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Coventry looking to extend Ricoh Arena tenancy

Coventry looking to extend Ricoh Arena tenancy
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The stadium is owned by Wasps rugby union club.

Coventry hope to agree a new deal to stay at the Ricoh Arena beyond the end of this season.

The Sky Blues have approached the stadium’s owners, Wasps rugby union club, for talks over extending their current contract.

Coventry City Football Club can confirm its intention to agree a new deal to play matches at the Ricoh Arena beyond the end of the current season,” read a club statement.

“Coventry City has already made this clear to the stadium owners Wasps, writing to them directly on September 28 to request that talks commence to achieve this aim.

“We want to avoid doubt and uncertainty for everyone connected with the club, but most importantly for fans, about where the club will play home matches next season.

“Without agreement of a stadium to play at next season, the club’s place in the English Football League is at risk. The Ricoh Arena is currently the only suitable option available for the club to play home matches in Coventry.”

The Court of Appeal will announce on Friday its decision on whether there should be a judicial review into the sale of the stadium in 2014.

Sky Blues’ owners Sisu believe Coventry City Council undervalued the stadium by £27million when Wasps bought it.

Coventry’s statement added: “This is not about our owners and not about court cases – we are not aware of the judgement which will be made on Friday.  It is instead about the immediate future of Coventry City Football Club.”

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