Coventry’s scheduled match against Rotherham has been postponed due to an ‘unsafe 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 after a pitch inspection by the EFL and a referee local on Saturday night, the meeting was postponed.
The news comes after images emerged on social media earlier this week showing a dry and uneven surface as the stadium was used for concerts over the summer and rugby 7s at the Commonwealth Games over the weekend. last week.
A statement issued by the club said: “Coventry City are extremely disappointed to confirm that Sunday’s match against Rotherham United has been postponed.
“Following an inspection by a senior official on Saturday, the pitch at the Coventry Building Society Arena was deemed unsafe and unplayable.
“This follows an inspection that 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 pitch at the stadium is not up to standard and we share the deep disappointment that the fans, players and staff feel that our first home game was postponed under these circumstances.
“Unfortunately, the Arena’s promised investment in a new field did not materialize over the summer, which was compounded by concerts on the field and then a large amount of use at the Commonwealth Games last weekend.
“We appreciate the efforts under difficult circumstances by the grounds crew working for the Arena.”
Coventry chief executive Dave Boddy added: “We are extremely disappointed with this postponement due to the condition of the course.
“The inspection officer deemed it unplayable and unsafe and, having seen it myself, I can understand this decision.
“Last season the condition of the pitch was highlighted as a concern and we were hoping that the Wasps and 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, plus the huge amount of use at the Commonwealth Games last week.”
A new date has yet to be announced, while the club confirmed that it will keep fans updated regarding the Carabao Cup first round clash at home to Bristol City, which is scheduled for 7:45pm on Wednesday. in the evening.