Ross Venus Testimonial: Everything you need to know

When: Tuesday 25th February with a 7.30pm face-off (Doors open 6.45pm)

Where: Skydome Arena, Croft Rd, Coventry CV1 3AZ

What is it?: A fun night to celebrate #59 Ross Venus’ ten years with the Coventry Blaze

How much is it to come?

Adults: £12

Under-16’s: £7

Concessions (OAP/Student): £10

How do I get tickets?

They can be purchased ONLINE by calling 02476 630693 or visit the SkyDome box office.

Match sponsor: Taylors Butchers have been the long-time Blaze sponsor of Ross Venus, and continue their fantastic support of him by agreeing to be the testimonial game sponsor.

What’s happening?:

The current Blaze team, and a load of past favourites have been selected to two teams (see here) by captain’s Danny Stewart and James Pease.

On the night of the testimonial, the teams will play two periods of 20 minutes to gain bragging rights over the other. The teams will be coached by Paul Thompson and Keeno.

In the first period break, five players as voted for by fans will take part in a Southam Agricultural Services on-ice musical chairs game (read more).

After the second period, both teams will then compete in the West Midlands Leisure Ltd shoot-out challenge and the two losers will either be egged or have a bucked of ice dumped over their head (read more).

Then around 9.45pm-10pm, everyone can jump on the ice with all of the players for a 30 minute skate session during which the players will be happy to give autographs and have photos taken (read more).

If you need to hire skates, you can via the Planet Ice Skate Hut for £3.

Which players are playing?:

The two teams can be seen, HERE.

Raffles and games

Southam Agricultural Services game-worn jersey raffle:

#59 Ross Venus special GOLD testimonial jersey straight off his back and presented to you on the ice. Tickets £1.


Win half of the takings in a 50/50 raffle draw. Tickets £1.

Special 50/50 offer

Buy £5 or £10 worth of 50/50 tickets (it’s for Ross after-all) and you will also be put in the draw to win Ross Venus’ Blaze Blue Army super-hero jersey which you will receive after Coventry Blaze’s last home game of the regular season. Huge thanks to the Blue Army for this generous donation.


There are a range of great prizes to be won in the Chuck-a-puck which will take place after the second period. £1 each, 3 for 2 or 8 for £5.

  • Afternoon tea for 4 at the amazing Coombe Abbey Hotel  
  • £20 voucher and thermal coffee cup from Esquires Coffee 
  • Pizza party for 4 at Basement Browns 
  • One-month free membership at Village Gym 
  • 4-ball golfing voucher for Stoneleigh Deer Park Golf Club 

What if I can’t be there but want to support Ross?

You could buy a ticket anyway, or you can donate for Ross via a GoFundMe page, HERE.


A limited range of merchandise will be available to take home on the night.

This includes, pucks (£5), Caps (£20), Beanies (£15), Polos (£18), Zip-up hoodies (£25) and t-shirt’s (£tbc).

There will also be two limited edition commemorative testimonial prints available, signed by Ross (£5 each).



If you have pre-purchased a game-worn jersey, you will be able to collect it from the FanHub end of the arena after the WML shoot-out competition.

Ross will play a period on each team, and there will be a blue and white game-worn jersey up for auction at the FanHub end of the arena.

In addition, the game-worn jerseys of #17 Russell Cowley, #74 Liam Stewart and #9 Ben Lake will be up for auction. As well the jersey off Scorch plus two blood jerseys will be available in the auction. Bidding begins at £50.

The auction will end when the WML shoot-out begins.

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