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NEWS: Matchday Guide vs Middlesbrough

12 May 2023

Club News

NEWS: Matchday Guide vs Middlesbrough

12 May 2023

Coventry City host Middlesbrough in the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Semi-Final on Sunday, with the matchday guide for the game now available.

The fixture is a Midday kick-off on Sunday 14th May at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

There is now very limited ticket availability for the game, including general admission and hospitality. Tickets are available at 

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

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

Tickets will NOT be available to buy on the day, in either general admission or hospitality. As of 10am on Friday 12th May, there is very limited ticket availability. 

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 relating to general admission tickets, please visit the Ticket Office from 9:30am.
For all queries on the day relating to hospitality tickets, please visit VIP Collection from 9:30am.

Any pre-purchased General Admission 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 or e-ticket has not arrived, please visit the Ticket Office. 

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

Please note that the Ticket Office will be busier than usual on Sunday, so please allow additional time.

For queries ahead of matchday, please email or click here


For Hospitality tickets, for collections or queries, please visit the VIP Collection Window from 9:30am on Sunday. 

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 10am - 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 Midday (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 Sunday due to the bumper attendance. 

You are also advised to have your Season Ticket, e-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 with supporters.

On-site car parking is now sold-out.

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

Off-site car parking is available to book -  just click here. 

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M6 Northbound Closure – Junction 4 to Junction 6

  • A full closure of the M6 northbound carriageway and associated north facing arms of the M42 at Junction 7 and Junction 8 will occur on Saturday 13 May from 9pm to 6am on Monday 15 May.
  • Diversion routes are expected to be very busy, if you are able to avoid driving through this area, please do so and consider taking a wider alternative route.
  • There is the option to use the M6 Toll as an alternative for the duration of this closure.
  • M6 southbound journeys are not affected.
  • Further information can be found on the National Highways

West Midlands Trains will provide their usual hourly service, with an extra carriage to ensure all services operate with 3 carriages on Sunday.

More information and booking details about trains throughout the country can be found 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 Sunday's game from 10am, available pre-match and at half-time.


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


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 8am on Sunday - 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 Sunday too from 8am 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 2022/23 squad photo, an interview with Manager Mark Robins - 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.

Unfortunately there is no Family Zone at Sunday's game

The deadline for celebration messages for the game was 5pm on Thursday 11th May – 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 Blocks 7, 8 and 9. 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 live on Sky Sports - it is not available to watch on iFollow in the UK

The match is not available on iFollow overseas, except in areas not covered by the EFL's broadcast agreements - 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. 

Coventry City are reminding fans not to enter the pitch before, during or after Sunday's Play-Off Semi-Final against Middlesbrough 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.

More information can be seen here. 

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.

Here is the seating plan for Sunday's game:


For this match, we have reduced the away allocation to only 2000 tickets in 7, 8 and 9 in line with EFL regulations for Play-offs, - this has meant we have been able to open blocks 11 and 12 for home supporters, and have as many Sky Blues fans as we are able to at the game. 

The configuration of the concourse area in the South Stand is also not appropriate for any more supporters than we have currently in this area, due to the size of area once the shutters are down and also the kiosk/toilet facilities.

When discussing the then-potential fixture a number of weeks ago, agreement was made with the stadium safety team that we could only make this available, or let supporters know about this, once other areas were sold out.

We have been required by the stadium's safety team to keep the Jimmy Hill flag in Block 13, to stop migration by fans from the East Stand into the South Stand in the stadium bowl.

Segregation between home and away fans is maintained in Blocks 6 and 10, with this being significantly reduced compared to previous league matches this season. 

In taking this approach, we have managed to achieve more tickets for sale in the home areas for Sky Blues, but reduce the overall capacity for this games as opposed to the recent home League fixture with Birmingham City.

We want to make clear that our aim as a Club is always to have as many Sky Blues fan in the Arena as possible supporting the team and we always strive to do this - however, we are required to do this by working with the stadium safety team and its safety officer, plus the Safety Advisory Group and in adherence to the safety certificate of the stadium. 



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