Ricoh Arena - Coventry City FC
Wednesday December 9th 2009
V Newcastle United 3pm
By Kev Laidler

This was my first trip to he Ricoh Arena and on first impressions was impressed by this modern stadium. We travelled by coach which parked across the dual carriageway opposite the ground. The area is out of town center so there were not many places to go in the surrounding area, however, beside the ground is a retail park with fast food outlets.
First task was to find a pub. The nearest was at the other side of the roundabout on Phoenix Way but was found not to admit away supporters so we walked up the road running parallel with the railway line as far as the traffic lights then turned left down Wheelwright Lane where we came across a pub called The Hub about 100 yards on the left. This was full of Toon fans with a few locals with a good atmosphere. Due to demand the two bar staff were reinforced to six. From here the ground is about 15 minutes walk.
Access to seats behind the goal was good with only 3 flights of stairs. Inside the stadium view of the game was very good. The atmosphere was a bit flat due to lots of empty seats in the home sections. Facilities in the concourse were good with enough toilets and food/drink outlets. One good point was that an exit door had been opened and an area outside had been sectioned off with barriers so that smokers could stand outside.
This was a good day out, officials were helpful and locals were friendly so would definitely return. 


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