Coventry City reach agreement to return to the Ricoh Arena

Coventry City have come to an arrangement that should see the Sky Blues return to the Ricoh Arena.

Coventry City look set to return home – after almost two years of playing outside Coventry at Birmingham City’s Saint Andrew’s Stadium.

The deal that has been agreed upon by Coventry owner’s SISU, and Rugby Union Wasps will allow the Championship club to play at the Ricoh Arena for a minimum of seven years.

The agreement that will see Coventry make a return to the Ricoh Arena for the second time still needs to be signed off by the EFL.

Mark Robins’ Sky Blues found themselves without a home in 2019, after failing to come to an agreement with Rugby Union side Wasps.

Coventry owners SISU also lost their Supreme Court appeal over the undervaluation of the sale of the Ricoh Arena to Wasps by Coventry City Council in 2019 – the stadium sale had taken place in 2014.

Birmingham City manager Aitor Karanka, following a 2-1 home victory over QPR on Saturday, stated that the overuse of the pitch at Saint Andrew’s has been a hindrance to his team this season.

“If the pitch would have been better since the start of the season we would have played a lot better and won more games,” said Karanka.

“This is what we are living, another team – Coventry – is playing here, we have to live this moment. When I came here I knew Coventry were playing here, it is not a complaint.”

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