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NEWS: Matchday Guide vs Maidstone United

25 February 2024

Club News

NEWS: Matchday Guide vs Maidstone United

25 February 2024

Coventry City host Maidstone United on Monday night in the FA Cup Fifth Round and the Matchday Guide for the game is now available.

The game is a 7:45pm kick-off on Monday 26th Febuary in the Emirates FA Cup, as the sides compete for a place in the Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final.

Tickets for the game are still available, with a crowd of around 26,000 expected for the match.

Tickets will be available on the night for Sky Blues fans for the match from the Matchday Ticket Office - Cash Turnstiles are not open. Fans must have a previous CCFC purchase history to buy a ticket for this game.

The Matchday Guide can be seen on the links below…

Fans are urged to plan their journey, arrive early and have their ticket ready as they enter the turnstiles. 

Please ensure you sit in the seat stated on your ticket.

Fans are advised that there will NOT be a post-match closure of the A444/Jimmy Hill Way at this game.

Tickets will be available to buy for Sky Blues fans 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. 

There is no matchday price increase.

Cash Turnstiles are not open for this match.

Any supporter buying for this game must have a previous purchase history.

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.

This game is NOT included in your Season Ticket.

This match is not included in Season Tickets - you need to buy a match ticket for this game. 

E-Tickets can be used on phones or printed off – please see guidance for using them below:

Tickets on phones: Open the PDF containing your ticket, enlarge the barcode and ensure brightness on your screen is turned all the way up - then put your phone into the reader. If you are planning to use your phone to scan your ticket, please make sure it is charged!

Printed tickets: Enter your printed ticket folded into the read – to help speed up entry, fold your ticket ahead of getting to the turnstile.

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

If your match ticket or e-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 Superstore will be open from 9:30am until kick-off - it will NOT be open post-match for this game.

The 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... and more!

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

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Turnstiles open at 6:15pm - 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 7:45pm (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 Monday night - we recommend entering turnstiles at 7:15pm.

You are also advised to have your Season Card, e-ticket 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.

However, if you can avoid bringing a bag then please do - this helps speed up the entry process.

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 for Arena Park - to book now, click here.

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. 

SEASONAL PARKING

Seasonal parking does not include cup fixtures. You can book on-site parking for this fixture via www.cbsarenaparking.co.uk

Coventry Arena train station is open and running as per the published schedule - there is no additonal matchday provision and capacity is limited, so bear this in mind when planning your journey to and from the game. 

To view the train timetable, click here

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. 

  • 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 6:15pm to 6:45pm on the concourse, with reduced price drinks

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  • New beers on the concourse including 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
  • Food on the concourse include 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 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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Coventry City captain Liam Kelly fronts Monday night's matchday programme as the Sky Blues face Maidstone United in the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round.

Kelly looks ahead to Monday night's FA Cup tie and also reflects his own Cup history, both in Scotland's League Cup and the English FA Cup, plus his two trips to Wembley with the Sky Blues in two Play-Off Finals. The long-serving midfielder is also our poster in the middle of the matchday programme too.

Elsewhere, we also hear from Manager Mark Robins and take a look back at our recent history at this stage of the competition in a 60-page FA Cup special edition of PUSB. 

With Maidstone the visitors, we look at the history of the Stones, their progress in the FA Cup this year, plus their key players, squad and manager too.

There's also a preview of this round of the FA Cup, as 16 teams go head-to-head in a midweek round of fixtures.

This is our Level Playing Field 'Unite for Access' fixture, and inside the programme we will be profiling the new Disabled Supporters Association.

Sky Blues in the Community and Coventry City Women and Girls FC have the latest news and information about their range of activities.

'On This Day' looks back at the date in the history of Coventry City, there's information about the ongoing fundraising for the George Curtis and John Sillett statue - plus there's lot more to read in our FA Cup Fifth Round matchday programme!

 

BUY YOUR PROGRAMME:

Fans will again be able to purchase their programme for £3.50 from cashless food and drink kiosks around the ground, as well as from the Club Shop too plus the East Stand concourse retail kiosk.

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.

You can also buy online now - click here

There are no Family Zone activities for night matches - it is scheduld to return for our game against Hull City on Saturday 16th March.

The deadline for celebration messages for the game has passed – we can no longer accept any further requests after this time unfortunately due to production timelines. Further information

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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As this is an FA Cup fixture, the match is not available to watch on iFollow in the UK or overseas. The game is however live on ITV 4 in the UK.

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, including regarding the recent games against Southampton and Birmingham City, 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 7:15pm to enable fans to get into the Arena in good time before kick-off. 

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There will NOT be a road closure of the A444/Jimmy Hill Way after the game.

However, Coventry City and the Coventry Building Society Arena are still reiterating advice to supporters to take greater care when crossing the A444 Jimmy Hill Way following home games.

We appreciate that the volume of supporters crossing in this area has increased and fans should use safe crossing points for the road:

  • Using the light controlled crossing near the roundabout for A444/Winding House Lane
  • Using the footbridge (overpass) over the A444, which goes to Car Park C or the other side of the A444
  • Using the underpass at the other end of Car Park B/C, and then walking back towards Winding House Lane/Hen Lane along the pedestrian footpath

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While stewards are in place to manage the exit of supporters and will continue to urge supporters not to take risks when crossing the road, we urge supporters to adhere to our advice and put safety first when leaving matches – this includes not walking on roads and not moving/going over barriers, which are in place for supporter safety.

Coventry City will show their support for the Level Playing Field ‘Unite For Access’ campaign at this Monday’s tie against Maidstone United, when we will be underlining our support for the campaign and for improving access for disabled supporters.

The Level Playing Field 'Unite For Access' campaign is an annual period of inspiration and celebration of good access and inclusion at sports venues. The 2024 campaign will run from Saturday 24th February to Sunday 10th March.

Sky Blues stars were on hand earlier this month to meet members of the Club’s new Disabled Supporters Association, ahead of the Unite For Access campaign period. Established in partnership with the Football Club and Level Playing Field, the purpose of the Association is to represent the views of disabled fans throughout the Club.

While not a Supporters Club, the new DSA will work in partnership with the Club and Level Playing Field to improve the matchday experience for all disabled supporters and help forge better relationships and ongoing communication between the Sky Blues and disabled fans.

To follow the group on X (formerly known as Twitter) click here or search for @SkyBluesDSA

The Club will be profiling the DSA in our programme versus Maidstone, as well as showing its support for the campaign on the scoreboard and tannoy and throughout matchday.

Here at Coventry City, we are working to improve the matchday experience and access for our disabled supporters – both wheelchair and ambulant disabled fans.

The Sky Blues have taken a number of steps forward to already improve the experience for disabled fans in recent years – including running Disabled Supporters Forums, improving the ticket purchasing experience and establishing the Sensory Room, while Sky Blues in the Community run a number of projects and programmes that engage with disabled fans and members of our local area.

Owner and Executive Chairman Doug King said:

“As a Club, we believe that all people should be able to attend live sports, regardless of disability.

“We are committed to making Coventry City accessible to all, and will continue to work hard to continue to improve the matchday experience for these supporters.”

Fans can see more information about the ‘Unite For Access’ campaign and Level Playing Field by visiting https://www.levelplayingfield.org.uk

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


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