Coventry’s scheduled game against Rotherham has been postponed due to a “dangerous and unplayable” pitch at the Coventry Building Society Arena.
The teams were due to meet at the home of the Sky Blues – who share the stadium with Premiership Rugby side Wasps – at 3pm on Sunday, but following a pitch inspection by the EFL and a local referee on Saturday night, the game was postponed. been postponed.
The news comes after images emerged on social media earlier this week which showed a dry and uneven surface, with the stadium having been used for concerts over the summer and rugby 7s matches at the Commonwealth Games last weekend.
A statement released by the club read: “Coventry City are extremely disappointed to confirm that Sunday’s game against Rotherham United has been postponed.
“Following an inspection by a senior match official on Saturday, the ground at the Coventry Building Society Arena was found to be unsafe and unplayable.
“This follows an inspection which took place on Friday by the EFL and a local referee, which was also attended by manager Mark Robins and chief executive Dave Boddy.
“We are very frustrated that the Arena pitch is not up to standard, and share the huge disappointment that the fans, players and staff will feel that our home opener has been postponed in these circumstances.
“The Arena’s promised investment in new ground unfortunately did not materialize over the summer, which was compounded by concerts on the ground and then huge use at the Commonwealth Games over the weekend. end last.
“We appreciate the efforts made under difficult circumstances by the field staff who work for the Arena.”
Coventry chief executive Dave Boddy added: “We are extremely disappointed with this postponement due to the state of the pitch.
“He was deemed unplayable and dangerous by the official inspector and, having seen him myself, I can understand that decision.
“Last season the condition of the pitch was highlighted as a concern and we expected this to be addressed by Wasps and Arena, who are responsible for the pitch, over the summer – unfortunately , it didn’t, and that’s the result of that, plus the sheer amount of use at the Commonwealth Games last week.”
A new date has yet to be announced, while the club have confirmed they will keep fans informed of the Carabao Cup first round clash at home to Bristol City, which is scheduled for 7.45pm on Wednesday night.