Strange ‘glow’ over football ground sparks UFO fears

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A strange glow over a football ground had left local resident baffled this week amid fears that it could have been the work of UFOs.

However, it now appears that the “spooky” sight over Coventry City's Coventry Building Society Arena was not the work of aliens – rather, it was caused by ground staff at the club.

According to Coventry Live, the light was spotted by many in the Longford, Aldermans Green and Foleshill areas on Monday evening.

Loca resident Martin Garry said: “I noticed it while walking the dog in the park.

“I thought it looked a bit strange. I was curious, being an amateur astronomer, so I grabbed a picture.

“I hadn’t seen anything like it before for sure.

“I did have mixed thoughts as it was by the stadium (Coventry Building Society Arena) but seemed a strange colour for the lights.

“So my thoughts went to a type of Northern Lights, which I've not seen before.

“Who knows, maybe the Lord was shining on the mighty Sky Blues, passing on divine intervention for last minute goals and their journey to the promised land!”

But when Adele Walsh, who was at the Arena Shopping Park when she first spotted the mysterious glow, realised that it was coming from the arena, she realised what it was.

She said: “I thought it looked quite spooky, but there was like drizzly rain too so the air was quite misty which made it look even brighter.”

However, Coventry Live has now revealed that the light was “artificial sunlight” used on the Arena pitch.

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The claim that, as part of work being done by the grounds team to keep the pitch in tip-top condition, grow lights are used to grow and repair the pitch after it is played on.

And chief executive of the football club, Dave Boddy, revealed a while ago that it was a “joint investment” made by the club and rugby club Wasps in an “effort to keep the pitch healthy”.

He said: “We are jointly investing in another set of growing lights which, as you can see are on the pitch now, so there will be a second set of lights in situ and it will be very much a collaborative situation where we work very closely together.”

Given the form of newly-promoted Coventry City – currently sitting fourth in the Championship – it wouldn't have been a shock if the lights had come from some higher power.

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