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NEWS: Owners of Coventry City ends all Stadium proceedings against Coventry City Council, following talks with University of Warwick

14 February 2022

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The owners of Coventry City Football Club (CCFC) have ended all proceedings relating to the sale of the Coventry Building Society Arena (formerly the Ricoh Arena) to Wasps Rugby Club.

The dispute between the football club’s owners and Coventry City Council has been ongoing for over 10 years. During this time, numerous attempts to break the impasse have failed. However, talks involving the owners of CCFC, and the University of Warwick, have now resulted in an end to the long-running dispute.

The decision will allow the football club and Coventry City Council to open a meaningful dialogue for the first time in a decade. All parties are of course committed to work together to create a world-class football club for Coventry.

Joy Seppala, owner of Coventry City FC, said: “Following discussions with the University of Warwick, we are now able to end all proceedings relating to the sale of the Coventry Building Society Arena.

“As we move forward with our vision, we want to draw a clear line under the past and continue to build new and strong relationships with all our partners, including Coventry City Council. We can now move forward to achieve this, and together, deliver a football club which the city of Coventry can continue to be proud.”

Stuart Croft, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Warwick, said: “We have worked closely with Coventry City FC to get to this point. I want to thank both Cllr George Duggins and Joy Seppala for their openness, collaboration, and forward-thinking.

“I’m delighted that Coventry City FC have now sought to end all proceedings and together we can move forward together towards an exciting future.

“The University of Warwick is proud to be able to support our city’s football club. Not only will this benefit the club and its fans, but the wider benefits to the city will be significant.”

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