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Coventry City named as Olympic football venue

Coventry City’s Ricoh Arena has been selected as the new Midlands venue for Olympic Football matches by the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG).

As part of the deal the 32,000 seater ground will be temporarily re-named the City of Coventry Stadium and all branding will be removed for Olympic matches.

Coventry is the last venue to be announced by LOCOG after the original Midlands venue, Villa Park, had to be replaced due to planned development work.

Speaking of their selection Seb Coe, LOCOG Chairman, said: 'The City of Coventry Stadium is a great venue, and will be an excellent host for Football matches for the London 2012 Olympic Games. It is ideally located in the centre of England and the city already has strong links with London 2012. I congratulate Coventry and extend my thanks to all the Midlands clubs who applied to be a venue. All were a very good standard, and this shows the excellent standards of football stadia in this country'

Daniel Gidney, Chief Executive of the Ricoh Arena, said: 'We are looking forward enormously to staging Olympic football in Coventry. This is a great honour and we are proud to be involved with the Games. We have worked hard over the last few months to prepare our bid and I would like to thank all our partners and organisations involved for their support.'

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