Club: Coventry City FC | Opening: 2005 | Capacity: 32,604 seats
History and description
Coventry City moved to the Ricoh Arena in 2005 after having played the previous 106 years of their existence at Highfield Road.
Plans for the move were announced as early as 1997, but due to several delays the stadium opened four years later than initially planned. This also meant that the proposed capacity of 45,000 was later scaled back to just over 30,000.
The first match at the Ricoh Arena, a league match between Coventry and QPR, was played on 20 August 2005. The stadium got officially opened six months later in February 2006.
During the 2012 Olympics, the Ricoh Arena was one of the six playing venues, hosting a number of first round group games.
Over the years, Coventry City has had a rocky relationship with the Ricoh Arena, which isn’t club-owned, revolving around the level of rent payments. The dispute led Coventry to play their home games of the 2013-14 season at Northampton’s Sixfields Stadium, which lies over 25 miles away from Coventry, but they returned for the next season.
The club are however still unhappy at the Ricoh Arena, which is also too large for their current crowds, and are therefore investigating a move to a new stadium elsewhere in Coventry.
In 2014, the ground was bought by the London Wasps rugby club, who subsequently relocated to Coventry from their previous home in High Wycombe.
The Ricoh Arena also regularly hosts large concerts.
How to get to the Ricoh Arena
The Ricoh Arena is located on the northern edge of the city of Coventry, about 3 miles from the city centre and one mile more from the main rail station.
The stadium is easily reached by car due to its close proximity to the M6 motorway. Exit the M6 at junction 3 Coventry/Nuneaton, and follow the A444 toward Coventry until the Romley’s Green roundabout, where signs will guide you to the car parks (the stadium will be visible right in front of you).
By public transport, the stadium can be reached by train or bus. Rail station Coventry Arena is right next to the stadium. The station is on the Coventry – Nuneaton line, with trains running once an hour for the 7-minute journey from Coventry.
Alternatively, you can catch bus 4 or 5 from Pool Meadow Bus Station near the Coventry Transport Museum, which is located on the northern edge of the city centre. The journey takes a little over 20 minutes.
Address: Phoenix Way, Coventry, CV6 6GE
Eat, drink, and sleep near the Ricoh Arena
The Ricoh Arena is located on a retail park on the edge of the city. The area is mainly residential and while you may find the odd place to eat or drink on Longford Road, the options are rather limited.
The DoubleTree By Hilton at the Ricoh Arena is located right inside the stadium and even has some rooms with view on the pitch. The Novotel Coventry is located on the M6 and may be convenient if you arrive by car, but otherwise you will have to find a hotel in Coventry’s city centre.
Coventry City Tickets
Tickets for Coventry City matches can be bought online, by phone +44 (0) 844 453 9134, at the Ticket Office of the Butts Park Arena just west of Coventry’s city centre.
Tickets can also be bought on the gate on the day of the match. Coventry won’t normally sell out in League One.
Tickets cost either £22.00 for the standard zones or £26.00 for the premium zones.
Email CCFCtickets@ticketmaster.co.uk or call +44 (0) 333 321 3134 for more information.
Photos of the Ricoh Arena
Relevant Internet links
Ccfc.co.uk – Official website of Coventry City FC.
Ricoharena.com – Official website of the Ricoh Arena.
Visitcoventryandwarwickshire.co.uk – Tourist information for the Coventry and Warwickshire area.
Nxbus.co.uk – Coventry public transport information.