Coventry City have announced plans to build a new stadium on the edge of the city as they prepare for a return to the Championship.
The Sky Blues played their home games in the 2019/20 season at Birmingham City’s St Andrews Stadium as they won promotion from League One. It was the second time that they had to relocate from the Ricoh Arena, having previously had a spell at Northampton Town’s Sixfields Stadium.
With the season done and dusted, some discussion had emerged about a potential return for Coventry to their former home, which is now owned by rugby club Wasps.
Signing a one-year deal with the option to extend by a further year with Birmingham City, Coventry have now announced that they will relocate in the future to a brand new stadium.
The new venue will be in partnership with the University of Warwick and will be located on the periphery of the city.
A joint statement from Coventry City and the University of Warwick said: “We are both 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.”
It remains unclear whether or not Coventry will continue to play at St Andrews next term or move back to the Ricoh Arena on a temporary basis.
This is superb news for Coventry and the club’s fans, who are still basking in the success of Mark Robins guiding them to promotion.
Staying in the Championship after next season would be a further boost, particularly with the promise of a new stadium on the horizon.
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