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NEWS: Matchday Guide vs Watford

1 September 2023

Club News

NEWS: Matchday Guide vs Watford

1 September 2023

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

The fixture is a 3pm kick-off on Saturday 2nd September 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 24,000 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 Matchday Ticket Office (This remains in the South-East corner of the Arena).

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 1pm 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 ahead of our last home game.

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.

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 Season Ticket or match ticket has not arrived, 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 - it will also be open for one hour after the game too. 

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

Due to pre-order dispatch being prioritised, there will be no home shirts available in the Superstore until further notice.

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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. 

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 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 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. 

 

If you’re coming to our Home game on Saturday avoid train travel. A rail strike means trains will be very limited, with no services stopping at Coventry Arena Station before and after the match. Roads will be a lot busier, so allow plenty of extra time.

Fans are advised that the strike action will affect travel at Coventry Station and Arena Station.

For details please click here. 

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

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 Midday 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 1pm to 1:30pm 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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68-page Matchday Programme PUSB will be available around the ground for £3.50, and the option now to buy your copy from food/drink kiosks on the concourse too!

We speak to record breaking goalkeeper Ben Wilson about his journey with the Club and his aims for the season ahead - plus we also have the latest from around the Club, including Under 21s and Under 18s, 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.

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). 

 

Coventry City's Family Zone activities take place pre-match this Saturday when the Sky Blues host Watford at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

The Family Zone activities will be taking place from 1pm to 2:15pm this Saturday for our home game against the Hornets, with kick-off at 3pm for the Championship fixture.

The Family Zone 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 once you are in the Arena.

This will be just around the corner from the fan village area outside the East Stand - which has food, drink and music for fans, plus the Sky Blues in the Community speed shot.  

In the Family Zone, we will have a range of fun, free arts and crafts on Saturday for our young Sky Blues supporters to take part in before the big game! There’s lot of different arts and crafts options too, so youngsters can get creative!

There are also a range of table games to take part in too, including the ever-popular Subbuteo and Jenga. Our in-demand 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. 

We have got even more of the free programmes from the past for you to grab for FREE as well – but as usual, they are expected to be picked up quickly so make sure you beat the rush!

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

Everyone’s favourite mascot 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 as well!

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 before you head into the Arena on Saturday against Watford from 1pm to 2:15pm 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 – facebook.com/familyzoneccfc
  • Instagram – ccfcfamilyzone

Please note that until the permanent canopy is installed by the Club in the coming weeks, our Family Zone activities may unfortunately be affected by any inclement weather. If this is the case, any changes will be communicated as soon as possible via our social media channels.

The deadline for celebration messages for the game was 5pm on Thursday 31st 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 available to watch on iFollow overseas only.

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 Midday - this includes a range of food, drink and music for fans to enjoy pre-match, plus Sky Blues in the Community's Speed Shot!

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


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