Ricoh Arena - Coventry City FC
Championship League
  Saturday November 19th 2011
V West Ham United 3pm
By Tom Taylor

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
It was the one away game of the season that I was most looking forward to visit, purely to see the Ricoh Arena! A large following from West Ham (around 6,300 fans) were to be in attendance and I was expecting a fierce and electric atmosphere in this modern arena. The game and stadium certainly didn’t disappoint!

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
The stadium itself is very easy to find. There are ample signs pointing you towards the Ricoh once you have come off the M6. There are also various car parks available to fans. The car park I parked my car in was a very reasonable £5 and about a 10-15 minute walk from the ground – Ideal.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
There were a few shops as we walked to the ground selling hot food, however I didn’t see many pubs near where we had parked so we got a beer in the ground instead. Home fans were very friendly and had no problem with us wearing our away colours both walking to and from the ground.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
I had seen various pictures of the Ricoh Arena before I arrived at the ground, and the whole spectacle did not disappoint. The outside of the ground was a modern as you like, the sky blue seats and pitch was perfection. The away end was largely spaced out as you enter through the turnstiles and they had various TV’s showing Sky Sports. The away end seats were near the only large screen in the stadium which was also a bonus. The rows of seats are very steep, giving a great view of the pitch and its impressive surroundings.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..
The atmosphere from the Coventry fans were okay, having such a modern and steep stadium, the noise did carry. Coventry took a deserved lead going into half time so the singing of the Coventry fans was very good. However 2nd half West Ham dominated and scored twice in the last quarter to win the match. 6,300 away support was a credit to our club, and I’m sure the noise was incredible when we scored our winner. Credit to Coventry who on another day probably deserved a point - but we headed home the happiest.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
As we had a large following, getting out of the ground took a little bit of time, but once out the ground, because of the width from the stadium to the road, it was very easy to leave. As we had to cross the busy road, they have a large bridge, allowing plenty of fans to cross the road, and not get too crowded.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Superb day out, if we do fail to get promoted, I hope to visit again soon as the stadium is by far one of the best in the football league. Beautiful stadium and very much recommended!


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