|What's The Ricoh
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)
Looking Towards The South Stand (photo)
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Ricoh Arena Location Map
|What's The Ricoh Arena Like?|
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
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.
|What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?|
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
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!
|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.
|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.
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.
Map showing the location of the Ricoh Arena (at the bottom of this page).
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
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.
|Looking Towards The South Stand|
|Aston Villa, Leicester City, Birmingham City, West Bromwich Albion, Wolverhampton Wanderers.|
Stand (Centre): Adults £25, Concessions
Under 16's £13*
further discount on this ticket price is available
for Junior Sky Blue Members in the home sections
dependant on age.
prices shown above are for tickets purchased prior
to matchday. Tickets bought on the day of the game
can cost up to £2 more.
|Coventry City FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).|
|Official Programme - £3|
|For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.|
|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)
|Fans Reviews Of The Ricoh Arena|
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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