The Coventry Building Society Arena (formerly known as the Ricoh Arena) is a multi-purpose complex that includes a 32,753 capacity stadium which is home to Coventry City F.C. and Wasps RFC, as well as a hall with a maximum capacity of 12,000 that hosts Wasps Netball.
The stadium opened in 2005, replacing Coventry City Football Club’s former home at Highfield Road which had limited opportunity to develop. The stadium’s first game was an EFL Championship match on the 20th August 2005 in which Coventry defeated Queens Park Rangers 3-0.
Following a rent dispute with the stadium’s owners in 2013, Coventry City left the stadium empty by moving temporarily to Northampton Town’s Sixfields Stadium for just over a year.
Following their return in September 2014, the stadium was sold to the rugby club, Wasps who relocated from Adams Park in High Wycombe. The newly created Wasps Netball team began playing in the Arena’s hall in 2017.
Following another rental dispute, Coventry City once again moved out in 2019. This time, they played at Birmingham City’s St Andrew’s for two seasons before returning again in 2021.
The stadium has hosted international football, with England under-21s playing a qualifier their in 2007 against Germany and in 2009 against Macedonia. 12 matches at the London 2012 Summer Olympics were also played at the stadium, including the Women’s Bronze Match in which Canada defeated France 1-0.
Even prior to Wasps move to the stadium, several Heineken Cup matches had been played there. International rugby league was played there in November 2016, with a double-header that saw England defeat Scotland and Australia defeat New Zealand.
Various sporting events have also been held at the exhibition hall. A Premier League darts event was held there in 2008 and 2009, whilst the Champion of Champions was held in the hall from 2013 to 2019. Great Britain defeated Russia 3-2 in a Davis Cup second round tie in 2013, after coming back from 2-0 down.
The Arena will host the Rugby Sevens, Wrestling and Judo events at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Tickets at Coventry Building Society Arena
Coventry City F.C. Tickets
Coventry City tickets are available to purchase online, at the ticket office at the Arena (open Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 5:30pm and also on home matchdays) or over the phone on 0333 321 31 34.
There were several categories of ticket prices for the 2021/22 season depending on the opposition aand ranged from:
- Adults: £20-£30
- Concessions: £15-£25
- Under 18s: £10-£20
- Under 16s: £5-£15
- Under 13s: £0
Wasps RFC Tickets
Wasps Rugby tickets are available to purchase online. Ticket prices for the 2021/22 season depending on the opposition and ranged from:
- Adults: £17-£60
- Seniors (65+): £16-£46
- 17 & Under: £7-£22
- 11 & Under: £2-£16
Wasps Netball Tickets
Wasps Netball tickets are available to purchase online. Ticket prices for the 22 season ranged from:
- Adults: £20 (Gold) or £15 (Silver)
- Seniors (65+): £15 (Gold) or £12 (Silver)
- 18-25: £10 (Gold) or £8 (Silver)
- Concessions: £10 (Gold) or £8 (Silver)
- Youths (11-17): £7 (Gold) or £5 (Silver)
- 11 & Under: £5 (Gold) or £3 (Silver)
Location & Travel to Coventry Building Society Arena
The Coventry Building Society Arena is located in the area of Rowley’s Green, approximately 3 miles north of Coventry City Centre.
Airport: Birmingham Airport is located approximately 11 miles west of Coventry. The Airport serves European destinations, as well as international destinations such as the Caribbean, India, Pakistan, Qatar and the UAE. There is a train station at the airport which has frequent services to Coventry.
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Bus: Several bus lines drop off at the retail park opposite the stadium, including:
- Service 3 and 3a from Fenside via the City Centre.
- Service 5 from Coventry City Centre via Holbrooks and Coundon.
Driving & Parking: The arena is located less than 1 mile south of junction 3 of the M6 motorway if travelling from the North. If travelling from the south, exit the M40 at junction 15 and follow the A444.
There are over 2,000 parking spaces at the arena, however this must be booked in advance. During the 2021-2022 season this cost £12 per match. Parking is available to book here.
Train: Coventry Arena railway station is adjacent to the stadium and sits on the Coventry to Nuneaton Line, with one train running per hour in both directions.
Coventry railway station in the city centre is well connected, with services across the country including to cities such as London, Birmingham, Manchester and Southampton. On some Wasps matchdays, there is a shuttle service from the station to the stadium.
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Hotels near Coventry Building Society Arena
The DoubleTree by Hilton Coventry Building Society Arena is built within the arena, offering 121 bedrooms in which 50 overlook the pitch. Alternatively use TripAdvisor to find some great places to stay in Coventry by clicking here.