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NEWS: Matchday Guide vs Birmingham City

28 April 2023

Club News

NEWS: Matchday Guide vs Birmingham City

28 April 2023

Coventry City host Birmingham in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday, with the matchday guide for the game now available.

The fixture is a 3pm kick-off on Saturday 29th April at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

Tickets for the game are SOLD-OUT, including general admission and hospitality.

There will be no tickets available to buy on the day. 

With a sell-out crowd of 30,000 expected, take a look at the Matchday Guide below…

Fans are urged to plan their journey, arrive early and have their ticket ready on entry.

Please ensure you sit in the seat stated on your Season Ticket card or Match Ticket

The match is a sell-out - tickets will NOT be available to buy in advance or on the day, either general admission or hospitality. 

JSB Members will not be able to purchase any additional tickets, JSB vouchers and Charity vouchers cannot be redeemed.

For any queries, please click here or call 0333 321 31 34

For all queries on the day, please visit the Ticket Office from 9:30am.

Any pre-purchased ticket collections and queries for Sky Blues fans can be made at the Ticket Office from 9:30am up until kick-off. 

If your Match Ticket has not arrived, please visit the Ticket Office. 

For any collections, please ensure that you have ID or purchase confirmation. 

The Club Shop will be open from 9:30am until kick-off - it will also be open for one hour after the game too. 

The Club Shop has re-commenced being cashless.

Training and leisure wear items are in stock and available, as well as the range of 2022/23 kits, with the End of Season Sale now on!

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Turnstiles open at 1pm - the advised turnstile for entry is shown on your ticket, but you can use any other turnstiles if you wish to avoid any queues.

Most turnstiles close at 3pm (kick-off time) but late turnstiles, which remain open until half-time, are numbers 18 (East Stand) and 45 (West/North Stand).

Fans are advised to arrive early on Saturday due to the 30,000 attendance. 

You are also advised to have your Season Ticket or Match Ticket ready to be scanned as you approach the turnstile. 

See our advice for fans here.

Due to the current national terror threat level, there will also be searches on entry. We may also ask to search your bag. We’ll be as quick as we can when undertaking our searches, but please allow some extra time for this to take place and co-operate with our security staff.

Where appropriate/neccessary, staff may use a searching wand for this to take place safely. 

Car Parks A and C are sold out. Parking is available at Arena Park - click here to book now.

In all car parks, please follow the instructions of the car park stewards - vehicle movement is restricted 1 hour before kick-off, with all on-site roads closed at least 1 hour before kick-off. Vehicles movement is restricted post-match - with vehicles parked on-site held to allow for safe exit of pedestrians and away coaches.

For queries regarding on-site car parking, including disabled parking, please contact

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Coventry City host Birmingham City this Saturday. As a result, services between Birmingham and Coventry will be very busy 2 hours before and after the match.

If you’re travelling to the match, please keep the below in mind:

  1. Services between Birmingham and Coventry will be much busier than usual
  2. Services between Coventry and Coventry Arena station are limited to an hourly service. You’re advised to use alternative travel from Coventry station
  3. Queuing systems may be in place at stations during busier times, so please allow extra time for your journey
  4. Check your train times in advance at

Why can’t more trains be provided between Coventry and Coventry Arena?

Infrastructure restrictions on the Leamington Spa – Nuneaton line combined with platform capacity at Coventry station means that services on the line remain hourly.

To view the train timetable, click here

For live updates and travel info, fans are advised to visit

The Sky Blue Tavern is running return travel from the Tavern in the City Centre to Dhillon's Brewery, close to the Arena, offering fans an alternative to driving to the Arena or other public transport. For details or to book, click here or visit their social media.

Alternatively a range of local buses have stops near to the Arena - you can plan your journey on the Transport for West Midlands website

A new 'On Demand' bus service has been launched - this is a new type of bus service that anyone travelling in the Coventry area can use. It does not follow a specific route. Instead, you book a journey and a bus will pick you up at a time you choose. For more details of this service, please click here.

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

Even more additional bars and food options will be open outside the East and North Stand for Saturday's game, available pre-match and at half-time.


The 'Anecdote' bar will be open to home supporters.


The Mill will be open for supporters from the concourse too - this is accessible via the West Stand concourse near Blocks 35/36 - and a range of food and drink is available. 


The Sky Blue Tavern in Coventry city centre will be open for you to enjoy before then heading to the Coventry Building Society Arena.

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The Sky Blue Tavern is located at Hertford Place, near Junction 7 of Coventry Ring Road. 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. This season there is a new Indian Menu too! It is open from 9am on Saturday - for info visit

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 also be open on Saturday too from 9am at Unit 14A Hales Industrial Estate, Rowley’s Green Lane (CV6 6AT) – a short walk to the Coventry Building Society Arena for the game.

Hugely popular, it includes a 20-foot TV screen, indoor bar and a covered outdoor seating with room for hundreds of Sky Blues fans, plus DJ Big Smithy playing some great music too! There's a CCFC Sky Blue Army mural, two outdoor screens, extensive food choices and two outdoor mini bars!

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68-page Matchday Programme PUSB will be available around the ground for £3.50, and the option now to pay cash or card for your programme. 

This includes the Sky Blues squad reflecting on the season so far, while we also have the latest from around the Club - including Under 21s, Sky Blues in the Community, Coventry City Women and Girls FC - plus our range of regular columns, a look back at recent games and events as well as a range of historical features too.

On the front cover, we have the winner of the Sky Blue Portraits competition which we ran with Coventry Building Society.

Details of the programme are here.

Family Zone activities take place earlier than usual on Saturday, from 1pm until 2pm

These will be taking place this week on the outside concourse paved area, near to turnstiles 30 and 31.

Take a look at what's going on here. 

The deadline for celebration messages for the game was 5pm on Wednesday 26th April – we can no longer accept any further requests after this time unfortunately due to production timelines. Further information

You can still add your photo to the Coventry Building Society Fan Wall - just post on social media on Saturday with the hashtag #CBSFanWall

Any issues of racism, homophobia, discrimination, abusive behaviour or general safety issues can be reported to the Club on home matchdays using the reporting text service – 07537 453 117. Please note this a new number for the 2022/23 campaign.

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.

This is a text service, so please do not call this number. 


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


Away fans are located in the South Stand. Food and Drink kiosks in the South Stand are cashless. For ticket information, please refer to your club website.

Tickets are not available to purchase on the day for away supporters.

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

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The match is not available to watch on iFollow in the UK

The match is available to watch on iFollow overseas.

Audio commentary of the game is available on iFollow in the UK and overseas.

The Coventry Building Society Arena is an all-seater stadium.

Following communication from authorities regarding this, Coventry City and the Arena have been asked to remind Sky Blues supporters that persistent standing is not allowed at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

Persistently standing for the whole match or for long periods is against ground regulations and may affect the enjoyment of the game for other supporters, whose view may be affected, as well as your safety and the safety of others. 

The Sky Blues players and coaching staff intend to stay on the pitch at the end of the game to thank fans for their support at the Arena during the 2022/23 league season.

However, the players and staff will only be able to do this if supporters remain in the stands.

If any fans are on the pitch, this will not be able to happen and players will leave the pitch and not return.

Coventry City are reminding fans not to enter the pitch before, during or after Saturday's home league game of the season against Birmingham City at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

Entering the pitch is a criminal offence.

Fans who do so face police and court action, and multi-year ban from Coventry City home and away matches.

The Sky Blues players and coaching staff intend to stay on the pitch at the end of the game to thank fans for their support at the Arena during the 2022/23 league season.

However, the players and staff will only be able to do this if supporters remain in the stands.

If any fans are on the pitch, this will not be able to happen and players will leave the pitch and not return.

With the Sky Blues pushing for a play-off place, there is the possibility of further first-team action on the pitch next month – meaning the pitch condition must be protected.

The Coventry Building Society Arena is a licensed premise.

It’s illegal for under-18s to buy alcohol anywhere in the UK.

Under the provisions of the Licensing Act 2003, it is illegal in England and Wales:

  • To sell alcohol to someone under the age of 18 anywhere.
  • For someone under the age of 18 to buy or attempt to buy alcohol.
  • For an adult to buy or attempt to buy alcohol on behalf of someone under the age of 18.

The Coventry Building Society Arena operates a 'Challenge 25' policy.

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