Coventry City to move out of Sixfields Stadium in Northampton

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Coventry City has played its last home game at Sixfields Stadium in Northampton after agreeing a deal to return to the Ricoh Arena, it has been announced.

A statement on Coventry City’s website this morning said the Sky Blues had agreed a two-year deal, with an option for an extra two years, to return to the Ricoh Arena.

The club will return to Coventry for the home game against Gillingham on September 6.

A compensation agreement is believed to have been reached with the Cobblers as Sisu are currently less than half way through a three-year deal to play at Sixfields.

Steve Waggott, development director at Coventry City FC, said: “We are delighted to get this deal done and I am sure every supporter of Coventry City will be thrilled with this news.

“We are under no illusion what a difficult 12 months it has been for the supporters and that was uppermost in our thinking as we worked to get this deal done.

“There has had to be compromise on both sides and the commercial details of the deal will remain confidential.

A spokesman for Coventry said Northampton had been kept “fully informed” and thanked the club for its hospitality over the last 12 months.

The Football League’s Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey, has welcomed the news that Coventry City have reached agreement with Arena Coventry Limited (ACL) to return to the Ricoh Arena.

Mr Harvey said: “When the Football League Board gave its consent to Coventry City playing its matches in Northampton, it did so with this outcome in mind.

“It ensured that the club could continue to fulfil its fixtures, and thereby remain in The Football League, while all parties focussed on resolving this complex commercial dispute.

“While we understand that the Board’s decision led to a significant amount of dissatisfaction amongst Coventry supporters, we would not be where we are today without it. On this basis alone, this very difficult decision has now been justified.

“I hope today is viewed as a new beginning for all the parties and that Sky Blues supporters can transfer the passion and energy they have put into their campaigning back into watching their club play in Coventry.”