Coventry City are very close to completing a deal to return to the Ricoh Arena.
The ‘Sky Blues’ have been playing 22 miles away from their home since the 2019-20 season as they share the ground of fellow Championship side Birmingham.
However, it is now believed Coventry City have reached an agreement with Wasps – Ricoh Arena’s owners – to return to the stadium next season.
SISU Stadium Saga
Since Mayfair-based hedge fund, SISU, became owners of Coventry late 2007, they have received much hatred from the ‘Sky Blue’ fan base. The main criticism has arisen due to how they have dealt with the stadium.
Coventry City had first moved into the new Ricoh Arena in 2005, from Highfield Road.
However, after a long lasting rent row with former stadium owners – Arena Coventry Limited – they played home games at Northampton Town’s Sixfields in the 2013-14 season.
Rugby Union side Wasps agreed a deal to own the Ricoh stadium in December 2014. This was followed by an agreement with Coventry City, allowing them to remain in the stadium, that they had moved back into for the 2014-15 season.
After four full seasons sharing a stadium with Wasps, SISU failed to reach an agreement to play the 2019-20 campaign there, hence moving to St Andrew’s.
In spite of this, SISU and Wasps have now come to a 10-year agreement to bring the football club back to Coventry.
SISU still desires to build a new stadium on the south-west of the City.
Meanwhile, Coventry City host Derby at St Andrews on Saturday, as they fight to remain in the Championship before their move back to the Ricoh Arena.