Wasps Considering A Rugby League Team At The Ricoh

Last updated : 04 April 2017 By CNS Sport

The future of Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena is open to debate with news that Wasps Rugby Club are continuing with their aim of having rugby of either code played all year round at the Ricoh Arena.

Wasps owner Derek Richardson had been rumoured to be linked with a bid to try and bring Bradford Bulls to Coventry back in January but now Wasps CEO David Armstrong has said to the BBC Rugby League podcast  that they are considering setting up a Rugby League club which will also play at the Ricoh Arena.

"We're trying to grow awareness of the sport. "If that did work, then we would have a serious look at it.

Wasps staged the Four Nations double-header last November and Armstrong said: "We thought that was an outstanding success. "There was 8,000 or 9,000 fans from this region who purchased tickets and came along on the night. That was very encouraging for us.

"I should think it will have its challenges with the fan-base.  "So we're looking very carefully at how rugby league expands and how we can build our audience in the Midlands and around Coventry.

"I think that's a bit of a stretch at the moment. Before we got as far as that, we'd have to work hard on establishing our audience.

"It's a big venture and we'd want to make sure our fan-base and our audience is ready for it, rather than building it from scratch or on a little bit of hope."

Existing Ricoh Arena tenants Coventry City have a year left on their contract with ACL and have a relationship which is strained at best and what will happen to Coventry's existing Rugby League club - Coventry Bears now remains to be seen