Coventry City – The Ricoh Arena

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ricoh arena coventryThe Ricoh Arena is an all-seater stadium, with a capacity of 32,500.

Built by Laing O’Rourke (also responsible for Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium), it was opened in August 2005, replacing Coventry’s previous home at Highfield Road, where they had played since 1899. Due to a dispute with the Stadium’s owners over extortionate levels of rent, Coventry City agreed to play their home games at Northampton’s Sixfields stadium for 3 years from the 2013/14 season onwards, whilst a new stadium was built in Coventry.

The new stadium is completely enclosed, with single tier stands to the North, South and East of the ground. The West Stand has a small tier of seats overhanging the larger lower tier which houses hospitality boxes towards its rear. Numerous perspex panels allow natural light to enter, aiding the growth of the pitch. A large, video scoreboard occupies one corner of the stadium between the South and East Stands. Away supporters are accommodated to one side of the South Stand towards the corner with the West Stand.

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How to get to the Ricoh Arena

By Road:
ricoh arena directionsThe Ricoh Arena is located in Phoenix Way, Foleshill, Coventry CV6 6GE.

Visiting fans driving from both North and South should follow the M6 as far as junction 3, taking the A444 exit, signed Coventry (North). Those arriving from the North should take the 4th exit at the roundabout, while those coming from the South should take the 2nd exit, onto Phoenix Way. Having passed through one roundabout, the Ricoh Arena is located on the left.


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By Rail:
coventry train stationCoventry station is 3½ miles from the Ricoh Arena and too far to walk for most. However, there is a bus stop directly outside the station, from which most buses go to the Pool Meadow bus station. “Match Day Special” tickets are available, covering all journeys within the Coventry area.

A shuttle bus (service no. 101) operates from the Pool Meadow bus station to the Arena stadium complex, with departures every 10 minutes for 2 hours prior to kick-off. Return buses run from outside the South Stand for an hour after the match. Several fans have advised avoiding the lengthy queues for the return buses by catching the no.13 service from near the roundabout close to the stadium. Click here to check the current train timetables

By Air:
The nearest airport is Birmingham International, some 11 miles from the ground. Regular rail connections are available to Coventry, with a journey time of 20-30 minutes. Click here to check the current flight times

Taxis
There are several taxi companies in Coventry that can take you to and from the Ricoh Arena. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.

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Where to Park?

ricoh arena parkingParking is not available at the stadium and a residents’ only parking scheme operates in the vicinity of the ground. However, the club utilise a number of official car parks in nearby factory units and schools, within easy walking distance of the ground.

Alternatively, there are secure car parks near junction 3 of the M6, within a 15-minute walk of the ground. These provide easy access to the motorway after the match. However, they are popular and fans are advised to book spaces in advance.

Away Friendly Pubs near the Ricoh Arena

pubs near ricoh arenaThe Black Horse, situated between Longford and Exhall, is reported to offer a friendly welcome to away fans. Many of the pubs along Longford Road are “home only,” but the JK English Pub is an exception, providing a hearty welcome for visiting supporters.

It can be reached by following the towpath away from the North Stand, over the canal for some 400 yards and turning right into Longford Road. The pub is some 200 yards, on the right. It offers an “all you can eat” buffet on Saturday lunchtimes. Reasonably priced parking is also available at this pub. Alternatively, alcohol is available inside the stadium.

Hotels near the Ricoh Arena

britannia coventry hill hotelThe Britannia Coventry Hotel, Fairfax Street, Coventry CV1 5RP is a centrally-located, budget price hotel. Guest reviews have been less than sparkling, but suggest that it is more than adequate for a one night stay.

The Quality Hotel Birmingham NEC, Birmingham Road, Coventry CV5 9BA is also towards the lower end of the price scale, but guest reviews have been more encouraging, remarking upon its good location, helpful staff and cleanliness.

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What have other Away Fans said about their trip to the Ricoh Arena?

away fans coventryMany fans have remarked on the steep nature of the South Stand, requiring a good deal of effort to reach their seats. Numerous visitors have reported being disappointed at the view of the playing action, as a running track surrounds the pitch and is itself some distance from the playing surface. Several fans have reported that despite excellent legroom, the seating was quite uncomfortable, which proved very disappointing in a relatively new stadium.

However, acoustics are reported as superb, creating a great atmosphere within the ground. Facilities are reported as modern, with helpful staff. Queues at catering outlets appear to be far shorter than at some other grounds, and the range and quality of products offered are generally reported as excellent, though several fans have complained of warm lager at £3+ per bottle. Stewards are reported as being a little overzealous, with fans regularly ejected for persistent standing, so best behaviour is advised

Your comments about Coventry City – The Ricoh Arena


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  1. John

    Getting to the Ricoh is a piece of cake. Just follow the “Football Parking” signs from the M6, and there’s a car park literally just off Junction 3 (cost £3 iirc) – The Ricoh is then around a 10-15 minute walk (longer if you stop in a pub!), and best of all it means that after the game, you’ll be back on the M6 and moving at 70mph within 20 minutes. Park anywhere near the stadium and you’ll still be in sight of the stadium after 20 minutes!

    As with a lot of new stadiums, the Ricoh lacks “character”, but you can’t argue with the sheer size of it, and the acoustics are really fantastic, particularly when all four sides of the ground are singing.

    The concourses under the stadium are nice and big, and allow plenty of room for chatting. The queues for food and drink were huge last time I visited, so maybe worth filling up before the game!


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  3. Ian

    I visited the Ricoh Arena this season, I was very impressed with the acoustics and overall layout of the ground as it is close to variosu shops/restaurants such as one of the largest tescos in Britain, piza hu and burger king, although it is to be noted that that Coventry fans are very passionate about their team which can make for a hostile environment outside the ground and surrounding areas, so it is advisable not to wear/show club colours until in the ground.


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  5. Dan

    Went to The Ricoh last October and was fairly pleased with my visit. Lots of cheap parking in the back of pubs near the stadium and also lots of shops and food outlets. The largest Tesco in Britain is within 100 yards of the stadium and also 2 food outlets, Pizza Hut and Burger King. Can be intimidating for younger fans due to ferocity of Coventry City fans towards the visiting supporter. Also, lack of legroom so legs are likely to be very soor


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  7. David Mc Gee

    Hi, just wanted to explain to fans that their is a fantastic Casino / catering establishment that is part of the Ricoh Arena complex. It is open to fans and has a friendly atmosphere. Very modern and lush with great TV cameras. The stadium it self is off course brilliant. If full it is fantastic for acoustics but when empty a little lacking All facilties are very modern and has a very continental feel about it Car parks are free or cheap around if you know where your going Pubs do exist around the Arena and I have never had reports of bad fan behaviour Good views and catering facilties all round I think and there is a Burger King and Pizza Hut in walking distance as well as tescos adn other shops. Cheers Dave Mc Gee.


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  9. tom

    i went to the ricoh on the opening game of the championship for portsmouth it was my first away game dislcuding wembley but got to say it is a very nice staduim and very easy to get to but us portsmouth fans seemed to wake the staduim up coventry fans hardly sang so their was no atmosphere form their end their was only 18,000 thousand attendance its a shame really becasue it is a really nice staduim but overall it is a good day out and one of the championship staduims u should go to.


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  11. Stephen

    I think it necessary to say that ,whilst I don’t disbelieve the two supporters who experienced “ferocity” and “intimidation”, we didn’t see one scrap of trouble and felt safe and welcome at all times. I went on 606 as a result of these posts and was met with messsages from several Coventry fans assuring me that it would be fine to take my son, which it was.


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  13. Richard

    i visited the ricoh arena in december and was impressed with my visit. There was a burger king and pizza hut outside the ground, and its accesibility is brilliant. All of the home fans were friendly, however there was not many of them there, only 15,000 infact which is half of there capacity. They made virtualy no noise leaving the away support to create the atmosphere. I found the stewards very friendly and we had no problems atall. The concourses are very roomy with plenty of room to chat, and the queues were suprisingly short. It was a lovely stadium and there was plenty of legroom. The stairways are steap and require alot of effort making your way to your seats.


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  15. Kevin Halls

    As a season ticket holder at the Ricoh Arena and a Sky Blues long suffering fan of fifty years I feel I can give any supporter of a team coming to Coventry some much needed advice and guidance.
    Firstly the majority of our fans are friendly and sociable,but like most football clubs around the country we have a few who aren’t that friendly,and want to have a fight instead of offering the hand of friendship.
    Secondly our ground is ultra modern which means to some it’s fantastic but to others it’s a boring place to sit and watch the beautiful game,as the saying goes beauty is in the eye of the beholder or those who need to go to Specsavers.
    And thirdly there are plenty of watering holes around the ground and greasy spoon cafes too most of them are supposed to be for Sky Blue fans only,but as we are still in a nasty credit crunch all the landlords welcome away fans with open arms especially those who are alcoholic and love their grub !


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  17. Mark

    I visted the Ricoh by car in Nov 2011.
    Road Journey was fine.
    The pub they say drink in on this website is awful (JK English pub). Its been turned into a curry house so i wouldnt recommend and its a good 25 min walk from ground.
    I suggest you have a drink in the ground as the beer is cold and not overpriced.
    When parking drive to the ground and work your way back there are car parks all over price on average £5.00. within 5/10 mins walk.
    Do not go by train unless you wait a least an hour wait for a bus or taxi after the game.


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  19. Shoon sfc

    Went to the Ricoh in Nov 2011 for Cov Vs Saints in the Championship, it’s an impressive view from the outside & the pies were great (go for Balti) with friendly staff & a roomy congregating area. The loos were looking a bit neglected for a ground not open for long.

    I found the stands very steep, the ground seemed confined & stuffy thanks to it’s very boxy nature, it’s almost is though there was a micro atmosphere in there that is a few degrees warmer than the outside & I couldn’t help thinking it was more of an attachment to the other leisure facilities itself rather than being the main attraction itself. Maybe it’s because I’m used to the more open bowl shape of St Marys.

    There was no atmosphere whatsoever & there seemed to be an air of gloom about the place, I was waiting for late comers to come up from the bar or late arrivals but they never showed, I can only guess this is down to the current troubles they are going through. Kind of reminded me of what we went through a couple of years back. Good luck CFC.


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  21. STEVE

    The Ricoh Arena is a very neat stadium but the location if travelling by public transport is
    terrible. Arriving by train you’ve got a 20 minute walk to the bus station before enduring
    an half hour bus ride, getting back into the City centre is even worst, the que for the special
    match day bus is horrendious, made worst because Birmingham had taken almost 6,000
    fans, many travelling over by train and all trying to get back to the station. I was advised to
    walk to the Tesco complex and cross over the road where there would be a bus every 5
    minutes, but the traffic was awful it took over an hour to get from the ground back to city centre.
    I spoke to some Coventry supporters who all said it’s a nightmare getting to the stadium and
    back, I would think twice about going there again.


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  23. Kevin Halls

    I am still a long suffering Coventry City fan of fifty years but now we are going to be playing our football in League One this season. After being a Championship club for all these years we go back to when it all began for me in the Third Division.
    The Ricoh Arena has just been hosting Olympic games but it was renamed The City of Coventry Stadium during the tournament,but has now returned to it’s proper name.
    Our first two home games we will be welcoming supporters from Sheffield United and Bury,the Blades fans will have already been here before but for the one’s from Bury it may be a first visit.
    So as I wrote before expect a warm reception from the majority of Sky Blue fans,but we still have some who see away fans as the enemy but as punishment for aggro is a long ban most just use verbal banter now.
    I like a few beers before and after a match and the Wheatsheaf on the Foleshill Road is where I like to go,it’s only a ten minute walk over to the ground and away fans are welcome there.
    I’ve drank with fans from all over the country and never witnessed any trouble in the pub,any aggro usually takes place when it’s been arranged beforehand away from the area !
    Other pubs I recommend are the Gas Club just a few yards down from the Wheatsheaf,last time I went you paid a quid entrance fee,but they welcome away fans too as long as they behave as it’s a working man type club.
    Next to the Ricoh Arena is the Casino and anyone can go in there I prefer the atmosphere of a pub myself but as it’s next door to the ground it is handy especially if the weather is a bit iffy !
    There are places to eat cafes and takeaways etc and of course the largest Tesco in the country is opposite the stadium so you can grab what you need there too.
    So expect an enjoyable visit to Coventry and as long as you don’t come looking for a fight you will no doubt return home with good memories,unless the City beat you of course !


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  25. Dan

    went there last season in march , decent ground and on the outside aswell , but took one step in the ground and it was breath thaking , such a good facilitie to play football , some decent pubs near around the corner of the stadium , when i went there didnt seeem to be no trafffic whatsoever. however we lost 2-0 but the attendance was so poor.


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  27. Mark

    The Ricoh Arena is an impressive stadium with excellent facilities. It certainly doesn’t deserve to be hosting third tier football. If you are visiting Coventry there are some great pubs around the ground and it sits next to a large retail park with a Tesco, Burger King, Greggs, subway, pizza hut etc…

    Personally, I go to the Casino which is actually below ground, underneath the stadium. It is a great place to chat with both sets of fans before the game and the facilities are great.

    There is never any trouble outside the stadium unless you come looking for it. The stewards are always friendly and helpful. The view is great and there are no restricted view seats.

    The only down side is that Coventry City have been on a steady downward spiral for 15 years and with only 6 top half finishes in any league in 40 years the locals are starved of success and so crowds are at an all time low. But when the team get on a run the atmosphere is excellent..


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  29. Kevin Halls

    As a hardcore Coventry City supporter I want to know what fans of other clubs think of the Ricoh Arena ?
    I have written here before but this time as other Coventry fans will also appreciate,we are on the verge of
    administration and rumours are abound that we may even lose our home ground.
    Obviously we don’t want that to happen,but we are going through difficult times here in Coventry,and every week we hear talk of the club going bust and discussions breaking down which leaves us City fans anxious for our future.
    I know fans have commented here but if many more shared their views we may get the men in suits having a look and who knows if the comments are positive they may try harder in getting things sorted out ?
    I talk to fans from other clubs all the time in the pub before matches,and afterwards too and the majority say they like the Ricoh and it is one of their favourite stadiums they have visited.but if we do lose it which could happen they too will miss out on a good day out.So please fellow Football fans leave your comments and hopefully positive ones,and let’s hope we get to keep on playing at the Ricoh Arena for many more years ?

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