This game will begin at a very unusual time—3 p.m. on a Saturday. What’s the deal with that? Maybe we aren’t that renowned after all—Sky TV rejected to reschedule our trip to Coventry City, preferring to air the local derby in East Anglia.

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As part of the government’s strict planning laws, they needed to draw up a Green Travel Plan, which aimed to ensure that 75 per cent of all people at major events get to the CBS Arena by means other than car. There are six bus routes running to the CBS, with further details here .

 

Coventry railway station is about three and half miles away from the stadium, on the opposite side of the city centre from the bus station, and for ideas of how to move on from there, see the link above. Since we last visited a new ‘Coventry Arena’ station opened right next to the stadium on the line to Nuneaton, but on Saturday it will be served by nothing better than an hourly rail replacement bus service, which may not be fun.

 

The Longford Engine is now the official away supporters pub, and you’ll find it at 270 Bedworth Road in Longford (CV6 6BP). But Real Ale lovers might prefer Byatts Brewery, which is a 20 minute walk from the away end at Lythalls Lane Unit 10 (CV6 6FL).

 

Our allocation for this game is 2,529 places in the South Stand, out of a total capacity of 32,753. In the past Coventry gave us a couple of extra blocks of seats, amounting to 6,200 tickets in total, but as they’re having such a good season they’re keen to save space for their own fans this time. With the two clubs having failed to agree on a reciprocal deal, the tickets cost £37 for adults and £25-£32 for concessions.

 

Inevitably, our allocation has long since sold out. A far as home ticket sales are concerned, the official Coventry website tells me “it is a Category A fixture, with another bumper crowd expected”. They don’t seem to have sold out yet, but closer inspection (in the interests of research) tells me that “This event is only available to members”.

 

The angle of the South Stand is quite steep and it’s quite a long way back from the pitch, so it’s quite difficult to see the action at the other end. The legroom is quite good, and the stadium has good acoustics, which makes for a good atmosphere. Behind the stands there are spacious concourses and a number of food and drink outlets serving exciting things like loaded fries and hot dogs with peppers on, as well as the usual football ground scram.

 

One downside at the CBS is that the stewards have been known to be rather heavy-handed in, and quite a few fans have been ejected for ‘persistent standing’. Which should be fun when we are the visitors. Coventry are reported to be consulting with their fans about the possibility of providing a safe standing area, so perhaps in the future we will be able to stand up officially, instead of unofficially as we always do at away games anyway.

 

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