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PUSB: 'From The Board' versus Rotherham United

26 October 2022

Club News

PUSB: 'From The Board' versus Rotherham United

26 October 2022

After each matchday programme this season, we publish the regular column from the Coventry City board on our website. You can read Coventry City Chief Executive Dave Boddy's column from our game against Rotherham United below:

Good evening and welcome to tonight’s game against Rotherham United at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

I would also like to welcome the players, staff, supporters and officials who join us from Rotherham for tonight’s Sky Bet Championship fixture.

The atmosphere last Wednesday for our win against Sheffield United was fantastic and that was followed up by another win against Stoke City, with nearly 2,500 of the Sky Blue Army in fantastic voice – thank you for your support, both home and away. It means a great deal to everyone at the Football Club, and really does lift the players and staff.

Last Monday, just after our programme against Sheffield United went to print, saw the news that Wasps had gone into administration. The thoughts of everyone at Coventry City Football Club are with all those who have been affected by this news, including the Wasps players, staff and supporters.

On the same day, Arena Coventry Limited announced their intention to enter administration - the intention announcement essentially gives a 10 working days’ notice period prior to entering administration, unless a buyer is found. Arena Coventry Limited is the company that has the long lease of the Coventry Building Society Arena, with the freehold remaining under Coventry City Council, and our licence to play at the Arena is with Arena Coventry Limited.

Obviously this is a situation which is outside of the Club’s control, but it is a situation we are understandably following closely and we are in regular contact with the Arena and its directors regarding this and what may happen.  

We continue to be in regular contact with Coventry City Council too. Both ourselves and the Council have a shared determination to ensure that we can continue to play fixtures at the Coventry Building Society Arena as this challenging situation with the Arena carries on, which the Council has stated publicly, and we continue our dialogue with them to this effect.

We understand our fans will have questions and concerns about this current situation, and we will continue to keep fans updated as and when we are able to do so.

Last week we launched our Match Packages, which give supporters the chance to buy tickets for multiple games and save money while doing so. We know that the Match Packages have been very popular with fans in previous years, and they provide great savings when used for Category A and B games for fans who may not be able to commit to a Season Ticket but still want to support their team. At a time when the cost of living is in focus, we have frozen the prices of these and hopefully this decision and these Match Packages will help supporters.

Today’s game is the first of our re-arranged matches from the start of the season. As previously mentioned, the Club will be making a gesture during the 22/23 campaign to Season Ticket holders following the inconvenience caused by the postponements in August – details of this will be communicated to fans in due course. We know that some fans may not wish to accept this gesture from the Club, and it will therefore be optional.

This is the start of a busy period of home games for us before the World Cup break and I know that the Sky Blue Army will be looking forward to it and will be right behind the team as always.

Dave


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