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Coventry has qualified for European competitions twice; in the 1970–71 season, the team competed in the European Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (now the UEFA Europa League), reaching the second round.
Despite beating Bayern Munich 2–1 in the home leg, they had lost 1–6 in the first leg in Germany, and thus were eliminated, the team was unable to compete in the 1987–88 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, due to the ban on English clubs at that time, following the Heysel disaster.
It has excellent acoustics and has been used to host several major rock concerts.
Despite initiating the project and being the principal attraction there, Coventry City's financial situation means that it no longer owned the stadium and must pay rent to use it; this appeared to raise concerns over the managing of the club's finances by previous club officials, because in 2001 the club was the fourth-longest serving club in the top flight of English football.
Variations of blue and white were then used until the 1960s and the beginning of the 'sky blue revolution', the colour made its return in 1962 thanks to the then manager, Jimmy Hill.
Jaguar pulled out of the project on 16 December 2004 and a new major sponsor was needed.
A £10 million deal, which included naming rights, was signed and electronics manufacturer Ricoh became the new chief sponsor for the stadium.
The project was funded largely by Coventry City Council and the (Alan Edward) Higgs Charity (of which former CCFC and ACL director the late Sir Derek Higgs was a trustee), and includes shopping facilities, a casino, exhibition halls and a concert venue.
Many people who were at that game suggest the attendance was a lot higher, possibly over 60,000.
Supporters climbed onto the roofs of the stands and up the floodlights.