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Coventry City set to return to the Ricoh Arena

Coventry City are set make a welcomed return to the Ricoh Arena next season after they reached an agreement on a 10-year deal to move back to their old stadium.

Terms have been agreed between the club's owners SISU and rugby union side Wasps, who own the stadium, after more than a year of talks.

The EFL board is set to approve Coventry's return on Thursday before the deal is officially signed and announced on Friday.

The move will bring an end to Coventry's short stay at Birmingham City's St Andrew's stadium, where they have played for the last two years.

There is another season left on the deal for Coventry to play at St Andrew's. While the Sky Blues are not contractually obliged to play in Birmingham next season as the contract contains a break clause, it is likely they will have to pay compensation to end the agreement.

In addition, Birmingham announced in December that significant structural repairs need to be carried out on two of the ground's four stands.

Coventry moved out of the Ricoh Arena in 2019 after a dispute with Wasps over the legality of the sale of the ground to the rugby club in 2014.

They also left the Ricoh Arena in 2013 and played their home games in Northampton for over a year due to a disagreement over rent with the stadium's previous owners, Arena Coventry Limited (ACL).


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