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  • Bath Re-Boot Their Approach To Stadium Solution

    Bath Rugby have gone back to the architectural drawing board and re-booted their approach to a stadium solution at The Rec. The club have launched “Stadium for Bath”, a flagship project that brings together the club, Bath Rugby Foundation and Arena 1865 with the joint ambition of delivering a new stadium at the Recreation Ground in the heart of Bath, a project that has long been fraught with local opposition to the use of community space and preservation of the city's heritage.  In conjunct...

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  • Coventry Council Under Pressure Over Ricoh Arena Sale

    Coventry City FC’s owners are set to sue the council for selling the Ricoh Arena to Wasps on the cheap after appeal judges cleared the authorities of an unlawful use of taxpayers’ money. The ruling that the £14.4 million bailout of the Ricoh Arena in 2013 was not an unlawful use of taxpayers’ money has been upheld but the Sisu group of companies is now claiming that the Ricoh Arena stadium company was unlawfully sold on the cheap without the council conducting all relevant prior valuation...

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  • Rugby Expo Sets Dates For Ricoh Arena

    Rugby trade conference and exhibition, Rugby Expo, will make its debut at the Ricoh Arena on Thursday 3 and Friday 4 November 2016, as the midlands venue becomes its new home in a move designed to support and facilitate the growth plans for the event. After five years at Twickenham Stadium, organisers claim the move to the Ricoh Arena will not only facilitate a greater number of exhibitors and partners thanks to an increased capacity and new-look exhibition hall but it will also create a truly...

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  • Hornets Home Becomes Crown Oil Arena

    Rochdale Hornets’ Spotland Stadium has been renamed The Crown Oil Arena after Rochdale AFC signed a record breaking five-year deal with Crown Oil. The five-year agreement, which is the biggest commercial deal in the club’s history, will secure a significant six-figure investment chunk, cementing the long term future of the football club - who took ownership of the stadium in March – and ensuring refurbishment of the premises. The Crown Oil Arena will be the largest sporting, leisure and en...

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  • Wasps Agree £195m Compass Deal

    Wasps have announced a 15-year extension to the existing partnership between Compass Group UK & Ireland and Arena Coventry Ltd (ACL), the club's subsidiary company, which runs the Ricoh Arena, in a deal expected to generate £195 million in total turnover. Levy Restaurants UK, the sports, leisure and hospitality sector of Compass Group UK & Ireland, will provide all catering services for match day, conferencing and events until 2030, having retained and extended the contract which previo...

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  • Rugby Expo Confirms Venue Change

    Rugby Expo organisers have confirmed that next year’s conference and exhibition will be held on November 2-3 at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. The event is set to stay at the same venue for the next three years after a long-term partnership was signed with Wasps Rugby Club and event director Jonathan Wilson says the move will help to facilitate the growth plans for Rugby Expo. It has been held at Twickenham Stadium since 2011 but organisers hope the move to the Ricoh Arena will help to widen its...

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  • Wasps Acquire 100% Shareholding Of Ricoh Arena

    Wasps have announced that they have now completed the acquisition of 100 per cent of the shareholding of Arena Coventry Limited, the company that owns the Ricoh Arena. The club has acquired a 50 per cent shareholding from the Alan Edward Higgs Charity, the grant making charity which benefits the inhabitants of a 25 mile radius from the centre of Coventry, having previously acquired the other 50 per cent shareholding in Arena Coventry Limited from Coventry City Council in October. Wasps have als...

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  • Wasps To Host Major Music Acts At Ricoh

    Hot on the heels of news that Echo & The Bunnymen and The Buzzcocks will entertain rugby fans at the Ricoh Arena directly after Wasps' fixture against Exeter Chiefs next month, stadium bosses have told the Coventry Telegraph the venue will aim to host at least three major music events on the Ricoh Arena pitch every summer from 2016. It will mark an end to a two-year major music drought at the venue, which had previously hosted at least one major concert every year since 2005 including Oasis,...

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  • Wasps Pass 17k Ticket Mark For First Ricoh Arena Game

    Wasps have announced that they have passed the 17,000 ticket mark for the first fixture at their new Ricoh Arena home against London Irish on December 21. The club recently announced that it now has the 100% shareholding of the new stadium and have been keen to embed themselves in the region and promote rugby locally. Chief executive Nick Eastwood confirmed last month that over 12,000 free tickets had been made available to local schools and rugby clubs in the Coventry area, to be spread across...

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  • Ricoh Manager Gibb A Victim Of Club-Stadium Operations Merger

    The Ricoh Arena’s managing director, Andy Gibb is to leave the business as part of a restructuring that will see a ‘merger’ between the stadium operator and parent company Wasps, local press has revealed. It is believed Andy Gibb, who has been in the role since March 2015, is set to leave within the next few days. Although the restructure means the Ricoh Arena and Wasps will “operate as a single business entity” they will remain as separate legal entities. Nick Eastwood, Wasps group ch...

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