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Club agrees terms on stadium site

26 July 2013

Sky Blues agree terms on potential new stadium site and enter into exclusive talks on a second site

Coventry City Football Club has moved a step closer to securing a new, permanent home.

The Sky Blues have agreed terms, subject to contract, on a site within six miles of the city centre and has entered exclusive talks on a second site.

The Club is aiming to finalise a deal within eight weeks, paving the way for a new facility for the Sky Blues.

To ensure the project hits the ground running the Club has appointed a team of advisers to realise its ambitious plans for the new base.

International property consultants CBRE are advising on the land acquisition.

The company has experience of advising on a number of significant football and sporting projects.

CBRE will work alongside a team of advisers hand-picked for their expertise advising sports clubs, including planning consultants Turley Associates, which advised on the delivery of the revamped Edgbaston Cricket Club, Alexander Stadium and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC’s new Compton Park Football Academy.

AFLS+P will be the architects on the project and it is one of the UK’s leading sports and leisure designers.

The firm has worked on a number of high-profile stadiums including Rotherham United Football Club, Molineux Stadium’s new North Stand, Newport Rugby Club, Alexander Stadium, Brentford Football Community Stadium complex, Warwickshire County Cricket Club, Leicester Tigers’ new North Stand, and Munster Rugby Club stadium.

National transport planning consultancy Vectos has been selected as the highways consultant, as it has particular expertise in working with professional football clubs to deliver infrastructure.

The firm has recently assisted Tottenham Hotspur Football Club to develop a new training centre and is currently advising on site development around Bolton Wanderers Football Club’s Reebok Stadium. It is also assisting Brighton & Hove Albion FC to increase capacity at their stadium.

Coventry City FC chief executive Tim Fisher said: “We completely understand the pain the groundshare is going to cause our supporters but we have a clear path to return to the Coventry area.

“We are under no illusions at just how tough it is going to be for the next three years but there is absolutely no question that Coventry City Football Club’s long term future is in this area.

“Once we have agreement on a site, we will begin a consultation process with our supporters because we want this to be their home – a home that everyone can be proud of.

“And, of course, a home where the club has access to all matchday and non-matchday revenues which are crucial when it comes to financial fair play.”

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