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Coventry City confirm big new stadium update

Coventry City have chosen to confirm a much needed big new stadium update to their supporters via social media on Tuesday morning.

The newly crowned League One champions currently play their matches at Birmingham City, a groundshare that has seen fans opting out in attending home matches.

The Sky Blues owners, SISU, remain in negotiations with Wasps over a potential third return to the Ricoh Arena next season. Failure to agree a deal is expected to see Mark Robins’ team return to St Andrew’s stadium.

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The Observer understands the early proposal is for a modular stadium costing up to £30million.

It would have an estimated 18,000 or 20,000 capacity which could potentially rise above 35,000 seats if required.

A 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.”

They have struggled to find a permanent home after first leaving the Ricoh in 2013, which saw them having to play home games around 34 miles away in Northampton and more recently at St Andrew’s, 22 miles away.

Previous proposals for a stadium at the former Woodlands School site in Tile Hill, Coventry, appear to have stalled after planning negotiations with the council.

Earlier groundshare talks collapsed with Coventry rugby club at an expanded Butts Park Arena – where the council also owns the freehold.

It was five months ago that Sisu boss Joy Seppala met fans and gave updates on the situation regarding the Ricoh Arena and plans on returning back to the city for the 2020/21 season.

She said that the new stadium would look similar to fellow League One side Shrewsbury Town’s New Meadow, rather than having a bowl design.

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