Richardson immediately identified that being tenants in a stadium where the owners control the majority of non-ticket income was an unsustainable commercial position, and began seeking alternatives.
In autumn 2013, the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, which was owned by Coventry City Council and the Higgs Charitable Trust and had recently been vacated by tenants Coventry City FC, came to his attention, and after a series of talks it became clear that purchasing the 32,000-capacity stadium was a viable proposition.
The deal was done in time for Wasps to host London Irish in Christmas 2014. A week after 6,507 fans saw their team pay an emotional farewell to Adams Park with a 44-17 European Champions Cup win over Castres, no fewer than 28,524 supporters saw Cov kid Andy Goode claim a Premiership record 33 points in Wasps’ 48-16 win over the Exiles.
The Ricoh experience certainly inspired Young’s team, who reached the last eight in the Champions Cup before losing in Toulon, and climbed a further position up the Premiership table to sixth.
The first 18 months in Coventry presented a logistical challenge, however, since the return of Coventry City to the Ricoh dictated most home games took place on a Sunday.
With training still based in Acton, where thriving Wasps amateurs ensured Twyford Avenue was otherwise occupied on Saturdays, Dai Young’s side often faced a 36-hour round trip and overnight hotel stay for a home game.
Gradually the club’s backroom staff and players relocated north, until by the beginning of the 2016/17 season the club was based fully in Coventry – at the Ricoh Arena and a training base a few miles away at one of Warwickshire’s traditional junior rugby powerhouses, Broadstreet RFC.
Prior to this, a very successful 2015/16 season saw Wasps return to the Premiership semi-finals for the first time since 2008, and also reach the final four in the European Champions Cup.
Young’s squad had been boosted by the signings of All Black Charles Piutau and legendary Wallaby George Smith, plus Kiwi No.10 Jimmy Gopperth, all of whom made a telling impact on the campaign.
And it was the former Newcastle and Leinster fly half who produced perhaps the most memorable Coventry moment to date, when his touchline conversion with the final kick of the game saw off Champions Cup quarter-final opponents Exeter.
However, the Chiefs later exacted revenge by ending Wasps’ league season at the semi-final stage, while the European campaign drew to a conclusion at the hands of Saracens.
Christian Wade grabbed a record-equalling six tries during Wasps’ league win at Worcester in early 2016, and the pacy winger went on to enjoy an outstanding campaign 12 months later during which he equalled Dominic Chapman’s longstanding Premiership try-scoring record by touching down 17 times in the season.
By now Springbok Willie Le Roux and Aussie Kurtley Beale had replaced Smith and Piutau as the club’s big overseas stars, while half-back pairing Dan Robson and Danny Cipriani enjoyed prolific campaigns.
Young’s team raced to the top of the table - and stayed there – clinching a play-off berth with four rounds of action remaining as well as securing a last eight place in Europe.
They then saw off Midlands rivals Leicester in a heart-stopping home Premiership semi-final before only being pipped in extra time at Twickenham by Exeter, after Leinster had earlier ended their European hopes in an Aviva Stadium quarter-final.
Elliot Daly and James Haskell won selection for the 2017 Lions, and at one stage the club’s unbeaten home run extended beyond 18 months.
Hopes were therefore high for 2017/18, only for an injury-ravaged autumn to put Wasps on the back foot.
Indeed, after suffering five consecutive league defeats during this spell, Young’s team did well to finish third in the table, prior to suffering a semi-final defeat at the hands of eventual champions Saracens.
The 2018/19 season began well with four wins in the first five games, but soon Wasps were ravaged by injuries and players away on international duty which meant some difficult winter months - and eventually an eighth-place finish in the Gallagher Premiership.
Long-serving stars Elliot Daly, Nathan Hughes, Joe Simpson and Jake Cooper-Woolley left the Club at the end of the season - but in the other direction came All Blacks Malakai Fekitoa and Jeff Toomaga-Allen along with some exciting young talent in Italy's Matteo Minozzi, Tonga's Sione Vailanu and England hopeful Ben Vellacott.