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NEWS: Matchday Guide vs Oxford United

5 January 2024

Club News

NEWS: Matchday Guide vs Oxford United

5 January 2024

Coventry City host Oxford United on Saturday in the Emirates FA Cup Third Round and the Matchday Guide for the game is now available.

The tie is a 12:30pm kick-off on Saturday 6th January at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

Sky Blues fans will be able to buy tickets on the day from the Matchday Ticket Office or Cash Turnstiles 30-35, as well as in advance.

See ticket info here.

With a crowd of around 17,500 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.

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

Sky Blues fans will be able to pay on the day at the Arena at Cash Turnstiles, or from the Matchday Ticket Office (This is 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 11am for home fans only. There is no matchday price increase, though a booking fee applies to all ticket purchased via all purchase methods.

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.

This match is not included in Season Tickets - you need to buy a match ticket for this game. Your ticket can then be uploaded to your Season Ticket card or sent to you via e-ticket.

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

If your 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 CCFC Superstore will be open from 9:30am until kick-off - it will also be open for one hour post-match too.

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 retro shirts. The Winter Sale is now on across a range of products, so make sure you head to the Superstore to pick up a bargain!

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

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Turnstiles open at 11am - 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).

Hospitality doors open at 10:30am.

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 on sale 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 to allow for our matchday fan village. 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, though services are affected by the Boxing Day Bank Holiday - you can plan your journey on the Transport for West Midlands website

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 11am on the East Stand road - this will include, food, drink and music to entertain fans
  • Anecdote will open at 10am
  • Warm up for one hour from opening in Hospitality, with reduced price drinks 
  • 30 minute warm up offer on the concourse in the first 30 minutes of turnstiles being open, 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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At the end of a week when plans for their statue were announced, Coventry City's FA Cup winning management duo George Curtis and John Sillett adorn the front cover of this week's programme. Inside, there is information about the statue campaign and how you can support - while you can also donate online here. 

Inside we hear from Manager Mark Robins about the statue appeal, recent results and Saturday's cup tie.

There's also a profile of Oxford United, their manager and their squad ahead of the Third Round encounter.

As we play our first home game of the calendar year, we also take the chance to look back on your memories of 2023 that the Sky Blue Army shared with us on social media.

There's also a look back at our last home game against Swansea City, plus the memorable New Year's Day away win at Middlesbrough.

BUY YOUR PROGRAMME:

Fans can buy this week's 36-page edition of PUSB for £2.50 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) - please note that JSB programme vouchers apply only for league games. 

 

Coventry City’s Family Zone activities take place ahead of Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup fixture against Oxford United.

The Family Zone activities will be taking place from 10:30am until 11:45am on Saturday 6th January for our Third Round tie.

The Family Zone is held under the new covers on the paved area outside the North-East corner. This means you must visit the Family Zone before you go through the turnstiles - you will not be able to go back out to the activities once you are in the Arena. This is just around the corner from the fan village area outside the East Stand - which has food, drink and music for fans too.   

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 fixture against Oxford United.

The tuck shop is back - cash only – and there are also a range of table games to take part in too.

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 grabbed quickly so make sure you beat the rush!

Sky Blue Sam's Post Box is back - giving young 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 - there is free pop and crisps for the first 100 youngsters to sign in this Saturday, with this being sponsored by Martin Coleman @mckitframes.

So make sure you visit the Family Zone before you head into the Arena on Saturday against Oxford United from 10:30am to 11:45am 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

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

You can still add your photo to the Coventry Building Society Fan Wall - just post on social media on Tuesday 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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FA Cup fixtures are not included on iFollow - there is no video or audio coverage of the game on iFollow.

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 10:30am - this includes a range of food, drink and music for fans to enjoy pre-match. This will close at Midday 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 on Boxing Day.

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 one of the 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

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.

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


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