Home of Coventry City FC

Opened 2005

Capacity 32,609

Rating: 4.3

(8693) Google Reviews

What amazing day out at the Coventry City football club Arena stadium,friendly football club,As the good old days, Top Legends players as Steve Ogrizovic and Micky Gynn, 1987 FA CUP FINAL Winners 🏐🏆,, What amazing atmosphere by both fans on the day, All the staff was very helpful around the stadium ⚽️ thank you all 🐦🐦 Good luck Sky blues going to Wembley in the FA CUP ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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a week ago
Modern stadium with no bad views and Coventry City offer parking for £14 in a large car park - 900+ spaces just over the dual carriage way ( bridge provided ! ) Easy to get in, but pre book only, and there is a queue to get out. We were on row EE near the aisle, and there were no seats in front of where we sat. Good selection of drinks available in the concourse pies are microwaved but hot. Prices are £4.70 for a pie, and tea is £3. Alcohol is in line with most Championship clubs. Only draw back was some crowd trouble outside after the game as the Police / stewards were not used ( I think ) to the stadium being virtually sold out for the first time in a while. Good stadium, and to be fair, Mark Robins has got Coventry playing well, which helps it be a good day out. And that is from a Leicester City supporter.
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2 months ago
It's pretty good ground to visit. There is plenty of parking and easy to access stadium from parking areas. Inside concourse is spacious and there's enough places serving food and drink. View from the stands is good. The stairs can feel a bit tight though. Hopefully Coventry won't get turfed out again.
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5 months ago
Located near a shopping center at walk distance. Parking lot across the street, all standard are covered so no need to worry about the rain. The food is stadium less than average but for tourists they sell meat pies which were tasty.
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2 months ago
I visited the stadium to attend a conference. The conference room, adjacent supplier stand area and amenities were really good. The event was great, plenty of seating, plenty of tea and coffee ☕😄 The food on the buffet was really good. And the lady managing the teams was all over it. Great experience. Thanks 👍🤩
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6 months ago

History (from Wikipedia)

Football at the arena[edit]

Coventry City[edit]

The stadium hosted its first football match in August 2005. The official opening was performed by Dame Kelly Holmes and sports minister Richard Caborn on 24 February 2007, by which time the arena had already hosted a sell-out England U21 football match against Germany as well as a full season of Coventry City matches.

The arena became the venue for Coventry City's home games at the start of the 2005–06 season, following 106 years at the Highfield Road stadium. The first competitive football match played at the stadium was against Queens Park Rangers on 20 August 2005, in front of a reduced (for safety reasons) 23,012 capacity crowd. The game ended 3–0 to Coventry, with Claus Bech Jørgensen becoming the first player to score at the arena. Hull City became the first away team to win at the Ricoh, easing their way to a 2–0 win on 24 September 2005, with both goals coming from John Welsh.

The stadium has never seen a capacity 32,600 crowd for a Coventry City match but 2009 saw their highest attendance coming against 
Chelsea in an FA Cup quarter-final in 2009. This game was technically a sellout as the fan segregation took up a whole block and all available tickets were sold with the overall attendance being 31,407.

In December 2009, the first hat-trick was scored at the venue when 
Freddy Eastwood scored three past Peterborough United. Eastwood grabbed two goals before half-time before Craig Mackail-Smith netted a brace in the second half to level the scoring. However, Coventry City secured three points in the Championship fixture after Eastwood grabbed the final goal of the fixture just a minute after Peterborough levelled. Freddy Eastwood remained the only player to have scored a hat-trick at the Ricoh Arena[17] until Coventry City loanee Jacob Murphy scored a first-half hat-trick in a League One fixture against Gillingham on 21 November 2015.[18]

On 28 July 2011, a bronze statue of 
Jimmy Hill was unveiled at the entrance to the stadium after £100,000 was raised by Coventry City fans.[19] He managed the club from 1961 to 1967 and was responsible for guiding it to the top flight. Despite this, Hill decided to resign as manager for a career in television but later returned to the Sky Blues as managing director before becoming chairman. When he died in December 2015, fans paid tribute by placing flowers and scarves by and around the statue.

The quickest ever goal scored at the ground was when Coventry striker 
Dan Agyei converted against Northampton Town after 19.5 seconds on 4 October 2016. This beat the previous record scored by Reading's Grzegorz Rasiak after 27 seconds in 2009, when Reading defeated Coventry 3–1. Rasiak's goal still remains the fastest one scored by an away side at the stadium.[20]

Rent dispute (2012–13)[edit]

In December 2012, Coventry City owners SISU Capital became embroiled in a high-profile dispute with ACL over the rent arrangement and a lack of access to matchday revenue. The previously agreed rent amounted to £1.2 million per year, but did not give Coventry City access to matchday revenue.

A deadline of 27 December 2012 was given by ACL for unpaid rent. After the deadline passed, a winding up order was enforced through the High Court. Subsequently, after ACL planned to place Coventry City FC Ltd into administration, the club itself entered administration, accepting a 10-point penalty from the Football League as a consequence. A further 10-point penalty was incurred when ACL refused to accept the terms of a CVA proposed by the administrator. Coventry City Football Club has since been bought by Otium Entertainment Group.

On 23 March 2013, Coventry City moved all its staff and club shop stock from the venue after a long dispute over rent and access to matchday revenue with the club.
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Coventry City agreed to play their home games at 
Northampton Town's Sixfields Stadium to ensure that they fulfilled their fixtures. This resulted in ACL threatening to sue Northampton Town if they decided to carry on hosting Coventry City's home games. Northampton Town released a club statement saying that they "will not be bullied or threatened".[22] ACL subsequently withdrew its legal action against Northampton Town.

Second stint at the arena (2014–19)[edit]

ACL and Sisu agreed a two-year deal to bring Coventry City back to the arena in 2014. The club also had the option to play there for a further two years; they played their first match back at the stadium on 5 September 2014 against Gillingham.[23] This followed a payment of £470,000 from SISU Capital to ACL after a Football League ruling.[24] The deal was later extended by a year.[25][26] This meant Coventry City remained at The Ricoh Arena until May 2019 before ground-sharing for two seasons with Birmingham City at St Andrew's.

Third stint at the arena (2021–)[edit]

On 10 March 2021, It was announced that Coventry City and Wasps had agreed to a ten-year deal, which would mean that the club would return to the stadium from the 2021-22 season.[27] The club still intend to build a new stadium on land near the University of Warwick on the southern edge of the city, as a break clause in their contract will allow them to leave the Ricoh for their new stadium.[28]

Things to do in Coventry.

Coventry Transport Museum.

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The Greyhound Inn.

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Well worth the visit. From the stunning surroundings to the pure charm of the interior. This pub oozes charm and that welcome feeling. The age of the... Read More