Football Ground Guide
 


Coventry City FC
Ricoh Arena 

Capacity: 32,500 (all seated)
Address:
Phoenix Way, Foleshill, Coventry, CV6 6GE

Main Telephone No: 02476 992326/7
Club Nickname: The Sky Blues
Year Ground Opened: 2005
Pitch Size: 115 x 74 yards
Undersoil Heating: Yes

Home Kit Colours: Sky & Navy Blue Stripes
Away Kit Colours: White & Sky Blue
Shirt Sponsors: Allsop & Allsop
Kit Manufacturers: Puma
Official Web Sites:
www.ccfc.co.uk
Ricoh Arena Coventry
Unofficial Web Site: 
Sky Blues Talk (Forum)


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Contents
What's The Ricoh Arena Like?
The Ricoh Arena (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Lloyds Pharmacy West and South Stands (photo)
Where To Drink?
East Stand (photo)
How To Get There And Where To Park
North Stand (photo)
By Train
Looking Towards The South Stand (photo)
Local Rivals
Admission Prices
Fixtures
Programme
Ground Layout
Disabled Facilities

Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Hotel Accommodation
Ricoh Arena Location Map


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What's The Ricoh Arena Like?
After being in exile at Northampton Town for over a year, the Club have made a much needed return to the Ricoh Arena. Like many grounds built in this country in recent years, the new Coventry stadium is functional and fairly conservative in its design. Three sides of the stadium, which are large single tiered stands are fairly bland affairs. Happily, the complex has an exhibition centre attached to its West side, resulting in a unique looking stand that gives more of a continental feel. Known as the Lloydspharmacy Stand, it has a small tier of seats overhanging the larger lower tier, with a row of corporate hospitality boxes, running along the back of the lower section. Along the top of the stand is a large area of white panelling (adorned with the logo of the stadium sponsors) that runs along the length of the stand and around the corners of either side of it. In one of these corners is located a Police Control box. Below the white panelling is a large windowed corporate hospitality area.

The stadium is fully enclosed with all corners of the stadium being filled with spectator seating and all the stands are of the same height, giving it a symmetrical look. There a number of clear perspex panels located in the roof at the South end of the stadium, plus a large strip of perspex that runs around the stadium just below the roof at the back of three sides. These measures allow more natural light to enter the stadium, which helps the growth of the grass pitch. There is also a large video screen type scoreboard located in one corner of the stadium between the South and East Stands.

Outside the stadium on the back of the East Stand, fans can admire the 'Sky Blues Wall Of Fame'. This consists of six large panels, each dedicated to former a Coventry City great such as John Sillett, Jimmy Hill etc... The panels contain bricks that have been purchased by fans, which have their choice of inscriptions on. Also outside the corner of the North and East Stand is a small open memorial area for fans to place wreaths etc.. of fans who have passed away. Whilst outside the Club Shop there is a statue of former manager and chairman Jimmy Hill.

The stadium was built by Laing O'Rourke, the same company who built the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. It is owned by Wasps Rugby Club who also play their home matches there. The stadium was opened in August 2005. Coventry City previously played at Highfield Road, their home since 1899.

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The Ricoh Arena


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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Away supporters are mostly accommodated to one side of the South Stand (Blocks 6 & 7) towards the corner with the Lloydspharmacy Stand. Around 3,000 supporters can be seated in this area. The angle of the stand is quite steep, meaning a fair bit of effort to climb to the top. Normally a steep stand means that fans are close to the playing action, but not here. Not only is there a sizeable red coloured track surrounding the playing area, but the stand itself is further set-back from the pitch. This does lead to some viewing problems, especially when the action is taking place at the other end. The leg room is adequate for most and the stadium does have good acoustics, which helps boost the atmosphere. 

Entrance to the stadium is through automatic turnstiles, where you have to put your ticket (which has a bar code on it) into a slot reader, which then allows the turnstiles admit you. Behind the stands there are spacious concourses and a number of food and drink outlets. Food on offer includes; Steak Pie (3.50), Chicken Curry Pie (3.50), Cheese and Onion Pie (3.50)
and Sausage Rolls (3). The concourses also have a number of televisions which show the game being played inside.

Matt Walters a visiting Reading fan adds; 'The Ricoh, as the tannoy announcer puts it, is one of the more interesting looking new grounds when compared to others such as the Walkers Stadium. The acoustics are superb which creates a great atmosphere. However I found the seats to quite uncomfortable, which is disappointing bearing in mind that this is a brand new stadium'. I have also received reports of supporters being regularly ejected from the stadium for persistent standing, and stewards being somewhat heavy handed, so be on your best behaviour. After what seemed a mandatory 'pat down' search by the stewards outside the away turnstiles, entrance to the stadium is gained by putting the end of your ticket into a bar code reader. Sounds easy, but when the green light that lights up to show you that your ticket has been validated and you can now enter, is located up above your head, then many fans on my visit didn't see this and kept trying to put ticket back into the reader, leading to much confusion!

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LLoyds Pharmacy West and South Stands


West Stand
 

Where To Drink?
On one corner of the stadium, near to the Club Shop is the Grosvenor Casino, which has a bar, has Sky Sports television and admits both home and away fans on matchdays.

Robert Nunn a visiting Reading fan informs me; 'Myself and a friend parked in Longford, about a ten minute walk away from the stadium, and found a host of pubs situated along Longford Road. Whilst most looked quite partisan and only had Sky Blue shirts in, the "JK English Pub" was most welcoming. This Indian/Pub had a pub feel (pool table, jukebox, etc) but was also an Indian restaurant. On Saturday's it also does a 5 all you can eat lunchtime buffet'. To find this pub, coming away from the North Stand at the Ricoh, follow the towpath over the canal for about 400 yards passing the Tesco Extra on your right (which also has a cafe). When you come on to Longford Road, head right, towards Coventry City Centre and the pub is around 200 yards on your right hand side. Phil Cull a visiting Watford fan adds; 'You can also park your car in the JK English pub car park for a cost of 4. It is then around a 15 minute walk to the stadium. After the game there was no problem in driving back to the M6'. Also on Longford Road, but heading away from the City Centre are the Longford Engine and Coach & Horses pubs which both welcome away fans. The visitors turnstiles are around a 15 minute walk away, by walking along the canal tow path by the Longford Engine pub (just follow the sky blue shirts...). There is also a handily placed fish & chip shop located across the road from the Longford Engine.

Jamie Greenway adds; 'The Black Horse Pub, in-between Longford and Exhall has been attracting a fair amount of away supporters for most games. If you go to the top of Longford Road and around the roundabout towards Exhall, its on the right and normally has a burger van outside'. It is also only five minutes walk from the Leisure Island Parking area (see below) and also offers some limited free car parking at the pub itself. Also in this area is a Novotel that also has a bar.

Adrian Taylor a visiting Birmingham City fan informs me; 'The Greyhound Pub on Sutton Stop is a hidden gem. A traditional canalside pub that is also listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. You need to come off the M6 at Junction 3, but then drive away from the ground, towards Bedworth, on the B4113, turning left (under the M6) at the first roundabout. You then take the first right at the traffic lights, just after the Black Horse pub, into Blackhorse Road and follow the road for a couple of miles until you reach a mini roundabout at which you turn right to go over a narrow canal bridge. You then take the next left for the Greyhound pub. The beauty of this place if it is a fine day, is that you can leave your car at the pub and then take the 20 minute walk along the canal to the stadium. After the game you can have another drink or at least avoid the congestion near the ground'.

Alternatively alcohol is also available inside the stadium in the form of bottles of 500ml Carling Lager at 3.40 each or Magners Cider (300ml) at 3.50. Although on my last visit I wasn't too impressed to be served a warm bottle from an open tray, rather than a chilled one.

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East Stand


East Stand

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How To Get There And Where To Park

Leave the M6 at Junction 3. Take the A444 towards the city centre and after one mile you will reach the stadium on your left.

Parking at the stadium is mostly for permit holders, although the Club do sell on the day spaces in Car Park  C at 10 per car, although it is best to book a space in advance.
Blue badge holders can also park at the stadium itself but again at a cost of 10. The Club are also utilising a number of car parks within walking distance of the stadium, in such places as factory units and local schools. The cost of these official car parks varies on venue but are around 2.50-5 per vehicle. See the Ricoh Arena Parking website for more details.

The nearby Tesco/Arena Retail car park is well 'policed' on matchdays. Free parking is restricted to just two hours only unless you spend 25 or more in one of the shops on the Retail Park, otherwise if you over stay you can end up with a 50 parking ticket. Stores include Next, Boots and Marks & Spencers, but the minimum 25 spend does not include the Tesco Petrol Station, Burger King or Pizza Hut. You show your receipt on exit. In addition an extensive 'residents only' parking scheme has been put in place for all residential streets within a least a mile of the ground.

There is also a private car park run by Leisure Ireland, located a few minutes drive away from Junction 3 of the M6. It has 200 spaces and is then a 15 minute walk away from the stadium. It advertises as secure parking and apparently getting back to the motorway after the match is very easy. The cost to park there is 3 per car and to find the car park, follow the 'pink arrow' signs/
take the B4113 towards Bedworth from Junction 3 of the M6. Fans are encouraged to pre-book their places online. However please note to then get to the stadium you have to cross a rather busy dual carriageway, so please bear this in mind if you have young children or older person in your party. Please note that this car park closes one hour after the final whistle. Closer to the stadium in Oban Road (opposite the Longford Engine CV6 6HH) are two private car parks run by Ricoh Arena Event parking. Spaces can also be pre-booked and cost 4 per car.

Map showing the location of the Ricoh Arena (at the bottom of this page).

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North Stand


North Stand
 

By Train
Coventry train station is about three and half miles away from the stadium and really is too far to walk. Either take a bus or jump in a taxi (costs around 10 to the stadium). There is a bus stop directly outside the train station, from which you can catch service Number 8 to Coventry Transport Museum or onto Coventry Pool Meadow Bus Station. From either you can then take a Number 4 or 5 to Arena Park, which is the Retail Park adjacent to the Ricoh Arena. It is then around a ten minute walk to the stadium. Timetables and fares can be viewed on the National Express website.

Tim Sansom a visiting Ipswich Town fan adds; 'After the match there was a massive queue for the six football special buses going back to the city centre. We decided not to wait and walked up to the to the roundabout (signposted Holbrooks) by the stadium and caught the number 13 service back into the city'.

A new railway station is currently being constructed at the stadium. It is due to open in August 2015.

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Looking Towards The South Stand

South Stand
Local Rivals
Aston Villa, Leicester City, Birmingham City, West Bromwich Albion, Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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Admission Prices

East Stand (Centre): Adults 25, Concessions 18, Under 16's 13*
Family Area: Adults 18, Concessions 13, Under 16's 9**

All other areas of the stadium including the Away Fans section: 
South Stand:
Adults 22, Concessions 15, Under 16's 11*

*A further discount on this ticket price is available for Junior Sky Blue Members in the home sections dependant on age.

The prices shown above are for tickets purchased prior to matchday. Tickets bought on the day of the game can cost up to 2 more.

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Fixtures
Coventry City FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

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Programme
Official Programme - 3

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Ground Layout


Ricoh Arena Stadium Layout

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Disabled Facilities
For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.

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Record & Average Attendance
At The Ricoh Arena:
31,407 v Chelsea
FA Cup 6th Round, March 7th 2009.

At Highfield Road:

51,455 v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Division 2, April 29th, 1967.

Average Attendance (at Sixfields Stadium)
2013-2014: 2,348 (League One)

Average Attendance (At The Ricoh Arena)
2012-2013: 10,997 (League One)
2011-2012: 15,119 (Championship League)


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Fans Reviews Of The Ricoh Arena
Gary Parker (Exeter City) 7/10/14
Steve Ellis (Exeter City) 7/10/14
Ronan Howard (Swindon Town) 2/3/13
Russ Teece (Shrewsbury Town) 1/1/13
Geoff Day (Crawley Town) 6/11/12
Andy Hutchcraft (Neutral) 28/8/12
Myles Munsey (Neutral) 4/2/12
Tom Taylor (West Ham United) 19/11/11

Steve Ridgley (Southampton) 5/11/11
Dean Williamson (Blackpool) 27/9/11

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Hotel Accommodation

If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They offer all types of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced Apartments. Plus their booking system is straightforward and easy to use. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going.

Access their Coventry Hotels and Guest Houses page.

Remember that you can use the above link or panel below to book any other hotels that you may need for business or leisure, either in the UK or abroad.


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Map Showing Location of the Stadium, Railway Station, Pool Meadow Bus Station and listed Pubs



 

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Last Updated: 4 September 2014