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Coventry City chief executive is urging stadium rental companies Wasps to install a new pitch

The Coventry Building Society Arena hosted 65 Rugby Sevens matches during the Commonwealth Games

Coventry chief executive Dave Boddy has urged the landlords of the Coventry Building Society Arena, Wasps, to put down a new pitch as soon as possible.

Boddy says it’s the best solution to fix the interface issues.

Coventry have not been able to play a home game this season as the pitch has been deemed unsafe.

“There’s very little chance of playing on Saturday and unless we install a new pitch quickly, there’s not a chance any time soon,” Boddy told ` CWR.

“It’s not in our hands, it’s in the hands of our landlords.”

The CBS Arena is owned by Wasps, who released a statement last week saying they had told the Sky Blues games would have to be postponed earlier this season.

But Boddy believes the club will have a “serious problem” unless they replace the pitch.

“I spoke to our landlords last week and they said they will not put up a new pitch,” he said.

“They have to do something about it, and they have to do it now.”

Saturday’s game against Huddersfield is Coventry’s last game to be affected as the club hope to move the game to opposition John Smith’s Stadium.

Tuesday is Home game against Wigan has already been postponed after an EFL-appointed independent assessor found the CBS Arena pitch unplayable.

“We spoke to Wasps about helping fund a new pitch,” Boddy said. “But the relationship we have with them is that they have to provide us with a place that’s fit for purpose.”

Boddy said wasps didn’t give him a reason why they wouldn’t lay a new surface.

“We triggered the dispute resolution mechanism in our agreement, so it will now be referred to a third party for resolution,” he said.

“We’re all frustrated and it’s not helping anyone at the club.”

Coventry lost 3-2 at Millwall on Saturday and drew their opening game at Sunderland before losing 4-1 to Bristol City in the Carabao Cup tie, which was moved to Burton’s Pirelli Stadium.

The background to the ongoing arena issues

The stadium, originally launched as the Ricoh Arena, was jointly owned by Arena Coventry Ltd, which was built in part from a trust fund left by a Sky Blues fan when City in 2005, following the controversial sale of their former home, the Highfield Road, moved there, for housing.

The Sky Blues then spent 14 months in exile in Sixfields, Northampton, following a rent dispute, before returning to the city in September 2014.

Wasps became the town’s landlords when they left their then home in High Wycombe in December 2014 to buy the property with financial support from Coventry City Council.

Another row with Wasps saw City play at St Andrew’s in Birmingham for two seasons before returning to Coventry last year.

Wasps have been under a financial strain, especially since the Covid pandemic requested millions of pounds of public money in June by the West Midlands Combined Authority.

But Wasps owner Derek Richardson told the Times on Friday that growing rumors the club is set to go into administration are untrue.

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