With a population of more than 300,000, Coventry is one of the largest cities in Britain and has a cultural history to match. Made famous by the legendary tale of Lady Godiva, the city’s central position in England has helped it become a considerable tourist attraction. Its most famous landmark is St Michael’s Cathedral, which was badly damaged during the Second World War, prompting a new cathedral to be built alongside the ruins in the 1960s.
As well as the cathedral, the city has several museums and art galleries, including the world’s largest display of British road transport. Modern theatres and arenas can also be found in Coventry and have played host to many famous names from the world of entertainment. With developments continuing all the time, Coventry is becoming a truly modern city and excellent transport links will help to ensure its success as a host venue.
City of Coventry Stadium
The main football club in the area is Coventry City, who play their home games at the City of Coventry Stadium. The club was formed in 1883 and were founder members of the Premier League in 1992. The team currently plays in League One having been relegated from the top flight in 2001 and from the Championship in 2012. Attendances have remained admirably high since City’s relegation and around 15,000 fans can be found at the stadium on match-days.
The club’s sole major trophy was the FA Cup, which was won in 1987 in what has been acknowledged as one of the greatest finals of all time against Tottenham Hotspur. City’s geographical rivals are Aston Villa, Birmingham City and Leicester City. Famous ex-players include Robbie Keane, Gary McAllister and Craig Bellamy. The Sky Blues - so called for their bright kit - moved to the current stadium from Highfield Road in 2005.