Coventry confirm relocation plans for new stadium after spending 2019/20 season ground-sharing with Birmingham

Coventry have confirmed plans to build a new stadium in the city after partnering up with the University of Warwick.

The Sky Blues spent their 2019/20 promotion-winning season at the home of neighbours Birmingham City.

Coventry finished champions of League One in the 2019/20 campaign

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Coventry finished champions of League One in the 2019/20 campaign

Coventry will be allowed to build a new stadium on agricultural land owned by the university. The planning authority would therefore be Warwick District Council rather than Coventry.

The Sky Blues have spent two of the last seven seasons away from their home ground, the Ricoh Arena, because of rent issues.

They ground-shared with Northampton in the 2013/14 campaign and did the same with Birmingham this term, which ended in promotion to the Championship.

Now, Coventry look set to have a new home on the southwest edge of the city.

Coventry have not played at the Ricoh Arena in over a year

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Coventry have not played at the Ricoh Arena in over a year

A 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 on Warwickshire land on its main campus at the southwest edge of Coventry.


 

“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.”


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