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NEWS: Matchday Guide vs QPR

3 May 2024

Club News

NEWS: Matchday Guide vs QPR

3 May 2024

Coventry City host Queens Park Rangers on the final day of the season, and the Matchday Guide for the game is now available.

The game is an 12:30pm kick-off on Saturday 4th May at the Coventry Building Society Arena on what is also our annual Legends Day fixture. 

A crowd of around 29,000 is expected.

The Matchday Guide can be seen on the links below…

You can see ticket information for the game here, with tickets available in advance and on the day for Sky Blues supporters. Please note that there will not be Cash Turnstiles for this game. 

Fans are urged to plan their journey, arrive early and have their ticket ready on entry. Turnstiles open at 10:30am.

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 from 9:30am to kick-off (12:30pm) 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.

There will be no Cash Turnstiles for this game.

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.

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Due to the sold out away allocation, fans buying for home areas will need a previous purchase history.

If you have lost your Card, please visit the Ticket Office who can provide a match ticket for you to gain access to the game. 

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

If your Season Ticket or match ticket has not arrived or been lost, please visit the Matchday 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 be open post-match until 5:30pm 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 more, including our latest retro items! 

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

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Turnstiles open at 10:30am. The advised turnstile for entry is shown on your ticket, but you can use any other turnstiles if you wish to avoid any queues - except for in the South Stand, which is not connected to the other Stands. 

We will be continuing to trial the improved queue barrier systems, to help deal with ingress density/flow during our busy period prior to kick off. We will be advising fans on the ground with effective stewarding/loud halers. This has proved effective so far and we thank fans for their co-operation. 

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).

Fans are advised to arrive early, with a crowd of 29,000 expected.

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 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. 

Parking elsewhere

When parking elsewhere supporters are asked to respect local residents and their access, and any parking restrictions that are in place.

Rail engineering work is taking place between Rugby and Birmingham New Street closing the line between Coventry Rail Station and Birmingham International Station. A rail replacement bus service is in operation.   

The Leamington to Nuneaton line is running as normal, with services stopping at Coventry Arena. Please visit West Midland Trains   

What should you do? 

  • Please plan ahead and leave more time for your journey, as your journey will take longer with rail replacement services. 
  • Regular express bus services might be an option. Please see our JourneyPlanner 

For latest information please follow us @transportforWM or visit National Rail

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 on the East Stand road from 10am - 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 from 10:30am to 11am 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 on matchday 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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Matchday Programme PUSB is now available for our Legends Day fixture, Saturday's final game of the season when the Sky Blues face Queens Park Rangers.

It has a special Legends Day front cover, featuring six of the former players who are joining us on Saturday. 

Based on a design used in the 1983/84 campaign, which was the Club's centenary season, it is now used again at the end of our 140th anniversary season.

Inside, we feature profiles of the former players who are joining us on Saturday - with a range of names from past set to be at the Arena for the lunchtime kick-off versus QPR. 
 

Manager Mark Robins writes his regular programme column, looking back at the 2023/24 season, as does captain Liam Kelly. We also have some of the best photos of the season and a review of the campaign in stats. 

There's profiles of the key men for QPR, plus their manager, recent form and more.

Sky Blues in the Community talk about their new strategy launch and Coventry City Women and Girls FC review another successful season. We also hear from the Former Players Association on a big day for them!

There is also the latest news from our Academy, including the Under 21s and Under 18s sides.

The final 'He's One Of Our Own' feature profiles George Thomas, while 'On This Day' looks back at Saturday's date in the proud history of Coventry City.
 
Jim Brown concludes his Sky Blue Story look at the 1973/74 season - plus there's lot more to read in our 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 food/drink 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.

 

Coventry City’s Family Zone activities take place for the final time this season when the Sky Blues face Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

The Family Zone activities will be taking place from 10:30am to 11:45am on Saturday 4th May for the Championship fixture at the Coventry Building Society Arena (12:30pm KO).

The Family Zone is held under the 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 for our young Sky Blues supporters to take part in before the fixture against QPR.

This week there is a free to enter Mascot Quiz, with the chance to win a football that has been signed by the Sky Blues squad! There are also two classic goalkeeper shirts to win as well!

The tuck shop is back – this is cash only – while there are also a range of table games to take part in as well.

The dug out draw will be drawn at 11.40am, giving the winners the opportunity to watch the Sky Blues warm up from the unique position of pitch side - with this sponsored by the CCFC London Supporters Club 

We have got even more programmes from the past for you to grab for FREE as well –they are expected to be grabbed quickly, so make sure you grab yours!

Everyone’s favourite mascot Sam will be in attendance too, so make sure you get your high fives and photos with him pre-match, plus he will also be in the Zone handing out first time fan certificates as well.

Replies from letters previously sent in Sky Blue Sam's post box will be available to collect.

This is the last chance for fans to register their attendance at the Family Zone this season and will be able to get rewards for coming to the Family Zone regularly – the latest batch of player pictures is ready to give out for those with reward booklets!

So make sure you visit the Family Zone before you head into the Arena on Saturday against Queens Park Rangers from 10:30am to 11:45am and join in the fun pre-match ahead of our final game of the season – 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

Coventry City would like thank everyone who has visited the Family Zone this season and all of the volunteers!

The deadline for celebration messages for the game has now 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 matchday 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. 

The match is available on iFollow overseas.

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 pre-match 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 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.

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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.

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

Sky Blues supporters will be able to bring their flags from the FA Cup Semi-Final to the game if they wish to do so.

The Sky Blues squad appreciate the support of fans who arrive early to greet them at the players entrance of the Coventry Building Society Arena.

Barriers are in place to ensure that players are able to enter the Arena in a safe and timely manner, while giving fans the opportunity to see the players.

Due the matchday schedule of players and pre-match preparation, we cannot guarantee that players are able to stop for photos or autographs - we appreciate your understanding and co-operation.

It has been an exhilarating season for the Sky Blues, which saw the side reach the Emirates FA Cup Semi-Final and included superb home wins over Leicester City, Leeds and others, plus memorable away victories at Wolves, and Sunderland plus elsewhere. There have been a record 19,500 Season Ticket holders and a significant increase in attendances.

As the season concludes, the Sky Blues players and staff will take part in a lap of appreciation following the game to thank fans for their support during the 2023/24 season.

Players, squad members and staff will assemble pitchside before starting the lap.
 

However, the players and staff will only be able to do this if supporters remain in the stands. If any fans are on the pitch, this will not be able to happen.

Supporters are also reminded not to enter the field of play at any point of Saturday’s game.

Entering the pitch is a criminal offence, and fans who do so under any circumstances face police action as well as a ban from Coventry City matches.

The Club also faces a significant fine if supporters enter the field of play.

Manager Mark Robins said:

“The support from the Sky Blue Army has been absolutely fantastic both home and away, and at Wembley in the FA Cup Semi-Final too.

“We have shared some great memories and moments together this season - this Saturday gives us all, as players, staff and the Club, an opportunity to thank our fans for their support this season.

“For that to happen, it is of course imperative that supporters do not go on the pitch at any point.

“We look forward to Saturday’s game, which is extra special as we welcome back former players for Legends Day as well, and being with our supporters one more time before thoughts turn to the 2024/25 season.” 

Coventry City’s new ‘We’ll Live and Die In These Towns’ flag will be displayed for the first time at the Coventry Building Society Arena on Saturday!

The Sky Blues face Queens Park Rangers on Saturday 4th May (12:30pm KO) as the Sky Bet Championship season concludes.

The flag, used for the first time at Wembley Stadium for the FA Cup Semi-Final, will be displayed amongst the crowd as the players emerge from the tunnel. It shows a line up of City fans plus CCFC legends, and was commissioned by the Club with Sky Blues supporting artist ‘Covcept’.

 

It will be raised from the bottom of the East Stand’s central blocks – it will stay in position in this area and will not move around the ground.

The flag will then be taken in again at the bottom of the East Stand ahead of the 12:30pm kick-off, to ensure that the view of the game is not obstructed at all for any Sky Blues supporters.

We ask that supporters follow the instructions of the stewards deploying the flag, to ensure that this is done in a safe manner as we create a fantastic spectacle at the Arena on the final day of the season.

Saturday is Coventry City's annual Legends Day!

Former players will enjoy pre-match dining and at half-time will be introduced on to the pitch at half-time.

The list spans seven decades of Coventry City history and thousands of appearances for the Club, with the current list being:

 
  • Dele Adebola
  • Dave Bennett
  • Max Biamou
  • Andy Blair
  • Dietmar Bruck
  • David Busst
  • Reice Charles-Cook
  • Paul Culpin
  • William Edjenguélé
  • Stuart Giddings
  • Ian Goodwin
  • Micky Gynn
  • Colin Holder
  • Jimmy Holmes
  • Peter Hormantschuk
  • Lee Hurst
  • Reda Johnson
  • Mick Kearns
  • Steve Morgan
  • Andy Morrell
  • Dennis Mortimer
  • Frank Nouble
  • Steve Ogrizovic
  • Norman Pilgrim
  • Barry Powell
  • Brian 'Harry' Roberts
  • Kenny Sansom
  • Richard Shaw
  • David Smith
  • Patrick Suffo
  • Bill Tedds
  • David Thompson
  • Graham Walker
  • Ian Wallace
  • John Williams
  • Quintin Young

On Saturday, the Coventry City Academy will welcome the newest crop of players joining the Under-9s for next season.

The nine new faces will be at the Coventry Building Society Arena for their unveiling and presentation ahead of the 2024/25 season - signing forms pitchside before the game, having their photo on the big screen and parading the pitch at half-time too.

They will also have a presentation in the Media Theatre from Academy staff where the youngsters will learn more about the Academy philosophy and values, and meet key personnel from our team at the Alan Higgs Centre.

Academy Manager Dan Bolas said: “We are delighted to welcome the new groups of Under 9s to our Academy. It is a fantastic achievement for these young boys to be selected to join the Academy.

“Over the years ahead, we’ll work closely with each of the players and their families in supporting their development – not only as footballers but also as young people.

“We really look forward to working with them and hope that they enjoy their day and the welcome they will receive from supporters.”

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


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