Olympic transport advice
Wednesday 11 July 2012
Spectators heading to the City of Coventry Stadium for this summer’s Olympic Games have been urged to plan their journey to allow plenty of time to be in their seats for kick-off.
New transport arrangements have been put in place for the 12 football matches taking place during eight days at the only Midlands London 2012 venue.
No parking will be available at the City of Coventry Stadium's on-site car-parks and pre-booking at the park and walk sites, which costs £10 plus £2.50 booking fee, is recommended by logging on to www.london2012.com/city-of-coventry-stadium/travel
Free shuttle buses will be in operation from Coventry rail station and Pool Meadow bus station in Coventry city centre, passengers will be dropped off at Arena Park and picked up on Foleshill Road.
Anthony Mundy, facilities director at the City of Coventry Stadium, said he advised visitors to plan to arrive at their car-park two-and-a-half hours before kick-off.
"Due to the extra time needed to arrive at the venue as part of London 2012's aim for spectators to travel by public transport and the security arrangements, it is best to plan this from a timing point of view as if you are going to an airport," he said.
"There will be no parking at the stadium apart from a limited number of spaces for pre-booked Blue Badge holders but there is plenty of park and walk sites within a short walking distance as well as the free shuttle bus service from the city centre.
"Taxis and private hire vehicles will not be able to drop off their passengers on Judds Lane as usual and instead will be directed to the nearby retail park where there will be drop-off points up until two hours before kick-off and for collection one hour after the final whistle.
"Everyone entering the stadium whether they have a general admission or hospitality ticket will be searched including children as per Home Office policy and the stewards will be operating a 'pat down' policy and although this will take some time, it is for everyone's safety.
"We advise no one to bring bags, apart from small handbags, or umbrellas into the stadium.
"It is also advisable to bring cash to buy refreshments and drinks. There is a cash machine inside the G Casino but that is for over-18s only although there are plenty of cash machines at Arena Park.
"We hope that by following these travel and security guidelines it will ensure everyone has a memorable Olympic Games at the City of Coventry Stadium."
Further information, including travel, booking car-parking including spaces for Blue Badge holders, maps for the park and walk sites, drop-off and collection points and advice on planning your journey, is available from www.london2012.com/city-of-coventry-stadium/travel