Ricoh Arena has been owned by Wasps Group since December 2014 and is one of the UK’s most versatile venues.
Its 32,000-seater stadium bowl and adjoining indoor arena allows it to provide a unique combination of sporting events, music concerts, conferences, exhibitions, meetings and weddings.
It has built a reputation as one of the UK’s leading venues for business-related events, with more than 20,000 square metres of flexible event space across a range of lounges, meeting rooms and an adjoining 6,000 square metre indoor hall known as the Ericsson Indoor Arena.
It is also the home of Wasps Rugby Club and Wasps Netball. Wasps were European Champions twice, in 2004 and 2007; have won six English Championships including three in a row from 2003–05; and won three Anglo-Welsh Cups. They have also won the 2003 European Rugby Challenge Cup. Wasps most recent trophy is the 2008 Premiership.
Wasps Netball won the Superleague title in their first two seasons.
The Ricoh Arena has an onsite 121-bedroom DoubleTree by Hilton hotel and accompanying restaurant, as well as a G Casino – offering all of the key amenities for delegates to work, rest and play.
Technology giant Ericsson signed a ten-year deal to sponsor the venue’s indoor arena in 2016, and has supported the development and launch of the venue’s superfast Wi-Fi capabilities, while Vodafone also launched its own 5G space at the venue in October 2019 allowing businesses to experience the innovative technology and understand how it can help them.
Stephen Vaughan, Chief Executive at Wasps Group
Ricoh Arena is one of the UK’s most flexible event venues and is a jewel in Coventry’s crown, attracting more than a million visitors to the city across hundreds of events every year including live sport, music, conferences and exhibitions.
The venue is the home of Wasps Rugby and Wasps Netball, and has enviable facilities with a 32,609-seat stadium bowl, 6,000 square metre indoor arena and cutting edge 5G technology to provide immersive experiences for the events being held here.
All of us at Ricoh Arena and Wasps are gearing up to help Coventry celebrate its year in the limelight as UK City of Culture as a Regional Partner, which will include hosting a series of events during an ambitious 12-month programme of activities that are being held across the city from May 2021.
From the great community work that Wasps Rugby and Wasps Netball carry out with children and adults, we know that cultural diversity is one of the city’s strengths and we are keen to play our part in ensuring the city makes the most of this opportunity for existing and future generations.
Ricoh Arena adds to the diversity of the region, too. The beauty of having a venue at the heart of the country is that it attracts so many different types and sizes of events, which means we are meeting people from all walks of life on a daily basis – and this presents a fantastic opportunity to show the world how diverse we are as a collective community.
We will also be refocusing the eyes of the world on Coventry once more during City of Culture year when we host the Rugby League World Cup clash between Australia and Scotland in October 2021, and it’s exciting to see how we can use this platform to showcase Coventry’s cultural heritage.
The arts and culture sector plays a key role in both business and wider society. Not only does Ricoh Arena regularly host exhibitions that showcase creativity and art to thousands of enthusiasts every year, which is great economically for us and the city of Coventry, the wider sector also has an important role to play in helping communities to learn more about other cultures, too.
This is Coventry’s time to shine, and everybody at Ricoh Arena and Wasps is looking forward to working with the City of Culture Trust and other associated stakeholders to capitalise on this golden opportunity over the coming months that will no doubt leave a lasting legacy for the region and its people.