London-based Wasps relocating outside capital
COVENTRY, England (AP) — London-based rugby club Wasps will play their home matches 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of the capital in a controversial relocation that safeguards the future of one of England’s biggest teams but has angered supporters.
The two-time European champions have acquired a 50 percent stake in Ricoh Arena in Coventry, the stadium where the midlands city’s football team plays. Wasps will play their matches in Coventry from December.
Wasps chief executive Nick Eastwood says, “This is a watershed moment in the history of Wasps and the professional game” that will “help us realize our ambition to re-establish ourselves as one of the best teams in Europe.”
A petition has been set up by dissatisfied fans opposing the move.
Wasps currently play home matches in High Wycombe, a town just outside London.