible for the cost of the stadium and its operation; equally, the Club will receive all stadium revenues it generates. "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." Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8 Cancel Play now The new Stadium Speaking about the new stadium in June, Sky Blues CEO David Boddy said: "As previously communicated, the search for stadium sites is ongoing and has been narrowed down to a shortlist of 6 sites. "A further site has also recently been identified. Although all sites are suitable for a stadium, the new site is considered the ideal location. "As the exact location of the sites is commercially sensitive, they couldn't tell us where the sites were, however, it was confirmed that all sites on the shortlist have been approved by the EFL for their proximity to St Mary's Guildhall in Coventry, which is a marker point for the EFL. (Image: AFLS+P) "Joy (Seppala) confirmed she can see the potential in the fan base for bigger crowds. Both Joy and Dave thought that crowds would have been in the region of 15 – 18k for some of the bigger games this season (such as Rotherham & Sunderland) at the Ricoh Arena. "For this reason, when looking at sites and designs for Stadiums they have this figure in mind as a minimum. The potential new stadium would possibly be a four-sided design rather than a bowl (similar to the design of Shrewsbury's new stadium) as this allowed greater scope for future expansion. "Current thinking is that new stadium would be 18-20,000, expandable to somewhere in the region of 30,000." The stadium site has, of course, since been confirmed as on the grounds of the University of Warwick. Ricoh Arena During that address back in June, Boddy suggested the club hopes to return to Ricoh Arena while the new stadium is being built. "Owning our stadium, and associated revenue streams, remains the longer-term goal.," he added. "For this reason, the aim is to look to agree a sustainable deal to allow us to play at the Ricoh Arena for 5 years whilst work is ongoing. "If a deal cannot be reached with Wasps to play at the Ricoh Arena, then we do have agreement from the EFL to remain at Birmingham for a further 2 seasons beyond this season. "Naturally they would like to start selling season tickets from March, but they cannot do this until we know where we will be playing." Coventry City have announced a partnership with the University of Warwick as they plot plans to build a new home for the Football Club. For the last year Coventry have played their home games at Birmingham City's St Andrew's, with the club, once again, squeezed out of their more recognised home at the Ricoh. However, a club statement today has announced the partnership with the University of Warwick, who will provide the Sky Blues with land to build a new stadium with easier access for the Coventry City supporters. Quiz: Do you know what shirt number each of these 14 Coventry City players wear? 1 of 14 Marko Marosi 1 13 22 28 Of course, this is at a very early stage, but combined with the club's promotion back into the Championship, a brighter future is shaping up for a club that's not had too much to cheer about in the last couple of years. NEWS: Coventry City and the University of Warwick announce new Sky Blues stadium plans. ➡️ #PUSB pic.twitter.com/aXpi4XWUZd — Coventry City (@Coventry_City) July 21, 2020 For many fans, their reaction to this news is a positive one and there's a growing buzz around the Coventry club at the moment. Others hope this isn't a smokescreen and are approaching with caution but, again, you can't deny there's a buzz. We dive into the action here… Hope there is genuine intent behind this and not a smokescreen for the news we are staying in Birmingham. — Scott Hamilton (@scotthamilton92) July 21, 2020 Wow. This is massive. If this happens it is going to be fantastic for the club #PUSB — Guy Rippon (@guyrippon) July 21, 2020 I am extremely pleased to hear this..but does anyone feel it is a softener to for the news we won't be returning to the ricoh this season?#pusb — maddy (@maddymacmaddy1) July 21, 2020 Fantastic news, plenty of potential showing on & even now maybe off the pitch. I hope this is a genuine statement of intent, and not just more hot air. I guess time will tell…. #PUSB — Andy Costello (@Zipper282) July 21, 2020 I hope this isn't another false dawn or smokescreen. Sounds promising. — Dave (@skybluedave83) July 21, 2020 Brilliant news, really exciting news to see potential partnership between my old Uni and football club — Rob Joneß (@RobJonesPUSB) July 21, 2020