Coventry City are extremely disappointed to announce that the game against Rotherham United on Sunday has been postponed.
The ground at the Coventry Building Society Arena has been judged dangerous and unplayable following an assessment by a senior match official on Saturday.
This comes after an inspection by the EFL and a local referee on Friday, which was also attended by Manager Mark Robins and Chief Executive Dave Boddy.
We are very disappointed that the pitch at the Arena is not up to quality, and we share the tremendous disappointment that our first home game has been postponed due to these circumstances.
The Arena’s promised investment in a new pitch did not materialise throughout the summer, which was exacerbated by concerts on the pitch and then a massive amount of use over the Commonwealth Games last weekend.
We commend the Grounds Staff that work for the Arena for their efforts in tough circumstances.
Coventry City Chief Executive Dave Boddy stated:
“We are obviously upset by this postponement due to the pitch’s condition.”
“The examining official declared it unplayable and unsafe, and having seen it myself, I can understand why.”
“Last season, the pitch’s condition was highlighted as a concern, and we expected that Wasps and the Arena, who are responsible for the pitch, would address this over the summer – sadly, this has not been the case, and this is the result of that, as well as the large amount of use at the Commonwealth Games last week.”
“I am requesting urgent conversations with Stephen Vaughan, Wasps’ Chief Executive, and the Arena about the pitch’s state, and demand rapid and major changes to make the surface playable as soon as feasible.”
All tickets purchased for Sunday’s game will be valid for the rescheduled game against Rotherham United, the details of which will be announced shortly.
We regret having to inform our supporters of this development and will keep them updated on Wednesday’s Carabao Cup match against Bristol City.
Please accept our sincere apologies for having to deliver this news to our fans, and we promise to keep you informed about Wednesday’s Carabao Cup match against Bristol City.