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12.04.2007 Covenrty Cassidy Jets

Jets come crashing down to earth

The Coventry Cassidy Jets are bitterly disappointed to announce that their showcase game against the Madrid Bears, scheduled for Sunday April 15th, has had to be moved away from the Ricoh Arena.

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Coventry Cassidy Jets American Football Team
For Immediate Release

Date: 09 April 2007
Contact: peterevans@coventryjets.com

Peter Evans, General Manager, Contact: 07855-957-924

The move, requested by Coventry City Football Club, has caused the local Coventry team a great deal of distress and they are now in desperate need of a venue to stage the opening game in their European campaign. Peter Evans, the Jets General Manager, said: “We are devastated. We have put so much effort into staging the game, which we hoped would showcase our team to the Coventry public and to European American Football in general. Now, at the 11th hour, we’re left high and dry and in a real scramble to find a suitable venue to play the game. Our young fans from numerous Coventry Primary Schools have been looking forward to this day for such a long time and they’ve been let down.”

The reason for the removal of the Ricoh involves several sports and organisations. The success of Arena Coventry Limited (ACL), the stadium managers, in attracting the Heineken Cup semi-final to Coventry on April 22nd, caused Coventry City Football Club to raise objections as to the potential impact on the Ricoh playing surface.

Despite assurances from the Jets that the surface is currently so hard that their impact would be virtually non-existent, it is the local team that has been squeezed out based on a commercial decision to run with the rugby game between the London Wasps and Northampton Saints. Therefore, the local team are unable to play at the stadium on April 15th, two weeks prior to the next City home game, but the rugby can take place one week before hand.

Evans went on to say: “We understand why ACL have attracted the rugby game…it will raise the profile of the Ricoh nationally and that is great for our city. However, we feel Coventry City’s objections are unreasonable. The Sky Blues play West Brom two weeks after our game, which is ample time to rectify any minor damage that we may cause. It’s worth remembering that the new Wembley Stadium is hosting the Miami Dolphins and New York Giants, in the winter, less than three weeks before a full England International!”

The Jets are now seeking contractual assurances that the game they are due to play against the London Olympians at the Ricoh on May 6th is safe. Evans added: “As a small club we can’t afford to mess our supporters around like this. We’ve paid for a marching band, a live rock band, bouncy castles, cheerleaders, game programmes, thousands of leaflets and merchandise. Such loses could break our club...It will no doubt be a beautiful day on April 15th and the Ricoh would have echoed to young voices having a lot of fun, many of whom have never been to the stadium before…now the silence will be deafening”.

26 Rodyard Way, Parkside, Coventry, CV1 2UD, England
General Manager: Peter Evans Tel: 024 76631120 Mobile: 07855-957-924
Email: peterevans@coventryjets.com

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