Coventry City FC - Ricoh Arena

Ricoh Arena Guide

Stadium Info

The Ricoh Arena has an all seated capacity of 32,500 as well as a 6,000 square-metre exhibition hall, a hotel, a leisure club and a casino. The site is also home to Arena Park Shopping Centre containing one of the UK's largest Tesco Extra hypermarkets. Unfortunately, the club have yet to sell out the capacity for any home league game although the feat was managed in a cup tie against Chelsea. A fact that will probably only change with promotion to the Premier League.

Away Fans

Visiting supporters are situated to one end of the Jewson south stand where upto 3,000 supporters can be accomodated for. There isn't a single pillar throughout the ground meaning you're view of the playing area is unrestricted from all positions. The size of the ground compared to the general home gate make it quite difficult for home and away fans to generate a good atmosphere.

Stadium Layout

Ricoh Arena seating plan:

Ricoh Arena seating plan

Where To Drink

Pubs admitting away supporters are few and far between and anyone fancying a drink is advised to either stop short on their journey to Coventry or to drink in the City centre. Avoid wearing club colours, baseball caps and burberry-style clothing and you should get a decent pre-game drink.

The nearest shopping area is Arena Park at the back of the ground. There is a large Tesco's, a Boots, Burger King, a Library and lots of market stalls. There is a Pizza Hut across the car park.

Parking

Parking is very strict in surrounding streets with a residents only format in play leaving no real choice but to either, take up one of the park and ride options around the Ricoh at a cost of between 5 and 7; or spend over 25 in the Arena shopping centre and park there free of charge. Alternatively, you can book in advance to park at the ground in one of the clubs designated parking spaces at a cost of 10. Jonny Shuttleworth informas me: There are many many pubs situated on Foleshill Road behind the Ricoh that offer parking for as little as 3 on match days.

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By Train

The nearest / closest train station to Coventry City's Ricoh Arena is Coventry, some four miles away. Coventry is on the Virgin Cross Country Line and is also served by Central Trains. A railway line runs past the ground but the putting in of a station is currently under consideration with the City Councillors.

There is a taxi rank outside Coventry Station and it will cost around 10 or so for a single journey to the ground. Similarly in the city centre, there are a number of taxi ranks. Alternatively try one of the local firms: Central 02476 333333 are usually the most reliable.

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Fans Reviews

  • Ryan Hunt wrote:

    Travel: As i had work in the morning me and my friend got the train from Temple Meads to Coventry via Birmingham New Street. The train Journey was relatively straight forward going there. Once in Coventry there were plenty of taxis outside the station. Do be aware that prices do vary on traffic conditions (14 to the ground only 10 back to the station)It is about a 15 minute taxi journey to the ground.

    Refreshments: As the taxi got us there a little later than planned we walked around the stadium (very impressive!)to the away end to que to get in as there were 3747 others planning on doing the same thing at the same time!

    Impressions: Absolutely brilliant stadium, it is the first time on any away day that i did get a little bit excited about the actually stadium itself! Very modern ground with a few twists such as a casino and a hotel! The inside of the stadium was okay, the forecourt was a little smaller than expected in the away end though! Once you climb the stares to your seat the stadium really does open up on you! With all of its stands connected you really can generate a lot of atmosphere! There did seem to be more of us than Coventry fans though! The Coventry fans themselves were friendly and helpful as were the stewards and police!

    Facilities: The facilities sadly didn't do justice for such a fantastic place! I had to wait half an hour(missing our second goal) to get a burger and a pint at half time as there were only 5 people serving 3,749 city fans,not good! There was plenty of leg room though!

    Exit: Exiting the stadium for me wasn't an issue! Me and my friend decided to walk to the retail park and get the taxi as there were a load of other supporters looking to get one from the stadium itself(highly recommended walking there and calling a taxi only a 10 minute wait instead of an hour outside the stadium)The trip back to the station for the train home was quick and simple enough!

    Enjoy: My personal best away day to date as Bristol City came out 3-1 winners to send all 3,749 of us home happy! You can't really ask for more really! A truly fantastic stadium which i would love to go back to! Very highly recommended!

  • Travel: Better than I expected having heard mostly bad things. You have to pre book to parkat the ground, but there are a couple of other official car parks near the ground for about a fiver, the one I parked at you could see the ground, and I was back on the M6 six minutes after leaving it, cant get better than that. The ground is very close to the M6 junction 3 down Phoenix Way.

    Refreshments: Retail Park City, so the usual. Never ate anything inside, but it had probably the best organised and biggest set of food and drink bars Ive ever seen. Certainly been to a few even newer grounds that it puts to shame.A massive area in the corner of the North Stand too for kids to do activities and stuff, never seen that anywhere else either.

    Impressions: Very samey. It feels much bigger than it is though, the single tiered stands are very steep, the corners are filled in, and the Lloyds Pharmacy Stand providing a break from the monotony with a strange two tiered stand.

    Atmosphere: Poor to be honest, though expected with it being less than half full. It got pretty decent towards the end as Cov were pushing for a win though.

    Anything Else: There is a statue of club legend Jimmy Hill outside the club shop.

    Enjoy: Like many new grounds, not the greatest day out, and it doesnt really add much with it being so empty either. Shame, as its better designed than most other new grounds.

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Ground Name: Ricoh Arena
Capacity: 32,500 (all seated)
Address: Phoenix Way, Foleshill, Coventry, CV6 6GE
Main Tel No.: 0844 873 1883
Team Nickname: The Sky Blues
Year Ground Opened: 2005
Site: www.ccfc.co.uk

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