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Sky Blues and Wasps to agree new Ricoh deal

It looks like Coventry City will be extending their deal to play home games at the Ricoh Arena.

A statement from the club said, "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.

"Coventry City has already made this clear to the stadium owners Wasps, writing to them directly on 28th September 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.

"We are committed to working with the stadium owners Wasps to achieve our aim of a new deal, which we believe will be of benefit to them too.

"We have seen attendances rise this season and have worked hard to increase CCFC non-matchday events at the Ricoh Arena, and we therefore hope that Coventry City can continue to be a valuable tenant to Wasps.

"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.

"Since the new agreement was made for the current season, we have seen relations and co-operation between our companies improve greatly on a day-to-day level. We hope that this will continue, for the benefit of both Wasps Rugby Club, the Ricoh Arena and Coventry City Football Club.

"We will aim to keep fans informed, subject to confidentiality agreements, wherever possible."

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