“Trust’s Letter To CCFC Chief Executive"
Dear Mr Boddy
Following the match against Mansfield Town on Saturday, Coventry City now have only 14 League Two matches scheduled to be played at the Ricoh Arena before the end of the current season. As you know, the agreement which allows such games to be played at the Arena expires at the end of the season. Coventry City are therefore just 14 games away from homelessness.
Unless a suitable home ground, which meets all the relevant standards, can be secured before the start of the 2018/19 season, Coventry City may cease to exist.
Please can you tell me what steps you are taking to secure a suitable home ground for Coventry City beyond the end of the current season? It seems that the continuing legal action by Otium Entertainment Group Ltd and others against Coventry City Council and Wasps is impeding the resumption of meaningful negotiations with Wasps over use of the Ricoh for next season and beyond. Are you having any discussions with Wasps about the possible use of the Ricoh Arena beyond the end of the current season?When do you expect to be able to announce the location of the Club's home ground for 2018/19?
It has been suggested that a tenancy at Butts Park Arena (BPA) is an option for the football club to play its games from next season. Is that still the case? Is it the Club's preferred option or simply an alternative if the Ricoh is not available to you? When can we expect to see a formal proposal for BPA? How will that tackle the potential obstacles such as planning, traffic, parking, residents’ concerns etc? In your opinion, could such a development be completed before the start of the 2018/19 football season in August 2018?
As Coventry City supporters are increasingly alarmed about the growing urgency of this matter, please could I have your response before the next home League Two game is played, against Crawley Town on Saturday 25 November 2017?
Secretary, the Sky Blue Trust