Hysteria at Coventry after Muse rehearsal inside Ricoh Arena causes false fire alarm
After a disappointing season in League One, there haven’t been too many occasions this term where Coventry have looked on fire.
But alarm was drastically raised on Monday evening when flames were seen burning from inside the club’s stadium, the Ricoh Arena.
Pictures emerged on Twitter showing the ground looking like it was burning down, but thankfully any thoughts towards disaster were quickly put to rest after the flames were all part of a concert rehearsal inside the ground.
Rock band, Muse, are due to play at the ground as part of their stadium tour around Europe, and the flames were part of their pyrotechnics rehearsal ahead of their scheduled appearance on Wednesday.
Pundit Stan Collymore was among those who raised the alarm to the fire, before the stadium’s Twitter account released a statement to allay fears of a serious incident
Although the flames looked serious from outside the ground, the West Midlands’ fire service confirmed that no emergency calls were made and they were alerted to the incident through Twitter.
Liz Cooper, marketing director from Ricoh Arena, said she understood why people thought the stadium was on fire.
She said: ‘It was quite concerning to be fair. My first thoughts were obviously the residents around the Ricoh so we got a message on to Twitter, but within 10 minutes, with the power of social media, it just went ballistic.
‘Everybody phoned, everybody was concerned. Muse have got a very elaborate production set and they’ve got chimneys on stage.
‘They’ve been rehearsing all weekend and last night it was all of the other bits other than the music and the pyrotechnics play quite a big part.’
Muse are also set to play at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium and Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium as part of their tour.