AUG 99] COVENTRY CITY FC NEWS
Work Starts On Arena 2000
Coventry City came a step nearer achieving their dream of a new
50,000 seat arena today when work started on the site.
Arena 2000 complete with a sliding roof and retractable
pitch will seat 45,000 for football and around 50,000 for concerts and other events.
The arena, which is due to open in two years time, has been
given full planning consent and the club have now bought the land from BG Properties.
Transco are the first contractors to start work, removing three gas holders and building a
new gas pressure-reducing station.
FOLESHILL GAS WORKS
The 70-acre former gas works site in Foleshill is heavily
contaminated and it will cost the club £18 million to clean it ahead of building work
which will start in the winter.
Club chairman Bryan Richardson, the man behind the scheme, said work
beginning on site was a landmark for the club and the city.
"This is a great day. There have been times when we
did not think that work would begin but here we are. We have had great support from the
council all the way through and as we have progressed people have really begun to believe
it will happen. Now they all know it will.
"I have said before that it is essential we raise our
revenue. At present we turn over around £20 million but that will double with the
creation of the new ground.
"This will be a truly seven-day arena capable of
housing world class sporting and entertainment events as well as conferences and trade
"It will create thousands of jobs and do wonders for
Council leader John Fletcher, a Highfield Road regular,
said a successful Coventry City was essential for local people.
"This will put Coventry on the international map but
also give the city itself a huge lift. It is so important for a city to have a successful
football team but this means so much more in every sense."