Coventry Arena

Judds Lane, Coventry

About Coventry Arena

Since officially opening in 2005, Coventry Arena has become a world class destination. The main stadium can accommodate more than 32,500 spectators, with the capacity rising to 40,000 for music events, and is also home to Premiership Rugby Team Wasps and Coventry City FC.

The Coventry Arena has witnessed some unforgettable sporting moments – from Coventry-born Andy Goode setting an Aviva Premiership Rugby record, with the most points scored in a single match – to Wasps recording their biggest ever win in the Champions Cup. Its record attendance to a sporting event was in 2015 with 32,019 Wasps and Leicester Tigers fans showing their support in the local derby. It is one of the country's leading conference and exhibition destinations, having won numerous national awards.

The future for Coventry Arena is exciting with multi-million pound investment support from the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) through the Government’s Getting Building Fund Local Growth Fund and Growing Places Fund, transforming major areas of the arena and establishing growth for years to come.

Accessibility: Internally the venue has step free access. Externally there are some changes in level with ramped access round the building. There is will also be an accessible golf buggy service running to assist with the changes in gradient and distances across the site.

There will be a range of existing accessible facilities and temporary facilities, such as a changing places toilet.

Arrive Early: Coventry Arena opens 1.5 hours before the session start time. Please note there is no parking at or near the venue, except for limited blue badge parking which must be pre-booked.

Coventry Arena Venue Map

Plan your Journey

Use the Games Journey Planner to map your route to the Games. Enter your starting location, and start typing the name of your Games Venue, select your Games session. The Journey Planner will recommend a personalised travel plan, and the carbon impact of each option.

For accessible shuttle buses or to book blue badge parking select the Blue Badge or Accessible Shuttles option and edit your date and proposed arrival time.

The taxi icon shows taxi ranks near each of the Games venues. The wheelchair icon shows the location of blue badge parking locations, please be aware that these are limited and need to be pre-booked. The bicycle icon shows the locations where West Midlands Cycle Hire docking stations are available.

Getting to Coventry Arena

Travel Guidance Travel
  • Take the Bus

    Coventry Arena is well connected to all areas of the wider Coventry area via local bus routes. Local bus travel is inclusive for those with an event ticket.

    The nearest bus stops to the venue are located at Coventry Arena Retail Park, a 10 minute walk to the venue. Additional information is available here.

    Please check the Games Journey Planner for more detail on the best bus route to get to the venue. We aim to ensure all bus services are fully accessible and there will be assistance available for those requiring it.

  • Taxi and Private Hire

    There are no drop off or pick up points directly outside the venue. The closest private hire taxi drop off and pick up location is the Coventry Arena Retail Park about five minutes' walk from the arena.

What to expect

Coventry Arena will host both wrestling and judo during the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Wrestling is a sport of technique, balance, strength and determination. Split into six weight categories each for men and women, athletes will use grapples, holds, throws and pins to control the contest, score points and ultimately defeat their opponent.

Judo is a martial art in which opponents face each other in single combat in a tournament of elimination. Balance, mental focus and tactics meet technique, agility and leverage in this frenetic display of explosive throws.

Each fight is up to four minutes long but judo is all about achieving maximum efficiency through minimum effort so the competing judokas will be aiming for ippon which immediately finishes the contest.

There are seven different judo weight categories for men and women to compete in at Birmingham 2022.

In addition to the sport there will be plenty to see and do at the Coventry Arena. You can ‘Have a Go’ at the sport you are watching and maybe even meet an athlete or Perry the Bull, Birmingham 2022’s official mascot.

About the area - What to do and where to stay

There are so many things for visitors to Coventry to do in the city. From music, theatre, and festivals, to museums, cathedrals and medieval history, the city has something for everyone. Home to rich history, ancient legends and an abundance of unique arts and culture, Coventry is currently the UK City of Culture, in addition to welcoming the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth GamesInternational Children’s Games and Rugby League World Cup, so it is a very exciting year for the city.

Coventry is just 25 minutes from Birmingham and with great transport links to surrounding areas, its central location makes the city an ideal destination to visit.  

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