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The Football Association is proud to announce that the Ricoh Arena, home of Coventry City FC, will be the venue for the 2011 FA Women's Cup sponsored by E.ON Final.
Last year, Everton Ladies beat Arsenal Ladies 3-2 after extra time to lift the trophy in a thrilling final at the City Ground in front of over 17,000 fans.
It is hoped the match, taking place on Saturday 21 May 2011, will attract the best ever attendance for a domestic women's game in England. A crowd of 29,092 watched England's victory against Finland at the City of Manchester Stadium in 2005 and this is still a record for a women's match in England. The Ricoh Arena has a capacity of 32,609 and this will be the first time that the FA Women's Cup Final has taken place at the stadium.
Daniel Gidney, chief executive of the Ricoh Arena, said: "We are delighted to be hosting the final of the prestigious FA Women's Cup in May.
"We have a strong track record of supporting women's football in the city since we set a new attendance record of 1,057 for the third round of the FA Women's Cup when Coventry City Ladies faced Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2006 at the Ricoh Arena.
"Coventry City Ladies are going from strength to strength following their promotion to the Premier League Northern Division this season and we believe this national final will act as a catalyst to inspire more girls and women in the region to take up one of the fastest-growing sports in the country.
"Our mission for carrying the torch for girls and women's football continues with this fantastic high profile match and is yet another milestone for the Ricoh Arena in attracting world class events which will culminate in Olympic women's and men's football matches being staged here during the summer of 2012."
The 2011 Final will be the fifth one played under the sponsorship of E.ON and forms one part of a wider partnership the energy company has with the FA. E.ON sponsor both the FA Cup and the FA Youth Cup.
Phil Boas, Head of Sponsorship and Events at E.ON said: "As a major employer in the area, we are thrilled that the Women's FA Cup Final is being staged at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. We've been supporting the women's game for five years and it is fitting for the showpiece event to be held at the venue for women's football in the 2012 Olympics."
Sue Hough, Chair of the FA Women's Committee, said: "We are very pleased to be taking this year's Final to the Ricoh Arena for the first time. The home of Coventry City FC is a fantastic stadium with brilliant facilities and a proven track record in hosting matches with the FA. We are delighted to be working with them on the 2011 Final. We hope fans, families and teams from across the region, and across the country as a whole, will help us set a new record Cup Final attendance this coming May in Coventry.
"The 2011 Final will follow the launch of the FA WSL, our brand new summer league for women's football. We also have the UEFA Women's Champions League Final at Fulham's Craven Cottage at the end of May and then our senior England Women's team will travel to Germany for the FIFA 2011 Women's World Cup in what will be a massive and exciting year ahead for women's football in this country."
In 2006, the Ricoh Arena hosted an England Men's Under-21 UEFA Championship qualifier against Germany, which England won. The Under-21s returned to the Ricoh in October 2009 and beat Macedonia 6-3 in another UEFA Championship qualifier.
Tickets go on sale for The Final today costing £5 for adults and £2.50 for children, or £10 for a family of four. A group discount (minimum 15 people with one adult per 10 children) is available at the cost of £3 for adults and £2 for children.
There is also a 'Buy One, Get One Free' offer on all adult and childrens tickets for Coventry City Football Club season ticket holders.
Tickets can be bought from the Ricoh Arena ticket hotline on 0844 873 1883 - or online at: www.ricoharena.com.
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