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Coventry City could be on the move again!
The turmoil within West Midlands rugby could have a knock-on effect as Coventry City are already eyeing new grounds.
If you are a Coventry City fan you must be beginning to think you’ll never be destined to play more than two consecutive seasons in Coventry ever again.
On Sunday afternoon Wasps’ administrators accepted an offer to purchase this club from a consortium made up of ex-players. The news will bring some relief to fans after the club was placed into administration on 17th October.
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Since then the club was suspended from the Gallagher Premiership and subsequently relegated, with all of this season's results expunged and 167 members of staff losing their jobs.
It was the same fate suffered by Worcester Warriors too, who had a winding up order enforced by the Royal Courts of Justice.
Whilst both clubs now have potential new investment, the situation at Wasps has the potential to cause disruption for their ground mates Coventry City.
Wasps Holding Limited is the company that has gone into administration, Coventry Building Society Arena is owned by ACL. This means that the CBS Arena and ACL can apply for its own administrators. This would allow the stadium to continue to be used, in the hope potential funding can be found.
ACL said : “The arena is a profitable stand-alone business with huge potential and therefore is attracting strong interest from a number of parties.”
It would allow the arena to continue to generate funds and would also mean the Rugby League World Cup game and Coventry City fixtures will go ahead as planned, which is in everyone's interest.
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Of course, this is all best case scenario. So it should be no surprise that Coventry City have already begun to scout out potential new venues, should the CBS no longer be available.
With St. Andrews being a health and safety nightmare and half of it still closed, it’s unlikely the Sky Blues will be enquiring about renting the facilities and making a return to Small Heath.
The most likely, short term, for Coventry is at Poundland Bescott. However it seems fans are unhappy at the proposal straight from the off. At roughly 11,000, the capacity of the Bescott is a few thousand short of the 13,500 season ticket holders Coventry City currently have. Any potential move would surely have to accommodate tickets already sold.
It’s unclear whether Coventry will have to find a new home, the chances of which depend upon the sale of Wasps. One thing is for certain, it will only increase demand for Coventry to finally get a home they can call their own.
Written by Tomas Browne
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