Ricoh Arena - Coventry City FC
Saturday 26th November 2005
V Norwich City, Championship League, 3pm
By Rob Foyster

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be)

Its a brand new Stadium or should I say Arena. Looking forward to hopefully kick-start our season with a win away from home at lowly Coventry. Another reason I was looking forward to this one was the fact we would not be playing in our away kit! So far every game we have played in the green monster we have failed to win!

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking

Left Carrow Road at 09:30 but because we live in Beccles we had to leave at 08:00! Like every other away trip from Norwich its down the A47 and the same old scenery all the way there. The ground can be spotted on the motorway just before you reach Coventry on the left, There is plenty of parking around the ground for away supporters.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Didn't Speak to any Coventry fans... Arrived about an hour and a half before kick off so went and had a look in the club shop which was fairly big and easy to get around. Then we went for a mini tour around the outside of the stadium and to be honest it wasn't that impressive. It was basically a massive exhibition centre and then a compact ground stuck onto the side of it!

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground.

Inside was nice! It was exactly what you would expect from a new ground... Plenty of places to buy food, reasonably priced. The stadium inside is pretty plain. 3 stands are identical and then you have the main stand which has lost a good few thousand seats because of a white wall they have put up! This is also the only stand to be 2 tiered.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

Started off awfully... 2 goals down after 10 minutes thanks to Adebola and McSheffery! Got back into the game towards the end and managed to grab a 2-2 draw although we were robbed by a poor referring decision! There was only 20,000 there so the atmosphere from the home fans was poor however we made as much noise as we could as per usual and shocked a lot of the home fans. Didn't use the toilets so can't comment on that but I did get a hug off Delia Smith! She was a row behind us and was stuck with us trying to get out! Had a good old chat about team tactics etc!

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game

Easy In, Easy Out. We were on the motorway within 15mins of getting out the ground and arrived back at Norwich about 8:15

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out.

Not bad, could have been better. Expected more from a new ground with a team which I thought had fairly good supporters, well the ones that turned up anyway!


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