Following the Government’s Coronavirus Roadmap update on Monday night, Coventry City Chief Executive Dave Boddy has provided a Club Update below to supporters regarding the current situation and the Club’s return to Coventry:
“I hope that our supporters are well, staying safe and enjoying the Summer as best as they can at this moment.
“Following the Government’s announcement on Monday that the removal of restrictions has been postponed from 21st June to most likely 19th July, I can confirm that our regular Season Tickets will now not go on sale until at least 19th July. As a consequence, 2018/19 seats for fans who have not purchased yet will continue to be held until at least 19th July too.
“We have always taken a sensible and cautious approach to selling and logistics wherever we can during this time and will continue to do so.
“In terms of fans coming back, the current level is 25% which would mean that all Ricoh Return Phase 1 Members who bought a Season Ticket would be able to attend within that 8,000 capacity. Currently, those in Phase 2 would have to wait but we remain hopeful that the Government could allow 50% capacity and urge them to do so.
“How this could work on a matchday remains unclear to us as we await information from the Government. There is of course media speculation that fans initially may need to show that they are have had two doses of the injection or for those who have not to instead show proof of a negative test, but we await any information regarding any requirements such as this and will let fans know once we do.
“We find out our Championship fixtures on 24th June, which will be an exciting day for supporters. Following that, we will then be able to upload fixtures to Season Ticket cards for fans who have bought already and then start the task of sending these out in the post to fans – supporters should expect their cards around mid-July, but we will communicate more specific dates when we can.
“Of course fans will be keen to find out our new additions to the squad. We have a number of targets lined up and other players who are further down the line in terms of recruitment. Due to the nature of some of the signings, fans have to wait slightly longer than usual to find out who they are but I can re-assure them that while no announcements have been made yet, our plans are on track.
“Finally, work continues regarding our return to the Ricoh Arena – or from 1st July, the Coventry Building Society Arena! Fans will have seen the new look to the Wall of Fame, and there will be further improvements made over the coming weeks to the stadium from a CCFC perspective. We also have the ongoing, significant project that is the new Ticket Office and Club Shop, alongside Hummel who we have recently extended our agreement with for 7 years. Building work is continuing at a pace to transform the area into a space that will provide a real tangible improvement to the Club and to the experience that we provide to our supporters on a matchday and non-matchday.
“Alongside all of this, there is much more going on currently, both at the stadium and at Ryton and generally around the Club (or at the new Sky Blue Tavern!), and it is a very exciting Summer as we look to continue our upward trajectory and as we prepare for the 2021/22 campaign.
“Thanks for your support as always.