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NEWS: Matchday Guide vs Derby County

22 October 2021

Ahead of Saturday’s game against Derby County in the Sky Bet Championship, the Sky Blues have produced a matchday guide for fans attending the game.

The Sky Bet Championship game is a 3pm kick-off at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

A crowd of over 22,000 is expected, which will be our biggest of the season so far, and therefore we strongly advise fans to arrive early.

We expect cash turnstiles to be busy and we therefore also advise fans to arrive early when buying on the gate.

COVID Advice and Protocols

Coventry City issued updated COVID Advice and Protocols for fans at the start of the season – this continues to apply for all our home games.

To summarise:

  • Before you come to the game, we encourage fans to take a lateral flow test. This is not compulsory but would hopefully reduce the risk of transmission in the stadium.
  • All fans are encouraged to wear face masks when at games - particularly when entering the stadium and walking around the concourse, as these are busy areas.
  • We also encourage fans to continue social distancing wherever possible.
  • There are increased hygiene measures, and fans are encouraged to wash their hands.
  • In accordance with the current Government and EFL regulations, there is currently no requirement to provide proof of double vaccination to enter the stadium.

To see the full information for fans, click here

Currently, players are not appearing in the Family Zone or Lounges as part of our COVID protocols. We politely request that fans do not ask players/staff for selfies either inside or outside the stadium.

Fans are allowed to bring in their own small hand sanitiser with them to the game.

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Buying tickets on matchday

Saturday’s game is a Category A fixture –Adult tickets are £30, with Concessions £20, Under 18s £15, JSB U16s £10 and JSB U13s FREE.

Tickets will be available to buy from the Ticket Office at the Coventry Building Society Arena, which opens at 9:30am on Saturday and will be open up until kick-off. This is cashless.

Sky Blues fans can buy at Cash Turnstiles 30 – 37 (shown below) from 1:30pm. There is no matchday price increase. We advise fans to arrive at least 15 minutes before kick-off when buying at Cash Turnstiles due to high demand.

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Ticket Info for the game can be seen here

For any queries, please email ccfctickets@ticketmaster.co.uk or call 0333 321 31 34

Derby County supporters are able to pay on the day at Cash Turnstiles in the South Stand.

Ticket Collections and Queries

Any ticket collections and queries for Sky Blues fans can be made at the Ticket Office from 9:30am on Saturday.

Derby supporters can collect pre-purchased tickets from the away ticket collection booth at the rear of the South Stand.

Season Tickets

Any Season Ticket holders who have not received their card or have lost it can arrange a paper ticket for the game. Please visit the Ticket Office to collect your ticket.

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Any new Season Tickets purchased from Tuesday 19th October will require a paper ticket due to production time of Season Ticket cards.

For queries in advance of the game, please visit the Ticket Office or email ticketoffice@ccfc.co.uk . Any queries on the day of the game can be made in person at the Ticket Office.

Coventry City Girls FC

We will be partner club Coventry City Girls FC at Saturday’s game. Coventry City Girls FC is an FA charter standard club, run by volunteers that work tirelessly to raise funds, manage teams and ensure all FA standards are met. They were founded in 1995 and now have expanded to 14 teams ranging from Under-9 to Under-18 who play in the Coventry & Warwickshire league, and also an adult first-team who play in the West Midlands League.

They will be holding a bucket collection pre-game, so make sure you bring some cash, and also parading the pitch at half-time. See full details here

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Welcome our new Academy players!

Coventry City Academy’s new intake of Under 10s will be formally welcomed to the Sky Blues this afternoon.

COVID protocols meant that our usual last game of the season signing event could not take place in May, so we are welcoming the players to today’s game instead to celebrate them joining the Coventry City.

After a glimpse behind-the-scenes at the stadium, the players will watch the Sky Blues warm-up from close quarters before watching the match. At half-time, they will also be parading around the pitch - so make sure you give them a big welcome to the Club!

Club Shop

The Club Shop, in the South-East corner of the stadium, will be open from 9:30am until kick-off on Saturday, and then again for an hour post-match. This is cashless. All of this season’s kits are in stock and available to buy!

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Entry to stadium

Turnstiles open at 1:30pm while Hospitality doors open at 12:30pm

Car Parking

Fans can book on-site car parking here – booking in advance is advised

You can also book off-site car parking here

Due to the recent increase of our attendances, we are having to close access to Car Park B from one hour before kick-off to ensure pedestrian safety on internal roads at the stadium. If you have booked in this area please arrive prior to this time to gain entry. Thank you for your co-operation.

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Please note that the exit directly on to Jimmy Hill Way/the A444 will be used on Saturday post-match for vehicles in Car Park B. In all car parks, please follow the instructions of the car park stewards.

For queries regarding on-site car parking, please contact christopher.otoole@apcoa.com

Bars and Kiosks, including the new Anecdote Bar

All Bars and Kiosks at the Arena are also now cashless – cash payment is not accepted.

Additional catering will again be open on the East Stand forecourt for supporters. Fans will be able to use these pre-match and at half-time – however please note that alcoholic drinks purchased at the outside catering units pre-match must be consumed outside and not taken inside the stadium. At half-time, alcoholic drinks purchase outside will be able to be taken inside.

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The Anecdote Bar at the stadium will also be open for Sky Blues fans only, both pre-match and after the game with a range of food and drink available. 

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In hospitality areas, additional bars will again be open for supporters in the Legends Lounge and Level One Lounge.

Sky Blue Tavern and Dhillon’s Brewery Fan Zone

The new Sky Blue Tavern in Coventry city centre will be open from Midday on Saturday.

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Coventry's newest sports bar the Sky Blue Tavern is located at Hertford Place, near Junction 7 of Coventry Ring Road, at the old Dragon Phoenix/Feast Junction building. The Tavern has a Sky Blues theme, with historic images and memorabilia throughout the two-story building, and is the place to go for Sky Blues supporters. For info visit www.skybluetavern.com

You could win a signed Sky Blues shirt at the Tavern this week - click here for info

A shuttle bus is available to book from the Tavern over to Dhillon’s Brewery, near to the Arena – with a drink or food option included.  

Meanwhile the Fan Zone at Dhillon’s Brewery will be open from 11am on Saturday at Unit 14A Hales Industrial Estate, Rowley’s Green Lane (CB6 6AT) – a short walk from the Coventry Building Society Arena.

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It has been completely refurbished and now includes a 20-foot TV screen, new indoor bar and a covered outdoor seating with room for hundreds of Sky Blues fans. DJ Big Smithy, made famous from our time groundsharing at St Andrew’s, is there too to help create a fantastic pre-match atmosphere, while there are plenty of food options as well!

Programme

Matchday Programme PUSB will be available around the ground for £3 – this is cash and card payment.

Sky Blues defender Fankaty Dabo is our main feature – for full info please click here.

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Family Zone

The Family Zone is back! It is open from 1:30pm to 2:30pm, with a range of activities to keep young fans busy pre-match, including arts & crafts, games and a raffle – click here for details.

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Scoreboard Messages

The deadline for messages has now passed for the Derby County game – we can no longer accept any further requests unfortunately due to production timelines. Further information

Matchday Reporting Number

Any issues of racism, homophobia, discrimination, abusive behaviour or general safety issues can be reported to the Club on home matchdays using the reporting number – 07395 932 164.

Simply begin your message with the Block/Seat location of the incident – followed by details of the incident. We will treat your message in the strictest confidence.

Prohibited Items

Details of items that fans can/cannot bring into the stadium are shown below:

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iFollow

The game is being broadcast live internationally – for this reason, the game is not available on iFollow. Please check your local listings for coverage details. Details here.

Away Fan Information

Away fans are located in the South Stand. Tickets are available to purchase at Cash Turnstiles from 1:30pm. Food and Drink kiosks in the South Stand are cashless.

Further information for away fans can be seen in our Away Fans section of our website here.

Defibrillators

Following recent events, we felt it was important to highlight to fans the locations of defibrillators within the Stadium Bowl area for fans. A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart of someone who is in cardiac arrest. This high energy shock is called defibrillation, and it's an essential part in trying to save the life of someone who’s in cardiac arrest.

These are clearly only for use in an emergency, but can prove vital for fans who suffer a cardiac arrest. There is also extensive medical and first-aid provision at matches. 

  • West Stand - Atrium North – Guest services reception desk
  • West Stand - ACL Offices
  • West Stand - Atrium South – South Entrance Doors
  • West Stand - 1st Floor – Outside Lift Lobby by Club Coventry Lounge
  • West Stand - 1st Floor – Inside Boardroom
  • West Stand - 2nd Floor – Outside Premier Lounge – top of escalator
  • West Stand – Players Tunnel
  • South Stand – Tunnel 19
  • South Stand – Tunnel 25
  • East Stand/North Stand – Concourse in North/East Stand corner outside First Aid Room 1

Others available elsewhere in the Arena complex are:

  • 1st floor – South office outside Community Space
  • Faradays Restaurant
  • Lower Halls – Main Entrance
  • Basement Level – Main Staff Entrance Door (Near Players Entrance)

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