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NEWS: Matchday Guide vs Birmingham City

7 December 2023

Club News

NEWS: Matchday Guide vs Birmingham City

7 December 2023

Coventry City host Birmingham City on Friday night and the Matchday Guide for the game is now available.

The fixture is an 8pm kick-off on Friday 8th December at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

Tickets for the game still available, both in advance and on the day.

With a crowd of around 27,000 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.

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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 in the Superstore at the Coventry Building Society Arena (South-West corner), from 9:30am until 5:30pm and then from 5:30pm to kick-off in the Matchday Ticket Office in the South-East corner. This is cashless, with card and contactless payment available. 

Sky Blues fans can buy at Cash Turnstiles 30–35 from 6:30pm for home fans only. There is no matchday price increase. Please be mindful that if you arrive at cash turnstiles in the final 30 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.

All Season Ticket holders, Premier League Package holders and Premium Membership holders cards have been dispatched.

If you have not received your Season Ticket card in the post, please contact ticketoffice@ccfc.co.uk 

The Ticket Office can arrange for any fans whose Season Card has not arrived to instead be sent an e-ticket via e-mail for this game to ensure they have access.

If you have lost your Card, please visit the Ticket Office to gain access to the game. 

Half Season Tickets are now available to buy, but are not active for this game.

Any pre-purchased ticket collections and queries for Sky Blues fans can be made at the Ticket Office.

If your Season Ticket or match ticket has not arrived or been lost, please visit the Ticket Office. 

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

The new Superstore will be open from 9:30am until kick-off. The Superstore will NOT be open post-match on Friday night

The new Superstore is still cashless and is located in the South-West corner of the Arena.

Home, Away, Third and Goalkeeper kits are available in the Superstore as well as Trainingwear and Travelwear - plus a range of new items including mugs, footballs, books... take a look at some of our new products here.

Elsewhere, the new retail kiosk is also open in the middle of the East Stand as well!

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Turnstiles open at 6pm - 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 8pm (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 Friday night.

You are also advised to have your Season Card or Match Ticket ready to be scanned as you approach the turnstile - this speeds up entry for all supporters. 

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 also sold-out for Arena Park. 

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 and the A444 closed post-match to allow spectators to exit the Arena site safely.

For queries regarding on-site car parking, including disabled parking, please contact cbsarena@apcoa.com

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:

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

 

Christmas Party Event

Fans are advised that a Christmas Party night, arranged prior to the fixture being chosen for Sky Sports, is taking place in the Exhibition Hall at the Arena. This will mean higher footfall and vehicle traffic around 6pm – 7pm when party attendees will be arriving.

Anyone with Seasonal Bookings that have been displaced from have already been contacted directly. Please look out for an email from Christopher O'Toole, car parking manager at the Arena, or APCOA/Coventry City for specific parking changes on their booking. Anyone not in receipt of an email is not affected. 

There is an ASLEF an overtime ban between 1st – 9th December.

This will directly impact Friday’s fixture, with no West Midlands Trains services running to Coventry.

Rail replacement services will be in place between Leamington Spa - Nuneaton, however there will be no direct service from Birmingham, rail replacement services will have limited capacity and will not stop at Coventry Arena before or after the match.

Supporters should be advised to make alternative travel arrangements, but those wishing to travel via rail replacement buses should also be advised to check on the day for further changes or cancellations.

For live updates and travel info, fans are advised to visit wmr.uk/plan

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 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 6pm on the East Stand road - this will include, food, drink and music to entertain fans
  • Anecdote will open at 11am
  • Warm up for one hour from opening in Hospitality, with reduced price drinks 
  • 30 minute warm up from 6pm to 6:30pm on the concourse, with reduced price drinks

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  • 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 Matchday Programme will also be available to purchase from kiosks - in the home end, this will be at kiosks 1 (West Stand), 3, 4, 5 (North Stand), 10, 11, 12 (East Stand) and 15 (Singers Corner). 

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! For info visit www.skybluetavern.com

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 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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Midfielder Ben Sheaf is the cover star and main interview in Friday night's programme versus Birmingham City.

The matchday programme is now available online for Friday night's, while you will also be able to buy around the ground too - including in the Superstore and at concourse kiosks.

Sheaf talks about his season so far in the interview, including his form and being awarded the Captain's armband in recent matches.

We also hear from Manager Mark Robins and Captain Liam Kelly in their regular columns, plus Chief Executive Dave Boddy following news that he has decided to leave the Sky Blues at the end of January.
 
We also speak to Fabio Tavares after the striker returned to action with the Under 21s last week, while Sky Blues in the Community and Coventry City Women and Girls FC have the latest news and information about their range of activities.
 
Friday's game see us supporting the 16 Days of Action campaign, highlighting the issue of domestic abuse. In the programme there is information about the campaign and the 'Safe to Talk' help that is available, with the White Ribbon displayed on the front of the programme too.
 
Regular feature 'He's One Of Our Own' profiles Gary McSheffrey, who starred for both of Friday's sides, while 'On This Day' looks back at Friday's date in the history of Coventry City.
 
Jim Brown continues his Sky Blue Story with a look back 50 years at the 1973/74 season - plus there's lot more to read and see in our matchday programme!
 

BUY YOUR PROGRAMME:

Fans will again be able to purchase their new-look programme for £3.50 from cashless food and drink kiosks around the ground, as well as from the Club Shop too plus the new East Stand concourse retail kiosk - all vastly increasing the purchasing options for supporters.

The programme will be available at the following kiosks: 1 (West Stand), 3, 4, 5 (North Stand), 10, 11, 12 (East Stand) and 15 (Singers Corner). 
 
Fans will also be able to purchase outside the ground too (cash only), which is where the JSB programme vouchers will be accepted.
 
 
 

There are no Family Zone activities for night matches - the Family Zone will be back for the home game versus Sheffield Wednesday on Boxing Day.

The deadline for celebration messages for the game is Thursday at 5pm – 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 Monday 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. 

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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 - due to live Sky Sports coverage, it is also unavailable in a number of international locations. Please check your local listings for coverage details.

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 6pm - this includes a range of food, drink and music for fans to enjoy pre-match. This will close at 7:30pm to enable fans to get into the Arena in good time before kick-off. 

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The road closure will be installed ahead of the final whistle to ensure the safe egress of pedestrian traffic from the Coventry Building Society Arena – there will be no impact on pre-match travel.

This post-match closure is installed for the safety of all and once it is deemed safe to do so, the closure will be lifted.

Vehicles in Car Park C will not be held back but will only be allowed to exit right towards Coventry City Centre and should then follow the diversion route put in place if heading towards the M6.

Once the closure is lifted, Car Parks A and D will be released first to ensure minimal disruption.

The closure is in place from A444 Holbrook Way to the M6 Junction 3, with exit only allowed from Car Park C and Arena Shopping Park Southbound towards Coventry City Centre.

Supporters leaving the Arena are still urged to use the correct crossing areas, however there will not be traffic on the road while the road closure is in place.

Road closures have been successfully in place for a number of concerts at the Arena and the Arena will work to ensure that this one, the first for a Sky Blues game, is also successful and safe.

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


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