Coventry Bears Travel Pack by Joshua Chapman (@JRCSport)
This Sunday sees the Cougars return to action after a 23 day break following the Good Friday victory over Hunslet as they head to the Midlands to tackle the Coventry Bears at the Butts Park Arena.
Concessions: £10 (Oaps, Students & 16-18)
Children: £5 (12-16)
Under 12’s: FREE
The stadium was built in 2004 and currently has one stand. The East Stand has a capacity of 3000 and includes a number of conference and banqueting facilities. The West Stand which was a temporary structure holding 1000 was removed at the end of the 2005/06 season on grounds of Health and Safety.
Its main use is as a rugby union stadium, the home ground for Coventry R.F.C., who moved there for the start of the 2004/05 season having used the Coundon Road Stadium previously. The inaugural league match was against Nottingham on 4 September 2004, which Coventry won by 40 points to 10. It is also the home ground for the Coventry Jets American Football team.
The stadium has also hosted the International Children’s Games, the Coventry Bears rugby league team and music concerts. Most recently, the Butts has also played host to the local universities’ varsity day between Coventry and Warwick.
The ground is a fifteen minute walk from Coventry Train Station and is also a twenty minute walk away from Coventry City Centre.
WHERE TO DRINK:
For supporters on Matchday at Coventry there is the Arena Bar located at the ground which is renowned for it’s great selection of drinks and it’s friendly welcoming staff.
For those who would like to upgrade to hospitality at Coventry, The Centurion’s offers excellent viewing facilities and an enthralling match day atmosphere.
The Centurions Lounge is a private lounge bar on the top level of the Butts Park Arena. It has a panoramic view of the pitch and its own private bar. Access is strictly limited to members and authorised guests who can enjoy a fun and relaxed environment.
WHERE TO PARK:
There is limited parking available at the Arena itself, whoever, the grounds City Centre location means there is plenty of parking available in the local area. There is free parking available at the Retail Park and Morrisons opposite the stadium, however, charges do apply at the Leicester Row and SkyDome parking, which are both a short walk from the ground.
BY CAR, POSTCODE FOR THE SAT NAV: CV1 3GE
SUGGESTED ROUTE: (138 miles, 2h 35min)
Head east on Royd Ings Ave toward Alston Rd.
Turn right onto Alston Rd.
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Airevalley Rd/A650.
At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit and stay on Airevalley Rd/A650.
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Airevalley Rd/A650. Continue to follow A650.
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto B6265.
Turn left onto Cottingley New Rd/B6146. Continue to follow B6146, go through 2 roundabouts.
At the roundabout, continue straight onto Bradford Old Rd/B6269. Continue to follow B6269.
Continue onto Toller Ln/B6144.
Turn right to stay on Toller Ln/B6144.
Turn left to stay on Toller Ln/B6144. Continue to follow B6144.
Continue onto Westgate/A6181. Continue to follow A6181.
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Manchester Rd/A641.
Slight left toward Mayo Ave/A6177.
Use the left 2 lanes to turn slightly left onto Mayo Ave/A6177. Continue to follow A6167.
Use the right 2 lanes to turn slightly right onto M606 (signs for M62/M1).
Use the left lane to take the M62 (E)/A638 exit toward M1/Dewsbury/Hull/Leeds.
Keep left at the fork and merge onto M62.
Keep right at the fork to stay on M62.
Take the M1 exit toward London/Wakefield.
At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto the M1 ramp to London/Wakefield.
Merge onto M1.
Keep right to stay on M1.
At junction 21, Use the left 2 lanes to take the M69 exit to Coventry.
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto M69 heading to Birmingham/M6/Coventry.
Continue onto A46.
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto B4082.
At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Clifford Bridge Rd/B4082. Continue to follow B4082.
Keep right to continue on Brinklow Rd/B4082.
Turn right at the 1st cross street onto Binley Rd/A428.
Turn left onto Allard Way/A4082.
At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto London Rd/A4082.
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto London Rd/A4114.
At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Short St.
Use any lane to take the ramp to A45/City Centre/Ring Road/Birmingham.
Merge onto Ringway St Johns/A4053. Continue to follow A4053.
At junction 7, Use the left 2 lanes to take the B4101 exit to Earlsdon/Tile Hill.
At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Butts Rd/B4101.
Turn left. Destination will be on your right.
BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
TRAIN – 09:46 from Keighley, arriving in Shipley at 10:00.
TRAIN – 10:11 from Shipley, arriving in Leeds at 10:30.
TRAIN – 11:00 from Leeds, arriving in Birmingham New Street at 13:06.
TRAIN – 13:30 from Birmingham New Street, arriving in Coventry at 13:50.
TRAIN – 17:27 from Coventry, arriving in Birmingham New Street at 17:48.
TRAIN – 18:03 from Birmingham New Street, arriving in Leeds at 20:05.
TRAIn – 20:16 from Leeds, arriving in Keighley at 20:40.