Coventry City fans will be celebrating today after it was announced the club will return to its former home of the Ricoh Arena. Coventry City went into administration in March 2013 and following a stadium rent-row they were forced to play home games in Sixfields Stadium in Northampton.
The move was controversial and forced fans to travel an extra 40 minutes and 34 miles to games. The initial ground-share deal was for 3 season but as protests from loyal Coventry City fans continued and intensified, club management were forced to find an alternative.
The League 1 club will now return to their city and their old stadium, the Ricoh Arena, on 5 September when they take on Gillingham. The new agreement will run for two years with the option of an extra two seasons should the deal be a success.
The club development director, Steve Waggot, said:”We are under no illusion what a difficult 12 months it has been for the supporters and that was uppermost in our thinking as we worked to get this deal done.”
Following the troubles of administration and selling major assets, as well as relegation to League 1, the Sky Blues are now on the up and manager Steve Pressley will be desperate for success in 2014/15. Will this mark the end of Coventry City’s troubles? Can the club now unite together? I for one, would love to see this once great club back where they belong!