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Coventry City to stay at Ricoh Arena for two more seasons

The Ricoh Arena Credit: PA

Wasps and Coventry City will both continue to play at the Ricoh Arena for the next two seasons, after coming to an agreement to extend the current licence agreement.

Wasps completed the full takeoverof the Arena in November 2014 and reached an agreement for Coventry City to continue to play at the venue as well.

“Naturally we are very pleased that Coventry City will continue playing at the Ricoh Arena until at least the end of the 2017/18 season."

"We have always said we are keen to work alongside the football club and for the Sky Blues to stay at the Ricoh Arena, which continues to be their home as well as Wasps’ home."

– David Armstrong (Wasps Group CEO)

"I have already said on several occasions that it is important for us to have security about where we are going to play football next year and know our supporters and stakeholders join me in looking forward to an exciting second half of the season."

– Chris Anderson (CCFC Executive Vice Chairman)

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Wasps hoping to fill rugby 'void' in area

Rugby Union club Wasps say they hope they can fill a 'void' in the area in terms of big rugby clubs.

Captain James Haskell highlighted Leicester and Northampton nearby who sell out their grounds regularly, and hopes Wasps can do the same in Coventry.

The club is expecting 27,000 fans to turn out at their first game at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday.

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Wasps hoping for record turnout in first game at Ricoh

Wasps in training at the Ricoh Arena earlier this week Credit: ITV News Central

Wasps are hoping to break the attendance record for a regular Premiership Rugby fixture as they prepare to play their first home game at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

More than 27,000 people are expected for Sunday's game against London Irish.

School children see Wasps train at Ricoh for first time

Wasps in action at the Ricoh Credit: ITV News Central/Ewhen Kurlak

Wasps have been training at the Ricoh Arena for the first time, and they were watched by local school children.

Crowds gathered to see the now Coventry-based club train Credit: ITV News Central/Ewhen Kurlak

The club moved from Wycombe's Adam's Park to Coventry, after they signed a deal to become full shareholders of the stadium last month.

The club have been working with schools in the area to encourage children to get involved in rugby.

The club became full shareholders of the Ricoh last month Credit: ITV News Central/Ewhen Kurlak

Wasps to replace much-criticised pitch at the Ricoh Arena ahead of Coventry City's next home match

Coventry City's pitch has been criticised by the club's manager Credit: Jon Buckle/EMPICS Sport

Wasps have announced plans to lay a temporary new pitch at the Ricoh Arena ahead of Coventry City's next home game.

The pitch has been much-criticised by a number of visiting teams and even by the Sky Blues manager Steven Pressley.

It's difficult to play in the manner that I want my team to play in on that pitch. The standard of the pitch is so poor.

In fact, at this moment in time, the Ricoh Arena pitch is probably the worst in the entire Football League.

– Steven Pressley, Coventry City manager (speaking in November)
Steven Pressley has called the pitch the worst in the Football League Credit: Jon Buckle/PA Archive/Press Association Images
Wasps will play their first match on 21 December at the Ricoh Arena Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Wasps say they will fully relay the pitch over the summer in order to be ready for the 2015/16 season.

The club's subsidiary ACL (Arena Coventry Ltd), which owns 50% of the stadium, will fund the temporary replacement.

The surface is expected to be ready in time for Coventry's next home game against Fleetwood Town on 20 December.

We are not willing to compromise on the quality of the playing surface and recognise that this issue needs to be addressed now, so we have provided the best temporary solution available to us.

– Nick Eastwood, Wasps Chief Executive

Wasps' match will be on 21 December against London Irish following their purchase of 50% of the stadium.

Wasps' Andy Goode reassures Coventry fans after move

The former Worcester Rugby and Leicester Tigers star - and Coventry City fan - Andy Goode has been quick to reassure Sky Blues fans after Wasps bought the Ricoh Arena.

He says the decision by his current side Wasps to move to the stadium will not negatively impact on the football club he has always supported.

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