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About Ricoh Arena

Set within a site covering more than 40 acres, the Ricoh Arena is unlike any other venue of its kind in the UK.

Versatile, Memorable, Unique.

With its state-of-the-art conference, banqueting, exhibition, hotel and sports facilities, the multi-purpose complex has already won awards for its design.

Based within a two hour drive for 75 per cent of the population of England, it is yards from junction three of the M6 and is near an international airport and major railway stations.

The Ricoh Arena is run and managed by Arena Coventry Ltd, a joint venture company consisting of Coventry City Council and the Alan Edward Higgs Charity.

It is a venue that has acted as a catalyst for regeneration in the north of the city and forms an important part of the city council’s bigger plan to rejuvenate the entire area.

The Alan Edward Higgs Charity is a charitable foundation that helps benefit the people of Coventry and Warwickshire through grant-making activities and makes an enormous difference to the lives of many people.


As well as delivering a unique package, the Ricoh Arena is also distinctive in the way it works with numerous partners such as Coventry City Council, the Alan Edward Higgs Charity and the European Regional Development Fund. In addition to this the Ricoh Arena partners with some of the UK’s leading companies such as Ricoh, Lloydspharmacy, Coventry Telegraph, Jaguar, E.ON and Yorkshire Bank as well as tenants Coventry City Football Club, Coventry Sports Trust and G Casino.

In 2003, Laing O’Rourke, the company which built the Millennium Stadium and the City of Manchester Stadium, was appointed the preferred contractor to build the impressive development.

Work started in January 2004 and the Ricoh Arena opened for the first time on August 20, 2005.