Coventry Away Travel info
by Pam Wilkins

Coventry City Away Travel Information

For the second time in seven years Coventry City find themselves groundsharing away from the Ricoh Arena after being unable to reach an agreement with the owners of the Ricoh to remain there as tenants. So on Tuesday 11th February Pompey supporters will be heading to Birmingham City’s St Andrews Ground, known for sponsorship reasons as St Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium, Cattell Road, Birmingham B9 4RL, where the Sky Blues are playing their home matches this season.  St Andrews is in the Bordesley district of Birmingham, it has a capacity of around 30,000 all seated and Blues fans will be in the lower tier of the Gil Merrick Stand behind one goal.

Getting to St Andrews

By Road

Leave the M42 at Junction 6 and take the A45  towards Birmingham.  After about eight miles you will be on the Small Heath Highway and will reach a large roundabout, the Bordesley Circus roundabout, at a junction with the Inner Ring Road, A4540. Turn right, fourth exit, into Coventry Road, B4128, heading towards Small Heath. The ground will be a little way along on your left. 

On Saturdays Cattell Road and Coventry Road are closed to vehicles for an hour before the match and closed again after the match for forty five minutes, but our understanding is that this does not apply to Coventry evening matches. Coventry City FC will be publishing a matchday guide on their website www.ccfc.co.uk in the next few days.

After the match, from 10.00 pm , the M6 will be closed from Junctions 2 to 4. You are advised to leave the ground for the M42 via the A45 rather than follow the, very long, advertised diversion route. Traffic is likely to be very heavy.

Check @PompeyfcCop on twitter for up to date information on the day. 

Parking

There is no parking at the ground for away fans. On Cattell Road going past the ground is the Church of God and Prophecy that offers parking for £5. Birmingham Wheels car park at Adderley Road, Birmingham, B8 1AD also charges £5 per vehicle and is a short walk from the ground. Century Park Industrial Estate, Garrison lane, B9 4NZ also offers parking at £5 per car.

There is a fair amount of street parking the other side of the stadium to the main entrance.

By Train

The nearest station to St Andrews is Bordesley Station, about ten minutes walk from the ground. Trains run regularly from Birmingham Moor Street to Bordesley, a journey of fifteen minutes. 

The journey from Portsmouth to Birmingham New Street will take about three and a half hours with a change at either Winchester or southampton central.  There is continued disruption at Eastleigh Station due to necessary repairs following a train derailment, that could delay your journey. All train details can be found at www.nationalrail.co.uk.

qFrom New Street it is a signed walk of about ten minutes to Birmingham Moor Street. Alternatively, and often the cheaper option, trains run regularly from London Marylebone direct to Birmingham Moor Street, a journey of about two hours. 

Please note that it will not be possible to get back to Portsmouth by train after the match until the next morning. 

Buses

From Birmingham City Centre, the number 17,58,59 and 60 will stop right next to the ground.

Eating and Drinking

The Cricketers Arms, Bordesley, Birmingham, B9 5AX will be welcoming Pompey fans. The pub is located behind Morrisons. The bar in the Ibis Hotel, 1 Bordesley Park Road, B10 0PD, near the Bordesley Circus roundabout, serves food and will admit blues fans.

Behind the Morrisons supermarket in Coventry Road, there are several takeaways, including a Dixy Chicken and a Caspian Pizza. At the Bordesley Circus Roundabout there is a McDonalds.

If you arrive by train or have plenty of time then there are places to eat and drink in the  centre of Birmingham.

Inside the ground is the usual matchday food and drink. Alcohol is usually on sale in the ground. Please note the outlets in the concourse are cash only. The nearest cash point to the ground is in the retail park, opposite St Andrews. 

***UPDATED INFORMATION***

Road Closures

Road Closures will be in place from 7pm tonight until kick off in Coventry Road from the A45 roundabout at Bordesley Circus up to the Morrisons Supermarket/Bowling Green Road. Cattell Road will also be closed directly outside the stadium from Coventry Road up to the junction with Tilton Road which will also be closed.

Parking

Off-site car parking is available at Century Park Industrial Estate, B9 4NZ for just £5 per car. The car park is a few minutes walk from St Andrews.  Please note that, in a change to previous information,  Birmingham Wheels car park will not be open tonight.

Tickets

Blues fans can buy tickets on the gate tonight, cash only, at the cash turnstiles in the Gil Merrick Stand.

Searching

Supporters (home and away) will be subject to searching outside the turnstiles (pat downs and bag searches). Bottles/flasks are not allowed (including refillable bottles) – this is the policy for all matches at St Andrew's and there is no exception.

Full details of all information for tonight can be found on Coventry FC's website  www.ccfc.co.uk

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