2012 London Olympics City Of Coventry Stadium Venue

2012 London Olympics City of Coventry Stadium


Full name The Ricoh Arena
Location Phoenix Way, Rowleys Green, Coventry,England CV6 6GE
Coordinates 52°26′53″N 1°29′44″WCoordinates: 52°26′53″N 1°29′44″W
Built 2005
Opened 2005
Owner Coventry City Council / The Alan Edward Higgs Charity
Operator Coventry City F.C.
Surface Grass
Construction cost £113 million
Architect The Miller Partnership
Capacity 32,609
Field dimensions 105 x 68 m

2012 London Olympics City of Coventry Stadium Key Facts

Sport: Football
Capacity: 32,500

Coventry is the 9th largest country in England. It is situated in the country of West Midlands. It is considered to be the home for the Coventry City football club which is worshipped by many in the country. The official sport which is played in this country is Football. It has gained huge recognition in the recent past in being one of the stadiums for London 2012. This stadium is a recently built stadium which was in 2005. It is the home ground of club Coventry City who are the current champions of the English Football League Championship.
It has recently been confirmed as the live site for the London 2012. There are rumors that a big screen will be projected at the Coventry Transport Museum to telecast the games. A huge crowd is expected to witness the event from the big screen. The football matches of London 2012 will be hosted at this venue. There are 12 league matches which are scheduled at this venue including the bronze match for Women’s football. The preparation for the London 2012 games had started long time back. This stadium is also known as Richo Arena.

City of Coventry Stadium History

Coventry City has been a fan of the sport since a long time. The city was into the sport since the 19th century. It is regarded as one of the first members to initiate the Premier League which was in 1992. The home team presently plays for Football League Championship. The Coventry City stadium was built in 2005 and ever since it was the official home ground for the football club of Coventry City. They are the champions of last season and seem like they will hold on to it for some time.
The stadiums which have been the home ground of the Coventry City club prior to the new stadium were –

  • Dowells Field
  • Stoke Road
  • Highfield Road
  • Richo Arena

Highfield Road is regarded as the longest stadium to act as the home ground of the Coventry City club. It was named as the home ground of the club in the year 1899 and was stripped of the tag in 2005 when Richo Arena took over. There are many memories which are attached to this ground in the long tenure of 106 years of its legacy.

City of Coventry Stadium in London 2012

For the London 2012 games, Coventry City stadium was selected as one of the venue for the football matches considering its reputation of hosting matches at the elite level. The ground has a capacity of 32, 609. With this number of spectators in the stadium it creates an electrifying atmosphere. There have been some very special moments for the Coventry City club in this stadium which will be relished for a long time. One of the legendary players of the club Jimmy Hill is going to be felicitated by installing a statue of him in the main entrance of the stadium. After the games are completed, it is going to go back to host the football matches of the English Football League.