The redevlopment of Butts Park Arena, home to National League One rugby union’s Coventry, could begin as early as next year, according to club chairman Jon Sharp.

The £1.5m ($2m/€1.67m) project will include a 3G pitch and upgraded changing facilities at the 4,000-capacity ground.

The third-tier club bought the land around Butts Park Arena earlier this year and are looking to install a pitch that is approved both by the International Rugby Board and Fifa and add to the one all-seater stand at the site.

Sharp told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire that Coventry are “investigating sources of funding” and are confident the plans are realistic.

“We would like to start this close season,” he told The Rugby Show.

“We have had preliminary discussions with the city council and they have been very supportive. We could have a really good looking stadium that would do more than just rugby and other sports.”

Sharp last week ruled out the possibility of groundsharing with League Two football club Coventry City.

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