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Sir Bobby Backs New Sky Blue Arena

Football legend Sir Bobby Charlton has given his support for the Sky Blues’ new arena at an international exhibition.

The Manchester United and England hero visited the City Council’s stand at MIPIM in Cannes in France – the largest property show in Europe.

The Coventry stand featured the new 45,000-seater Arena 2001 and Prologis Park, which are designed to breathe life into the north of the city.

It is estimated that nearly 13,000 developers, investors and property agents visited the Coventry display, including Sir Bobby, who was in Cannes to support the Manchester stand.

He pledged support for the new Sky Blues stadium from both himself and the Football Association team bidding to win the right to host the 2006 World Cup.

The show attracted exhibitors from 44 countries including Germany and the United States and allowed councillors and officers to compete with some of the world’s leading cities in attracting attention from investors.

Cllr Bob Waugh (Labour, Westwood), chair of the Economic Affairs Policy Co-ordinating Committee said Sir Bobby smiled in agreement when he suggested that in the 1960s they had played in different leagues, but were now on the same side promoting English cities.

Cllr Waugh said:

“Coventry is on the verge of great things and to receive the endorsement and support of Sir Bobby Charlton really did round off a great show.

“We were up there with the big players showcasing Coventry alongside some of the most prestigious cities and developments in the world and there was a lot of interest in Arena 2001 and Keresley Park.

“It is not unusual for businesses to have bases in several countries across the globe so we have to sell Coventry at world-wide events like this so we can continue to attract top-notch companies and create new jobs.

“Coventry has always been an inspirational city and we are leading the way when it comes to moving with the times to create new jobs for local people.”

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