There are concerns that Coventry City's City Central store in the Sherbourne Arcade in the Lower Precinct in Town could be closing down.
The shop is re-opening tomorrow as what was described by the club website earlier this week as a 'Stock Clearance Store' and whilst we are all aware of the club's financial problems, any threat to the club not to have a centrally located base where tickets can be purchased from is not benefical to the clubs support.
For many supporters wishing to buy tickets etc, the Ricoh Arena remains impractial as it has always been to visit during normal working hours and there have been campaigns in the past to get ticket selling facilities located in Town for the benefit of those who prefer to pay for tickets etc in cash at a venue which is convenient for them rather than using the on-line facilities such as the club website or waiting until they are at the Ricoh Arena itself, or those for whom getting to the Ricoh Arena during normal working hours is a problem.
These were finally acted upon by the club and firstly, there was the likes of the Transport Museum and the Cathedral selling home match tickets before in 2009, City Central opened its doors in the Lower Precinct.
The shop has done well with City's then Commercial Director Nathan Kosky saying in the club programme in late December 2009: "We have had a great response to our City Central shop in the Lower Precinct."
Whilst the need for a shop in the Lower Precinct may have subsided slightly following a downshifting in support of the team in recent years, due to the on the pitch form or lack of it, the need to continue to have a centrally located venue selling tickets which have become more important following the recent announcements about the Financial Fair Play regulations, has increased and we hope that the owners of Coventry City will take this into consideration.