Coventry City have revealed an early rush for season tickets to watch the club play at St Andrew’s next season.
Many fans have said they will not go to Sky Blues ‘home’ games after the club announced last week that they are to groundshare at Birmingham City after failing to agree terms with Wasps to stay at the Ricoh Arena.
Supporters are divided in their feelings on the subject.
Some are torn, while others – many of whom have been rallied by manager Mark Robins ‘s impassioned plea in the media to back him and the players next season – have wasted no time in renewing their tickets.
So far more than 500 have committed themselves to making the 44-mile round trip (Ricoh Arena to St Andrew’s, according to The AA), by buying tickets in the first 24 hours of being made available to fans.
The club say it took seven days to reach just 118 when season tickets went on sale last season, the figures eventually rising to 6,850 by September.
Following last week’s announcement of groundshare at St Andrew’s Trillion Trophy stadium, Season Tickets for home matches went on sale at 4pm on Monday afternoon.
Dave Boddy, Coventry City’s chief executive, said: “This is not the situation anyone wants to be in, but we are pleased with the uptake of season tickets so far, and thank everyone who has purchased already.
“Last year, it took us a week to reach even 118 Season Tickets sold, so the support is very humbling. While we would not expect us to reach the numbers we did last year, it would be great to see as many fans as possible there.
“As we said, we fully understand and respect the difficult choice our fans face, and we know that those who may choose not to attend, do so with a heavy heart but still in full support of their team.
“We know that fans who do attend, and do buy season tickets, may not endorse the groundshare situation, but are there to support their team and we are really grateful.”
He added: “We are still working on travel and car parking arrangements for next season, and as soon as these are finalised we will communicate them to supporters.
“There have been many other questions from fans generally, whether it is about PSL holders or the Wall of Fame and Garden of Remembrance at the Ricoh Arena, and we again will look to let fans know details regarding these important and sensitive aspects of the situation we find ourselves in as soon as we are able to do so.
“We thank everyone for their support and for their patience at this time.”
Fans stayed away in their droves when City took the decision to play at Northampton Town’s Sixfields Stadium in 2013 following a long-running rent row.
Just 1,697 fans turned up to watch the win over Stevenage in March 2014.
The ten lowest home league attendances ever in the history of the club all came in 2013/14 as supporters boycotted the hugely unpopular move.
Tickets were £207 for an adult at the early bird rate back in 2013.
They are priced at £260 for St Andrew’s, which compares to £299 at the Ricoh last season.
JSB Under 13s continue to be free while Premium Memberships are also available from £375+vat for adults, and Executive Boxes are also on sale.
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