DEC 00] COVENTRY CITY MATCH
Sky Blues Stadium Faces New Threat
City’s new arena could be broadsided by a plan to build a
stadium just ten miles away in Birmingham.
at the National Exhibition Centre are considering a scheme to
build a stadium with a sliding roof that could also be used for
staging huge indoor pop concerts.
Sky Blues arena, being built on the site of the former Foleshill
gasworks, is to become the biggest indoor concert venue in
Europe. It is to have a both a retractable roof and a pitch.
BLUES' PLANNED ARENA
chairman Bryan Richardson said he envisages the stadium being in
use nearly every night of the week. If there is no football then
the stadium could be used for pop concerts.
this would rely on linking up with a company with an established
reputation for running high-profile events, to make sure that
big names could be attracted to the stadium.
was thought that the NEC group, based ten miles away, were the
likely candidates for this.
NEC has been considering expansion plans at its own site.
Recently developers were asked to make suggestions as to what
could be done with nearby land so the current facilities could
be added to.
range of suggestions has come in, including plans for a
multi-purpose 50,000-seater stadium. Its uses could include
tennis and athletics.
presence of a large, modern stadium just miles away from the
Arena 2001 will be a major threat to the Sky Blues’ plans.
NEC spokesperson stressed that all the options were being
considered, but no decisions had yet been made. The developers
had been given a blank canvas to see what ideas they could come
City have already sold their Highfield Road ground for
redevelopment. Bryan Richardson said the financial activities of
the £140 stadium are being run through a separate company, and
football will not be affected by the cost of the deal.
has been delayed because of the need to find a new home for a
family that has lived in the shadow of the last remaining
gas-holder for 40 years.