Coventry’s failed Ricoh bid means Ipswich will face Sky Blues in Birmingham next season
PUBLISHED: 12:32 07 June 2019 | UPDATED: 12:36 07 June 2019
Ipswich Town’s visit to Coventry City next season is set to be played in Birmingham, with the Sky Blues unable to agree a deal to stay at the Ricoh Arena.
Sky Blues have confirmed they will groundshare with Birmingham City, meaning they will play their home games at St Andrew's during the course of the campaign.
City have been locked in negotiations with their Ricoh Arena landlords, London Wasps, but have failed to reach a new rental agreement in the long-running saga. It's been reported that Coventry have been paying £100,000 a year to play at the stadium built for them in 2005.
They informed the EFL of their decision at the governing body's annual conference in Portugal, with an official announcement soon following.
The news means Coventry will be playing away from the city for the second time in recent years, following a year's exile in Northampton in 2013/14.
The club released a lengthy statement, saying: "We are incredibly disappointed and extremely frustrated that continuing differences between our owners SISU and Wasps, and also Coventry City Council, could not be set aside to allow for a deal to play the club's home games at the Ricoh Arena.
"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."
Ipswich drew 2-2 at St Andrew's last season, allowing a two-goal half-time lead to slip away.
Their last visit to the Ricoh Arena saw Ipswich win 3-2 in 2012 thanks to goals from Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Michael Chopra.