Coventry home opener postponed due to dangerous, unplayable pitch

The Sky Bet Championship opener at Coventry’s home to Rotherham on Sunday was postponed after the ground was deemed unsafe and unplayable.

The Coventry Building Society Arena, home to rugby club Wasps, had been used as a venue for the Commonwealth Games rugby sevens tournament as well as concerts.

Coventry have confirmed that all tickets purchased for Sunday’s game will be eligible for the rearranged game and that fans will be kept informed on whether the Carabao Cup tie against Bristol City can go ahead as scheduled.

A club statement read: “Coventry City are extremely disappointed to confirm that Sunday’s game against Rotherham United has been postponed.

“Following an inspection by a senior match official on Saturday, the pitch at the Coventry Building Society Arena was deemed unsafe and unplayable.

“This follows an inspection which took place on Friday by the EFL and a local referee, which was also attended by manager Mark Robins and chief executive Dave Boddy.

“We are very frustrated that the arena pitch is not up to standard, and share the huge disappointment that fans, players and staff will feel that our home opener has been postponed in these circumstances.

The Commonwealth Games rugby 7s tournament took place in Coventry (Mike Egerton/PA)

“The arena’s promised investment in new ground unfortunately did not materialize over the summer, which was compounded by concerts on the ground and then huge use at the Commonwealth Games over the weekend. end last.

“We appreciate the efforts made under difficult circumstances by the field staff who work for the arena.”

Coventry chief executive Boddy added: “Last season the condition of the pitch was highlighted as a concern and we expected this to be resolved by Wasps and Arena who are responsible for the pitch. , during the summer.

“Unfortunately that hasn’t been the case, and that’s the result of that, plus the sheer amount of use at the Commonwealth Games last week.

“I seek urgent discussions with Wasps General Manager Stephen Vaughan and the Arena on the condition of the pitch, and expect immediate and significant improvements to be made to make the pitch playable as soon as possible. .”

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