Ricoh Arena - Coventry City FC
Saturday November 5th 2011
V Southampton 3pm
By Steve Ridgley
Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not
as the case may be):
I’ve visited the
relatively new ‘Ricoh Arena’ once
before. In 2007 I saw Southampton lose
4-1 in front of the Sky cameras in what
was a terrible night for the Saints.
However this season we were on a very
good run heading into this game, and as
I loved the ground and the surroundings
so much last time, I’d thought I’d visit
again! Also prior to the game Coventry
had a battling home record, which would
prove to be a wise test for Saints.
Throughout the area
there were loads of restaurants, fast
food places, so finding places to eat
was fairly easy. However it is advisable
you eat well before the match as all
places can get very busy and you may run
out of time in getting to the Stadium!
We had a takeaway Burger King which we
took away as the restaurant was chocker!
Whilst being outside the ground, home
fans seemed very friendly with no
problems or major banter. Lots were
helpful on directions to get to the away
As before I think the Ricoh Arena is a fabulous ground. It has very steep stands (which I like) with the roof being very high above you. The sound system was spectacular; it was one of the best I’ve heard throughout the league before with loud/well chosen music before and during the game. For example, when Coventry scored the ‘Chelsea Dagger’ was blasted out. Overall the ground was very impressive with a great infrastructure.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground
after the game:
After them match it
took 45 minutes getting out of the car
park! However allfive5 of us were able
to enjoy the 909 phone in with Saints
fans complimenting the display. Once out
of the car park surprisingly roads were
very clear apart from a few queues in
and around the A444.
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