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NEWS: Matchday Guide vs Middlesbrough

11 August 2023

Club News

NEWS: Matchday Guide vs Middlesbrough

11 August 2023

Coventry City host Middlesbrough in the Sky Bet Championship this Saturday, with the matchday guide for our opening home game now available.

The fixture is a 12:30pm kick-off on Saturday 12th August at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

Tickets for the game still available, though availability in some areas is now limited. 

With a crowd of around 25,000 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 ticket.

Sky Blues fans will be able to pay on the day at the Arena at Cash Turnstiles, or from the Ticket Office.

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

Sky Blues fans can buy at Cash Turnstiles 30–35 from 10:30am for Sky Blues fans. There is no matchday price increase. Please be mindful that if you arrive at cash turnstiles in the final 15 minutes before kick-off, there is likely to be queues. This is for home supporters only. 

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.

E-tickets for Season Ticket holders were sent out on Thursday for Saturday's game.

The Club communicated last week that Season Cards would not be distributed ahead of the first home game of the season - details here

Some fans will receive theirs earlier than others, as this is a block-by-block process - so don't worry if you see someone has received one and you haven't yet.

Fans can print off their e-ticket or they can scan directly from their phone on entry, though we encourage fans to download their ticket prior to arriving at the Arena.
If you have not received your e-ticket by Friday midday, please contact
If you have not received your e-ticket on Saturday, please visit the Ticket Office at the Arena - this is open 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 e-ticket or match ticket has not arrived, please visit the Ticket Office. 

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

Remember - for this game, all Season Ticket holders will receive an e-ticket. Season Cards will be dispatched in batches next week. 

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 is still cashless and remains located in the South-East corner of the Arena, with the new Superstore opening soon.

New 23/24 training and leisure wear items are in stock and available, plus a number of new items.

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Turnstiles open at 10:30am - 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 12:30pm (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.. 

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

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. 

Where it is necessary to search an Under 18, a member of the Coventry City safeguarding team will be present. 

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

The Arena now operates an ANPR system. 

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

Please note that the road at the rear of the East Stand is now closed on matchdays. Where you have booked in Car Park B, please follow the directions below:


Off-site car parking is available with our travel partner EST UK - to view options and to buy, click here. 


Due to the ongoing industrial action in the form of action short of a strike, West Midlands Trains service on the Leamington – Nuneaton line has been served by bus for the last few weeks. This is set to continue until Sunday.

The hourly bus service will not be sufficient for fans on Saturday, and due to the scale of industrial action, West Midlands Trains will not be able to resource further rail replacement vehicles.

In the interest of safety, the hourly buses will not call at Coventry Arena station for 2 hours pre and post-match, to avoid overcrowding – the bus would only fit 60 fans on, and West Midlands Trains anticipate issues around loading.

Fans are advised to use alternative transport to/from the Arena. More info can be found at

West Midlands Train apologise for the inconvenience and the short notice.

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.

The M42 between Junction 6 and 7a (Northbound) and Junction 7 and 6 (Southbound) will be temporarily closed for one weekend from 9pm on Friday 11 August until 5am on Monday 14 August.

For more information on the works please visit Transport for West Midlands. 

If you are travelling to the match by the M6 please note that junction 3 is likely to be busier than usual due to the M42 closure.

If you are travelling to the match on the M42 please be aware that a diversion will be in place.

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

There have been vast improvements this Summer to the food and drink offering at the Arena:

  • Fan village will be open at 10am on the East Stand road - this will include, food, drink and music to entertain fans
  • Anecdote will open at 9am
  • Warm up for one hour from opening in Hospitality, with reduced price drinks 
  • 30 minute warm up from 10:30am to 11am on the concourse, with reduced price drinks
  • New beers on the concourse to include Budweiser, Stella Artois, Camden Hells, Camden Pale Ale, Camden Stout, Mahou (world beer)and Orchard Pig, plus specialist Dhillon’s Brewery kiosks with craft ale
  • 18 new kiosks, including 6 O’clock Gin bar, and a Family Zone Kiosk with a snapshot of Coventry’s history
  • Camden Stout will be giving away ½ pints of free beer on the first game, look out for the members of staff with vouchers, limited to the first barrel
  • New food on the concourse - House Burger, Cod goujons, slices of pizza. Vegan options include jack fruit dirty fries, vegan burger, rice bowls, burrito
  • A nod to Coventry’s lost pubs heritage with kiosks named after these pubs around the ground - spot all 20!

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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 buy your copy from each of the food/drink kiosks on the concourse too!

This a special 140th anniversary front cover, introductions to our new signings plus 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.

Details of the programme are here.


Coventry City's Family Zone is back for 2023/24!

The Family Zone activities will be taking place from 10:30am until 11:45am on Saturday for our home game against Middlesbrough, with kick-off at 12:30pm for the Championship fixture.

With the stadium and concourse busier than ever, the Zone is moving outside again - with plans for a permanent retractable canopy to be in place in the coming weeks at the Zone's new home.

The Family Zone will instead be held on the paved area outside the North East corner – this means you will need to visit the Family Zone before you go through the turnstiles, and will not be able to go back out to the activities.

This will be in close proximity to the area outside the East Stand, which is being transformed this season to a fan village with food, drink and music for fans. 

In the Family Zone, we will have a range of fun arts and crafts for our young Sky Blues supporters to take part in before the game so you can get creative!

We will also have a free face painter in the Zone from 10:30am to 11:45am and then around the Family Zone turnstiles up until kick-off. 

There are also a variety of table games to take part in as well, including Subbuteo and Jenga. The popular tuck shop has been stocked up once again (this is cash only) with food and drink for young fans to enjoy before going into the big game. 

There are even more of the free programmes from the past for you to grab as well – but make sure you’re quick because, as always, they are expected to be snapped up really quickly!

Sky Blue Sam's Post Box is back - giving fans the opportunity to write to our mascot or their favourite City player. 

Sky Blue Sam will be in attendance too, so make sure you get your high fives and photos with him pre-match. He will also be in the Zone handing out first time fan certificates too!

Fans can again register their attendance at the Family Zone this season and will be able to get rewards for coming to the Family Zone regularly. 

So make sure you visit the Family Zone in its new home for the first time this season on Saturday against Middlesbrough and join in the fun pre-match – we look forward to seeing you then!

You can see all of the activities of the Family Zone on social media too:

  • Twitter - @familyzoneccfc
  • Facebook –
  • Instagram – ccfcfamilyzone

The deadline for celebration messages for the game was 5pm on Thursday 10th August – 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. 

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. 


The Coventry Building Society Arena's list of items that fans can/cannot bring into the stadium is shown below:

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This includes:

  • Glasses
  • Weapons
  • Airhorns
  • Narcotics
  • Fireworks and Flares
  • Bottles and Cans
  • Cameras
  • Long Umbrellas
  • Food and Drink
  • Flagpoles
  • Smoking and E-Cigarettes
  • Selfie Sticks
  • Flags or Banners (larger than 2m x 1m or offensive)
  • Baby Buggies/Prams
  • Large Bags/Suitcases
  • Computer Tablets


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.

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 not available to watch on iFollow overseas in a number of locations - details here. 

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 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.

The Fan Village outside the East Stand will be open from 10am - this includes a range of food, drink and music for fans to enjoy pre-match!

Please note that this guide is subject to change and will be updated accordingly.

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