|What's The Ricoh
The Ricoh Arena (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
The Tesco East & Jewson South Stands (photo)
Where To Drink?
Lloyds Pharmacy West Stand (photo)
How To Get There And Where To Park
Looking Towards The Evening Telegraph Stand (photo)
Programme & Fanzines
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Ricoh Arena Location Map
|What's The Ricoh Arena Like?|
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 Tesco 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. These type of schemes are popular around the country at a number of other grounds. I did send my cheque off to the Club with my choice of inscription which was; 'Coventry Are Rubbish' but for some reason I'm still waiting for my brick to appear! 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 Coventry City Council and the Higgs Charity, with the Football Club having a lease agreement to use the stadium. The stadium was opened in August 2005. Coventry City previously played at Highfield Road, their home since 1899.
|The stadium is one of
five venues that will used for the London 2012
Olympics football tournament. It will be referred to
as the 'City of Coventry' stadium as the current
sponsorship naming of the stadium contravenes Olympic
The Government have now approved funding to build a railway station at the Ricoh Arena. However it will not be in operation until late 2013 at the earliest.
|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 serving amongst other things; Hot Dogs (£3.80), Pork & Stuffing rolls (£3.60), Meat & Potato, Chicken & Mushroom and Cheese & Onions Pies (all at £3), as well as large sausage rolls (also £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 car park is well 'policed' on
matchdays. Free parking is restricted to two hours
only unless you spend £25 or more in one of the
shops on the Retail Park (you then display the
receipt in your windscreen), which include Next,
Boots and Marks & Spencers. 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).
|Coventry train station is about three
and half miles away from the stadium and really is
too far to walk. Either take a bus from the Pool
Meadow Bus Station or jump in a taxi (costs around £10 to the
Lori Kilpatrick adds; 'There is a bus stop directly outside the train station, from which most passing buses go to the Pool Meadow Bus Station. On checking that the bus indeed goes to the Bus Station ask for a "match day ticket" which will cost you £4 and will cover all journeys on that day in Coventry (note no change is given on Coventry buses so have the exact cash ready). Get off at the Bus Station and look for the Bus Stand letter 'U' from which the Football Special Shuttle Service operates from (there will be probably be a number of other fans in the vicinity). The service number is 101 and runs every 10 minutes from two hours prior to kick off and then returns every five minutes, for one hour after the game has ended. Buses depart after the match from outside the South Stand and stop at both the bus station and railway station'. 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'.
|Aston Villa, Leicester City, Birmingham City, West Bromwich Albion, Wolverhampton Wanderers.|
These prices are for games played on a Saturday.
Matches played midweek are cheaper costing up to
£5 less per adult ticket and £4 per concession
further discount on this ticket price is available
for Junior Sky Blue Members dependant on age.
|Coventry City FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).|
|Programme & Fanzines|
|Official Programme - £3.
Twist & Shout Fanzine - £1.
The West Terrace Fanzine - £1
|For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.|
|The club offers tours of the stadium on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. The cost of the tour is; Adults £5, Concessions £4.25, Under 16's £3.50. Tours must be booked by calling the club on 0844 873 6397.|
|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.
2011-2012: 15,119 (Championship League)
2010-2011: 16,310 (Championship League)
2009-2010: 17,305 (Championship League)
|Fans Reviews Of The Ricoh Arena|
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
Kev Laidler (Newcastle United) 9/12/09
David Chadwick (Wolverhampton Wanderers) 16/08/08
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|Map Showing Location of the Stadium, Railway Station, Pool Meadow Bus Station and listed Pubs|
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