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Coventry City to groundshare with Birmingham City for 2019/20 season

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Coventry City Football Club has confirmed that it will groundshare at Birmingham City’s St Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium for the 2019/20 season.

The Club say they hoped "that a deal could be agreed with Wasps to play at the Ricoh Arena.

"The deadline has passed and unfortunately there has been no agreement.

"To ensure we fulfil our home fixtures and therefore retain our place in the EFL, CCFC will be groundsharing next season."

As such, after much hard-work behind the scenes to avoid this by staff at the club and friends of the Club in our community, we now find ourselves in a groundshare situation. This is beyond regrettable.

– Coventry City Football Club

The club continued: "We know full well that this is a very sad day for Coventry City Football Club, the City of Coventry, Coventrians and most importantly Sky Blues supporters.

"The Ricoh Arena is the stadium built to be the football Club’s home, and our fans should be able to watch their team play in the City that we are proud to represent.

"We understand the strength of feeling in regard to a groundshare. We wholeheartedly share your feeling that Coventry City should play in Coventry. This decision was our last resort and was made to ensure the Club can fulfil its fixtures next season.

"We would like to thank Birmingham City and their staff for their continued support in this situation, and the wider football community and other sporting clubs who have reached out to offer their assistance."

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