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 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 was played on the 20th of August 2005. The opponents that day were Queens Park Rangers. The stadium got officially opened six months later in February 2006.
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).
On matchdays a special bus service (line 101) connects the stadium with Pool Meadow bus station in the city centre. Buses run from 2 hours before kickoff.
On non-matchdays bus 20 can bring you close to the stadium. Get the bus from Trinity Street in the centre in the direction of Bedworth. Get off after about 12 minutes at stop Little Heath. The stadium lies a 10-minute walk away on the other side of the Tesco Superstore. Buses run very regularly.
Address: Phoenix Way, Coventry, CV6 6GE
Eat, drink, and sleep
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.
Hotel De Vere At Ricoh Arena is located right inside the stadium building and even has some rooms with view on the pitch. It is not unreasonably priced either. 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.
Tickets for Coventry City matches can be bought online, by phone +44 (0) 844 873 1883, at the Ticket Office of the Ricoh Arena, or at the City Central store at the Sherbourne Arcade in the city centre.
Tickets can also be bought on the gate on the day of the match. Coventry will not sell out in League One.
Tickets cost either £22.00 for the standard zones or £25.00 for the premium zones. Prices are decreased for Tuesday night games to £18.00 and £20.00.
For more information call +44 844 873 1883 or email email@example.com.
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.