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Would like to say how helpful and polite all the staff and stewards are when we attened home matches and also like to thank Alison for helping sorting our tickets out I am in a wheelchair and my wife is my carer we really appreciate all the help you all give usI have been a pompey supporter all my life and so was my father and grandfather and enjoy watching all home matches when possiblePlay up pompey till I die Dave and Sonia Cox
Yes I will happily admit it's not the newest ground, it's not the prettiest ground, it's not going to win awards for modern features, not going to compete in size with the Old Traffords of this world. But.....it is an absolutely fantastic, old fashioned, authentic stadium with some of the most loyal and passionate fans in the country. That is in no way an exaggeration.
When you consider the history of the club, from the heights of an FA cup win and FA cup final to the lows of league 2 it's a huge credit to the fans that they still sell out their season ticket allocation and that end of the ground is ALWAYS rocking!
I love how close the fans are to the pitch, it makes for a great atmosphere. As I've stated the facilities aren't exactly world class, but this adds to the feel of it all. The pitch is always in superb condition, a credit to the groundsman. The stadium is easy to find in Fratton, about 15 minutes from the motorway and sits right next to a retail park where there are several fast food chains, great for a pre or post match snack. The car park is large out the front of the stadium but there are cheaper places to park 5 or so mins down the road.
I live around 2 minutes from the ground at uni and the matchday buzz around the area is something I absolutely love about the city. It's a place that loves its football!!
Only a short review, apologies for that, but I was just fed up of seeing people slagging of the old style ground. Yes it is run down but that adds character and makes for an intense atmosphere. Certainly a place I wouldn't like to come as an away team!
Fratton Park is quite frankly a very poor excuse for a Premiership Stadium. I know they have no money and the new Arab owners seem intent on running the club into the ground, but still the stadium is dire. There was talk of the team moving to a brand new ground but that all fell through, hardly surprising given the financial crisis the club now finds itself in.
As you may have guessed, I am not a Pompey Fan and so my experience of the ground is that of a visiting fan. I am a Sunderland fan and have written an article on our home ground. I thought I'd try and share some opinions on some of the good, bad, and downright ugly away stadiums I have been to.
Fratton park holds just over 20,000 making it the smallest stadium in the Premiership (although whether it will be a Premiership ground after this season is questionable at best). The North and South stands run parallel to the pitch and the Fratton end (West) is the larger home end. The away end, or Milton end didn't even have a roof until the 2007/8 season! My best mate is an Arsenal fan and he's been in that end when the heavens have opened, I have been a bit lucker so far.
As Portsmouth is a seaside town, when the wind picks up you really know about it! I will be there in a couple of weeks for a Tuesday night game and I may be taking a balaclava with me!
The nearest station to the ground is Fratton which goes on to Portsmouth and Southsea if you go south and goes up to London Waterloo in the other direction. The ground is about 5 minute walk from here and if you can, leave early after the game as the station gets absolutely rammed!
I have not driven down there as yet, but from the looks of it there are permit holders only roads all around the ground. Having said that I'm sure there are places nearby where you can park for a fiver, as is the case with most grounds.
To get to the away end, you need to walk through the rows of terraced houses and then down an alleyway to the measley 3 turnstiles that are provided. Again, a tip from me would be to get there early as it can take a while to get through and into the ground. Police presence is usually substantial when I have been, I'm not sure if thats for the away fans or the home fans. Incedently I have seen Pompey fans cause trouble in Reading town centre and at QPR a few years back so it may be for them.
Just before you get into the stand is the refreshments and toilets. To call it non-league standard would not be too far off the mark. I have seen better toilets at festivals and so if you aren't desperate, then you'd be advised to leave them well alone.
The seating itself is quite cramped when compared with other grounds. I am quite tall 6'2, and scraped shins for 90 minutes isn't exactly my idea of fun.
The worst part of it all is that we usually get beaten down there which is never going to improve my opinion of the place!
A word on the Pompey fans...apart from that topless clown who spends all game every game ringing his bell, they are a good set of supporters. They make there fair share of noise given the capacity and always seem to support there team in good numbers despite the appalling way the club is currently being run.
I particularly liked when home and away fans all sang an anti-Alan Shearer song together last season.
I've been to Fratton Park three consecutive seasons as an away fan and unfortunately i have been less impressed each visit. When you enter Portsmouth by road, you'll be in a lot of traffic on a match day but the good thing is that there is enough residential parking areas very close to the ground to make the journey easy. If it wasn't for the floodlights you would have trouble locating the ground with it being tightly surrounded by residential areas. I found it quite comical on the way out the ground seeing a Portsmouth fan just walk a few metres down the road to his front door.
Once inside the ground, you can see that it isn't a glamorous ground but an old fashioned english football ground which is what I love as a vocal fan in a set of supporters who choose to stand. The ground is quite a poor ground in terms of facilities but you can see they have been trying to do what they can to improve it. A roof appeared on the away stand last season out of nowhere which I was very thankful for after roasting in the sun on the last outing.
Being close to the pitch and tight in the ground a great atmosphere can be generated and Portsmouth fans have a great reputation for their home atmosphere. Unfortunately though the home atmosphere has dwindled on each visit i've had to the stadium, perhaps due to being a Premiership regular now and i'm sure a lot of Pompy fans agree.
On a more comical note, the guy with the bells had a little stand built for him this season resembling a Hook a duck stand at the fun fair. Hilarious.
From my perspective as an away fan the ground is terrible. However after my team recently got relegated i wont have to worry about that as i will no doubt be visiting grounds alot worse. I think this is possibly along with craven cottage the worst ground in the top flite however i can say the fans are up there with the best in the league. After a move to the south coast i often head over to fratton when the top teams are playing there to watch a game of football and i am never dissapointed. Yes the ground is a let down, but the fans and there players certainly give there all week in week out which is more than can be said for some of these top clubs. A credit to the town. Just ashame they lost harry redknapp. Wish them all the best in the coming season.
Fratton Park is the home ground of Portsmouth Football Club who play in the English Premier League. Most stadiums of teams in this league are very modern now days, either new builds or redeveloped over the years, Fratton Park is one of the few exceptions. The stadium is like no other in the division and a very tough place for away teams to come, just last night they almost beat the mighty AC Milan and I bet players like Ronaldinho and Seedorf had never played in an arena like it!
Although the ground is old, it is all seated and has a capacity of 20,700; very small in Premier League terms. However, what the ground lacks in size it makes up for in atmosphere because the Portsmouth fans are fantastic and really get behind their team. I spent three years in Portsmouth whilst at university and lived about three miles from the stadium in a place called North End, we could hear the crowd from Fratton Park from our house sometimes to give you an example of how loud they are!
So what's the ground like?
The most striking stand in the ground is the Fratton End, this is where most of the hardcore Pompey fans sit and where the majority of the noise comes from on match days. It's the most modern stand in the stadium, of single tiered design, similar to those at Craven Cottage behind the goals. Either side of the pitch are the two oldest stands, dating back to 1925 would you believe, I think they used to have terracing in front of the seating here, but this has since been removed to make way for more seats and to make the ground meet new safety standards. If I'm honest these stands do look seriously out of place in the Premiership. Away fans are housed in the Milton End, again a single tiered stand like the Fratton End, but smaller. It has recently had a roof added to it because previously it was the only stand not to have a roof and because this is where the away fans are sitting it was deemed unfair. This also used to be standing if I remember correctly.
Would I recommend it for away fans?
I have been to the ground as an away fan with Millwall on many occasions. It is a rough stadium, but the atmosphere inside the ground is very good and makes for a great arena to watch live football from the stands. Now that the Milton End has a roof this is made better because you don't get wet when it rains, a simple luxury, but you will be surprised how much difference this makes.
Outside of the ground it can be quite intimidating and I wouldn't recommend drinking in any of the pubs nearby. If you get the train to Portsmouth there is usually a police escort which will take fans to Fratton Station after the game, however, if you drive then you'll have to make your way back to the car by yourself.
Fratton Park is definitely an away ground I would recommend visiting though due to the uniqueness of the stadium and the excellent atmosphere.
Plans for the future?
Obviously Portsmouth can only play at Fratton Park for a few more years due to the age of the stadium. Plans have been unveiled for a new stadium to be built within the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard area. This would be a 36,000 seater stadium on the waterfront and would cost in the region of £600,000,000. I don't think the club has gained planning permission yet for these works, but it is my understanding that if they do then they could be in their new stadium in 2010, which would be good. I think that they should make the capacity at least 40,000 though because Portsmouth is the only team on the south coast who play in the top flight and all new stadiums built for with the Premier League in mind are at least 45,000.
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From away fans perspective it is the worst ground in the league. To be honest, there are many better grounds in lower leagues than Fratton Park.
I've been to Fratton Park twice as an away fan and definitely none better each time.
The first time i arrived just in time for kick off which i wasnt happy about as it gave me no time for drinks, singing in the pub and everything which helps make it a better day with all away games with Man United.
My first opinion was the poor facilities around the ground and the amount of police compared to most other away days. The site of portaloo's are not good as well as it taking a long time to get in to the ground due to just the 3 turnstiles.
Before coming to Fratton, we were already aware of the ground having no roof but luckily the weather wasn't too bad.
With them negatives from outside the ground over and done with, the other big thing you can't fail to recognise is the atmosphere. Man United's away support is one of the best in Europe and got rated as the best to arrive at other teams grounds by 14/19 grounds. United's away support is superb however at Portsmouth you knew it wasn't to be. The amount of southerners in the United section who never knew words was unreal.
However them atmosphere. I could here the old 'Play Up Pompey' from the turnstiles which is quite intimidating and even got me more pumped up for the game. It is pretty much impossible to out sing portsmouth at Fratton Park because of the lack of tickets and no roof therefore difficlult to generate atmosphere which will stay inside the ground.
Pompey's support is very loud and the man with the bell is annoying and embarassing to Portsmouth. However they don't really have any songs, just small chants with about 3 words in is their max, however the advantage is that everyone knows the words and join in unlike Man Uniteds songs which go on for longer and only the true fans know the words.
Once arrived in the ground it was very tight. United's away support always stand which ever ground they go to and the leg room was very small. I sat down at half time and there was little room and knees digging in to seat in front.
We did win that day which was enough for the trip home.
The second time was the 06/07 season in April which we lost 2-1 with the Rio own goal.
This time i decided to arrive early at got to Fratton for around 12:30 despite 5:15 KO. We went to The Good Companion first to watch the Chelsea game and have a few drinks before heading to the Shephards Crook where the majority of United's more hardcore support were. The Good Companion was quiet and had a mixture of United and Pompey fans in. Although we got lost on the way, to Shepards crook, we asked for directions of Pompey fans who were kind and we got there eventually by moving towards the United fans' chants we could hear. We got to the pub and this was the best part of our trip. It was 90% United fans pub with LUHG stickers all around the pub. However police had pretty much circled the pub. We sang and drank for about an hour and a half inside and outside the pub which was great. But like before, there were many knew faces and replica shirts who clearly were at their first game but somehow got United tickets.
We left the pub at 5:05 and was a few mins walk to the ground. However we hadn't learnt from before and was a nightmare getting in. We missed the first 5 mins or so and there were still a few hundred behind us. The atmosphere was loud as expected but Pompey fans still don't know any 'songs'! It was almost impossible to create atmosphere. The security were strict and even ejected a a couple of people and threatened to take out more for standing on their seats and drinking.
Half time came and we were then told that the United > england banner which had been placed behind our fans, should be taken down as it was 'racist'! The game was terrible but the pub before hand was great and i'm hoping to go back despite it being a bloody midweek game in August for our game if i manage a ticket.
I would of added friendly people to the list of advantages as some helped us but after the game some fans were chanting 'Chelsea' and a couple of people i know even got in a fight with about 8 of them who ended up hiding behind police.
Anyway hope you enjoyed my couple of stories from my days out at Fratton Park as an away fan.
Having been born in, and living in Portsmouth all my life, when it comes to football there can be only one team for me... Portsmouth (or Pompey as it is commonly known). My first trip to Fratton Park, Pompey's home ground, was back in 1992, and I now go to every match that I can get to.
Fratton Park is notorious for being "the worst ground in the Premiership" - but is this opinion justified ? Admittedly, the ground is very old - not a lot has changed from my first visit apart from the obvious transformation of the terraces where I first stood into an all seater ground. The seats are plastic, with not a lot of leg room, but serve their purpose. Fratton Park must be the only club in the country that can have covered stands for it's home fans, whilst the "away end" is not covered and open to all elements of the weather that the South Coast has to offer - rain and wind in the winter, and scorching hot sunshine in the summer months.
The toilets are basic, and often involve quite a hefty queue especially before the match and at half time.
Catering facillities too are quite basic, although there is a good selection of food and drink available. Tea and coffee are of the "vending machine" variety, and cost around £1.50. Beer, snacks and hot food are also sold at higher than average prices.
So, from the above information you'd expect that the reputation was deserved... but you'd be wrong. What makes Fratton Park such an amazing ground cannot be assesed by any of the above factors. Both home and away fans (and the television pundits) agree that the atmosphere at Fratton Park is unrivaled in the Premiership. The home fans sing throughout the game, however well (or badly) the team is doing, and the compact design of the ground amplify the acoustics. It really does have to be experienced at the ground to fully appreciate the atmosphere created.
If you are taking young children to the ground, you need to be aware that some of the lyrics of the songs are quite rude, as is some of the inevitable shouting (usually towards the referee).
The ground is very well marshalled, and this makes the arrival and departure process very well co-ordinated.
Ticket prices are around £26 to £30 for adults, with concessions available at around £20. Programmes are also available for £3, with unofficial publications at around half the price.
Travelling to the ground can get very busy on match days. By car, the main road is the A2030 "Eastern Road" towards Milton. Whilst there is a car park at the ground, this is charged at £5, and often gets full quite early on. There is some street parking available, but again this soon gets full and the area can get very congested. I'd recommend travelling to central Portsmouth and using one of the big car parks there - the main one near the Civic Center and Courts charge just £2 for all day parking on a Saturday.
If you do decide to come by car, it is a great idea to tune your stereo to 107.4 The Quay - the Official Portsmouth radio station. They provide up to the minute travel information, along with a pre-match build up with banter, competition and statistics that are sure to get you in the mood for the game.
Alternatively, you can get the train to Fratton Station, which is located just 5 minutes walk from the ground. There are extra trains put on for match days, and the station is well policed to ensure that everyone arrives and leaves safely.
I originally wrote and published this review on youstayuk.co.uk in April of the 2005/06 season, when the future of Portsmouth Football Club was uncertain. This was the season when our manager Harry Redknapp left the club for our rivals "down the road", a new French manager was failing to win any games at all, and the players were (understandably) demotivated. As a result, the club was propping up the bottom of the league, facing almost sure relegation. Later in the season, the club sacked the French manager, Harry came back and a new Russian tycoon Alexandre Gaydamak purchased the club, with the promise of investment in new players and a new ground.
These changes boosted the club and the players performance, and we had a tremendous end to the season ensuring survival.
Now, six months down the line, Portsmouth Football Club is facing a new lease of life. Having topped the table in the early stages of the new season, the club has welcomed the addition of several new players and the future is looking very bright for the team.
Fratton Park is the home of the legendary Portsmouth Football Club, Pride of the South. Ok, I know I should leave the mind-bending drugs alone but I like it in this little world on my own! : O) Anyway here’s all you need to know about it. (The ground that is, not the mind bending drugs) Fratton Park is not what you would call a new stadium. Some might call it old and decrepit, I prefer to call it a classic ground from yesteryear!! It has a capacity of around 19000 and consists of four stands, The KJC Stand, North Stand, South Stand and Milton Road End. The KJC stand, the most recently built, has the best atmosphere. Most of the season ticket holders, especially the “lads” sit here and it is normally full to capacity and very noisy. The North and South stands are more for the family and only get full for the big games. The South Stand also caters for disabled supporters although they are tucked away near the corners, which is a bit unfair. The Milton End is for the away supporters and is uncovered which makes it funny when it rains, watching them getting soaked. The away end accommodates about 3000 supporters although most of the time away teams are allocated around half this amount. The ground being relatively small generates a great atmosphere when full, especially with Pompey fans being one of the most passionate in the country. Ticket prices are roughly the same for each part of the ground, costing between £15-£17, and can normally be bought on the day, or via Internet or phone prior to the game. Children and concessions get in for around half price. To get there by car you simply get on the M27, then ignoring the M275 turn off for Portsmouth town centre, go on to the A27. At the junction with the A2030 turn right towards Southsea/Fratton. Continue along the A2030 and as you get to the end of this road you will see the ground in front of you. There is only a small car park so you best bet i
s to park in the side streets by the ground. You car should be safe here unless you have anything from Southampton (The Scum) in view. As a word of advice, don’t wear anything of Southampton’s or mention them around the ground as they are Pompey’s biggest rivals and hated around the area. The nearest local train station is Fratton and this is about a 5-minute walk away from the ground. The food is what you’d expect at a football ground. Loads of burger vans outside and plenty of places inside the ground to get food and drink, although they do quite often run out of hot food towards the end of half time so be quick. Also the quality of the food inside the ground leaves a lot to be desired so it’s best to buy something from outside. Well that’s about all you need to know for a visit to Fratton, if I’ve missed anything I will add it later.
I make no effort to try and pretend Fratton Park is a modern stadium, the fact is that it isn't, it is in need of work. I can't see any way that it can be expanded, it has to be knocked down and rebuilt in the huge area of derelict land behind, and it's good to see plans have been drawn up to build a large stadium there. Fratton Park is easy to get to, if you get lost, then any football fan, or non-football fan will be able to show you. For away and home fans who live out of the city like I do, the best way to get there is by train. Fratton station is only a short walk from the ground, and most trains from London and other major connecting stations stop there. You can't get lost by train, it is a sinple walk up one road, and you can't miss the turning as there is a large stand and plenty of people. On route from all directions, once you get within a 1 mile radious of the ground, there is a large selection of burger vans and pubs. The vans offer cheap and easy footie food such as a burger, if you go along each home game you get a favorite, I like the one owned by a man and his son comming from the station, good burgers. The pubs are friendly and well policed, so there is no risk of trouble unless you go out looking for it. In the ground refreshments are, to be honest, rubbish. Like most football stadiums, the food is over priced, horrible and runs out afer the half time rush. So my advice is use the surrounding burger vans or bring you own, but if you do have some sopare money, the only nice food are the pasties, v.good. Access to all parts of the ground is simple compared to many other grounds I have been to. If you get lost there are plenty of stewards to direct you to your turnstile or seat. IF you are disabled, the entrance is right up Frogmore Road by the main gate, the seats are right at the bottom of the KJC stand, of Fratton End, the main home supporters stand. The seats i feel, although not being disabl
e my view is completely theory, are not in the best position. Any misdirected shots can easily, and i have seen, hit any peron in the fromt rows, especially the disable section. Although protected by advertisment boards, the possabilites of serious injury, are still high. There is alot more I can go on about but I won't, I'm just giving you an overall picture and idea of Fratton Park. The prices are reasonable for a First Division Club and I have no complaints about that. The atmosphere which can be developed is unique, if you are lucky to be at a game of high excitement and a large crowd, you will know why the Pompey fans have a reputation of being the 'best' in the land. The stadium capacity is around average for a club of our size, around 17,500 seated, although we are grateful if we get a crowd of 15,000. Fratton end seats around 5,000 the nort stand and the south stand around 10,000 put togetherand the Milten end (away stnd) around 2,500. All the stands are covered except the Milten end which i s still open to the weather. It depends where in each of the other stand you are sitting as to whether you gat wet or stay dry. The north stand often has the wind blowing in from the sea facing straight into it, so if you are in possesion of one of the seats in the first few rows, well you will get wet. Sound quality in the stadium, in my oppinion is very poor. I sit at the back of the KJC stand and the echo makes it virtually imposible to understand what is being said. If you stand in the centre of the stand you get great reception however and will have no complaints. What surprised me is that they have managed to put speakers in the toilets, so when dealing with natural needs, you can hear the man saying what ever it is he is saying, and that isn't much. It would be nice to have speakers placed at the back of the stand so you can hear what the man is saying as you watch who is coming onto the pitch and who the old man wa
ddling along used to play for. As for sound quality in the other stands, the North stand is well quite well equipped and the south stand has very little to disturb the sound. And as for the Milten end, a speaker stuck on the end of a rod at either end and in the centre, what you would expect from that stand really. The stewarding is good. Any sign of trouble and they will be in the middle stopping it like a shot, and there are alot of them, they seem to come out of no where. If there should be any trouble needing police back up, you would be surprised at how many pigs a little rom in the corner of the stand can hold. So there is no risk of trouble. Safety is the stewards highest concern. If you are there don't run on to the pitch because you will be taken down like a dear running through a pack of lions, not very good, oh and there is no shotage of police dogs, just the sight of one on each corner flag and two on the half way line is enough to make you think twice. So overall the ground is dated yet can still generate a great atmosphere. The prices are good, except for food, transport is easy and burger vans top class, sound is varied depending on where you sit, and the stewards will take no, well you get the picture. I would say if you are down here on a match day go along, if you have the oppertunity to watch your home team play their go, it's a good day out.