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Coventry City to temporarily groundshare at League One club amid pitch issues at own stadium

Coventry City have confirmed are to temporarily groundshare at League One club Burton Albion amid pitch issues at their own stadium.

The Sky Blues have arranged to relocate their Carabao Cup clash with Bristol City at third tier Burton Albion.

The match will kick-off at 7.45pm at the Pirelli Stadium instead, after it had been scheduled to take place at the CBS Arena on Wednesday night (Aug 10) but the fixture is the second to fall victim to an unplayable surface.

Sunday’s first home game of the season against Rotherham United was postponed, with a date still yet to be agreed, following a pitch inspection on Saturday night when match officials, including a Premier League referee, deemed it unsafe.

That view was in line with manager Mark Robins who was highly critical of the playing surface in his pre-match press conference on Friday when he expressed his fears for the players’ safety.

STATEMENT:

Coventry City can confirm that Wednesday’s Carabao Cup game against Bristol City will not take place at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

The match will now be played at Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium. Kick-off on Wednesday 10th August will be at 7:45pm.

The pitch at the Arena was deemed unplayable and unsafe on Saturday and it has been decided, following discussions with the Arena today, that there will not be sufficient improvement of the playing surface for the game to be played on Wednesday at the Arena.

Coventry City can confirm that Wednesday’s Carabao Cup game against Bristol City will not take place at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

The match will now be played at Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium. Kick-off on Wednesday 10th August will be at 7:45pm.

The pitch at the Arena was deemed unplayable and unsafe on Saturday and it has been decided, following discussions with the Arena today, that there will not be sufficient improvement of the playing surface for the game to be played on Wednesday at the Arena.

Stadium owners and City’s landlords, Wasps, have said they are “implementing an action plan to ensure the pitch is repaired and available as soon as possible,” but it’s clear that the pitch remains unfit for football this week. Robins’ men are away at Millwall on Saturday but have back-to-back home matches against Wigan Athletic and Huddersfield Town scheduled for a week on Tuesday (Aug 16) and Saturday, August 20.

Dave Boddy, Coventry City Chief Executive, said speaking about having to play away from the Arena said: “It is with regret we have had to do this, but there is was no way that it can be guaranteed the pitch could be playable or safe on Wednesday and it was important this decision was taken sooner rather than later.

“Over the weekend, we have seen questions from fans about the situation and about why we did not ask for our first two games to be played away, but this was not possible under EFL fixture sequencing rules which apply equally to all Clubs.

“Regardless, this does not change the fact that the pitch at the Arena is not currently playable or safe for our games last Sunday or this Wednesday.

“Following the usage at the Commonwealth Games, our first opportunity to survey the pitch in person was on Thursday due to the stadium lockdown, at which point we put the wheels in motion with the EFL and with the Arena to address this issue.

“We are in dialogue with the Arena about the situation regarding the pitch and will keep fans updated as soon as we are able to regarding the pitch.”

Speaking about playing at Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium, Boddy added: “We are grateful to Ben Robinson and Burton Albion for their assistance in helping us to fulfil this fixture.

“It is vital for us that we fulfil our obligations to take part in the Carabao Cup, and for the team to get back to playing games.

“We appreciate this will be more upheaval for supporters and I’m sure they will understand this is beyond our control.

“We will be communicating shortly regarding ticket information for the match on Wednesday, as well as details for fans who had bought a ticket for the game to be played at the Coventry Building Society Arena but are no longer able to attend or no longer wish to.”

Fans reacted with Coventry City to temporarily groundshare at the League One club amid pitch issues at their own stadium…

@liam_covv: It just gets worse 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

@Lewis_Daffern: What in the world 😭😭😭

@SebFitzpatrick: Crowd of 300 incoming

@_alexsmith1999_: I make that 5 different grounds we’ve played a home game at in my lifetime 🤣🤣🤣

@PaulBeaufoy: How many points do you get for attending? #pusb

@Skye_Lloyd: Triple loyalty points for this, MINIMUM

@ShergillSanjay: Think people who brought tickets for this game should get at least 1000 points 🤝

@stevieanders76: Hopefully all the people that originally bought a ticket for the game at CBS get the priority points whether they can go to Burton or not?

@martynjoness: How many points will we get for going there then 🤔 It’s unacceptable to be a Championship club and allowing this to happen. Anyone with half a brain would have known the state that pitch wouldve been in after the games with zero time to fix it.

@rogerthedodge2: 5 different grounds for home games – there’s a quiz question in a few years.

@JoeyCov1; We’ve got no ground, who gives a fuck, we’re Coventry City and we’re going up 🎵

@dvig9: Home grounds in last 10 years … Coventry, Northampton, Birmingham, Wembley (yes that counts) and now Burton. #PUSB

@skybluedave74: well done getting this organised at short notice, with it not being possible to reverse the fixture thought we’d end up forfeiting. Hope @waspsrugby are covering costs incurred & lost revenue, should be ashamed they can not provide a pitch that is deemed safe to play on

@fingaldinz: Surely there’s gotta be free coach travel 😭

@Ramma_____: Professional football is too big for Coventry City.

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