Portsmouth – Fratton Park

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Fratton ParkFratton Park is an all seater stadium with a capacity of 20,700. It is the current home ground of Portsmouth FC.

The largest and most modern stand, at the ground’s western end, is the Fratton End. Along either side of the pitch are the North and South stands, both of which are two-tiered.

At the eastern end is the Milton End, by far the smallest stand. Formerly the only roofless stand in the Premier League, a roof was added for the 2007/08 season. Away supporters share the Milton End with home fans. The original entrance to the Fratton End is notable for its mock Tudor facade.

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How to get to Fratton Park

By Road:
fratton park directionsFratton Park is located in Frogmore Road, Portsmouth PO4 8RA, about 2 miles east of the city centre.

Drivers arriving from the North are advised to follow the M27 / M275 route to its conclusion, taking the 2nd exit at the roundabout and turning right at the T-junction (about 500 yards) onto the A2047. Goldsmith Avenue is the left turn after crossing the railway bridge and Frogmore Road is on the left after a further ½ mile. The map below can provide directions from all UK locations and may well prove useful for directions to parking and away friendly pubs.


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By Rail:
portsmouth train stationThe stadium is served by Fratton railway station, within a 10-minute walk, which is on the Portsmouth Direct Line. On arrival at Fratton, turn left onto the footbridge and exit left onto Goldsmith Avenue. After about ½ mile, turn left into Frogmore Road and continue for about 200 yards before turning left into Apsley Road, where the entrances to the Milton End are located. Click here to check the current train timetables

By Air:
The nearest airport to Fratton Park is Southampton. Southampton Airport’s Parkway station has regular connections to Southampton Central, which in turn connects with Portsmouth. Journey time is about an hour. Click here to check the current flight times

Taxis
There are several taxi companies in Portsmouth that can take you to and from the stadium. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.

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Where to Park?

portsmouth fc parkingStreet parking is available for early arrivals. Secure car parking is available at St. Mary’s Hospital in Milton Road. Several visitors have suggested parking further away from Fratton Park in areas such as Cosham and Hilsea and taking a short train journey to Fratton station. This is also reported as a good way of making a sharp exit.

Away Friendly Pubs near Fratton Park

pubs near fratton park stadiumAway fans should avoid the Milton Arms in Milton Road and the Newcome Arms in Newcome Road. The Connaught Arms, located at the junction of Guildford and Penhale Roads is recommended by visiting fans, serving a variety of draught beers and food. Apparently a decent walk from the ground but definitely worth the effort.

Closer to Fratton Park, on the A2030, some 5 minutes from the stadium, The Good Companion is also recommended, serving real ales and having a decent blend of home and away support. The Brewers Arms in Milton Road has also received good reviews from visiting fans.

Hotels near Fratton Park

holiday inn express portsmouthThe Express by Holiday Inn, The Plaza, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth PO1 3FD is within 2 miles of Fratton Park and has attracted many favourable reviews from guests. Located on Portsmouth’s vibrant waterfront development, this newly built modern hotel reportedly offers comfortable, well-appointed en suite accommodation, superb facilities and great service. On-site parking is available at very reasonable rates. holiday inn portsmouth

The Holiday Inn, Pembroke Road (pictured right), Portsmouth PO1 2TA is a cheaper alternative at a similar distance from Fratton Park, which has also attracted excellent guest reviews. Located near the sea front, within easy access of the M27, it offers a prime location for those wishing to explore Portsmouth’s attractions.

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What have other Away Fans said about their trip to Fratton Park?

away fans portsmouthMany visiting fans have remarked that the classic, older style ground at Fratton Park evokes pleasant memories of grounds visited in their youth. Away fans have universally praised the addition of the roof to the Milton End, though supporting pillars interfere with the view of play, facilities fall short and leg room is tight. Most visitors have noted that the ground really cannot compete with other Premiership Venues.

However, on the plus side, many remarked upon the welcoming nature of the home support and lack of intimidation, despite fans separated by only a short distance. Overall, most visitors were impressed by the vibrant atmosphere within the ground, leading them to overlook some of its drawbacks

Your comments about Portsmouth – Fratton Park


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  1. John

    I loved my trip to Fratton Park – it’s what I would call a “proper football stadium”, with individual stands and real character. With 3,000 of us packed into the away end, we were able to create a cracking atmosphere that sadly wasn’t matched by the home faithful – I’d come expecting a legendary home support, and was a little surprised they didn’t get behind their team more.

    Facilities are pretty much non-existent – I left for the toilet at the stroke of the half-time whistle, and returned 10 minutes into the second half after queuing with around 800 people to get into the 3 urinals that just overflowed and ran down the hill!

    We were staying in Southampton (at the Novotel Southampton), and caught the train into Fratton, which is around a 5 minute walk from the ground. We had a meal at the Good Companion after the game, where we were able to mingle and chat with the home fans quite comfortably, before grabbing a later train back to Southampton, beating the queues.


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  3. Jon

    Porstmouth’s finances are real problem & that is shown at Fratton Park. When I went there the programme seller told me that the club only sell a tenth of the crowd’s capacity (around 1850) in programmes. This is due to the idea of wasting money as some maybe unsold. Also the merchandise store is not owned by the club & about a few minutes from the ground. Inside, it’s really basic; one tea bar & two walls used as urinals. If you want to park then take the A2030 Southsea road & when you see the floodlights park down a side road to your left; it’s free, but be there well over an hour before kick off. Otherwise there are other places that will charge you. Also when you leave, head for Southsea, & look for signs for the A3/M3/M27. Either that or hit the traffic, which is horrific!


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  5. Matthew Perryman

    Visited Fratton Park for the first time on Saturday (28th August 2010). Antiquated stadium with very basic facilities in the away end, we took a support of some 2500 which meant no chance of visits to loos or food stalls at half time.
    Parked in Gunwharf Quay (Portsmouth Harbour train station) and caught the train to Fratton Station, a 9 minute journey. Far easier than parking around the ground although on leaving Fratton Station you face “Smiffy’s Bar”, an obvious “home supporters” pub that was intimidating on both the walk to and from the stadium.


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  7. Richard

    In my opinion, Fratton Park is the worst football stadium ive been to, worse than some of those in league 1. The people working behind the refreshments stand inside fratton park refused to sell us alcohol. If you go to Fratton Park, and are looking for a pint before the game, i recomend going to the sheperds crook pub which is a short walk from the ground.
    I found that the atmosphere from the home fans was fantastic, but were easily outsang by the norwich city promotion party. i thought that the stewards behaviour was unacceptable on the night, they were pushing us down this 4-5 foot drop inbetween the pitch and the stand to stop us invading the pitch. Eventually they let us go on.


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    • graham

      richard what you chatting boy if you were trying to envade the pitch you get what you ask for so shut up and go back to leauge 1. But the sheperds crook pub is fantastic . If you stay the weekend go to gumwalf quey at night it has a great atmosphere. and avoid the m27 cause the traffic terrible after a match cut through southsea


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  9. Eric

    Went to Fratton Park for a friendly this summer.went down by train 5 min walk to the ground from the station.Inside the ground,well what can i say nice ground a bit oldschool but the facilities are s**t,one little food counter between 3000 fans doesnt work toilets are alright if you get there early like any ground really.the atmosphere is good they have drums,bells and trumpets going throughout the whole game just no singing.the chelsea fans where singing through the whole game and there was only one or two play up pomeys and thats it.all in all a good away day.


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  11. Mike

    Erm yeah you know, top ground great supporters. Much better than our home the nou camp or camp nou if you please. Loved looking at john westwoods nipples through my binos the whole game. All in all it was a good day, we lost 10-0 but it was all about the experience. Thankyou Portsmouth Fc for being superb hosts


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  13. Sean

    Been to Fratton Park a few times over the years. I like old school grounds as much as the next person, but this place is a tip.
    The toilet facilities are next to non exsistant so people were just releaving themselves against walls and in bottles. No point trying to get refreshments as they wont sell you beer and anything they do have is sold out before half time anyway.
    There seems to be some sort of reputation that their fans produce an amazing atmosphere. I have to say, I wasn’t impressed. They dont seem to get behind the team that much, and when they do its either half hearted ‘play up pompy’ or songs without words. Not to mention the constant ringing of that bell and random beating of a drum.
    I have to say, the recent addition of a roof is a major step forward for the away end.
    Outside the football I’ve stayed in the city centre to make a weekend of it. There doesn’t seem to be too much going on around there in terms of nightlife, and it does seem very on edge that it will kick off at any moment. On my most recent visit we decided to stay in Southampton and go out there for the weekend. Much more pleasant experience with a lot more to offer.

    Overall, I’ve seen better grounds since we’ve been in league 2.


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  15. dave

    I went to fratton park last season with the bluebirds, have to say it beats all these new plastic grounds, cant beat the old school fratton ground, good atmosphere inside the ground, both teams getting behind their clubs. The food available is very basic in the ground, your usual pies.burgers, hot dogs. I would recommened a steak and kidney pie, very tasty!
    Outside the ground unfortunately was a little less of a great experience, there were numerous reports throughout the afternoon about innocent bluebird fans getting attacked by portsmouth fans, so my advise would be to cover up colours if your club falls under a more high profile game.


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  17. Mark

    Overall fairly good experience but I’d agree that the ‘famous’ pompey atmosphere was sadly lacking!. West Ham fans sang our hearts out the whole game, created a great atmsophere but the Pompey lot seemed defleated and were quiet all game except the odd PUP.


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  19. paul francis.

    decent away end [now roof is on]
    fans okay but best to be on your toes when leaving after game.
    toilets small and a small kiosk that doesn’t sell beer/alcohol.
    not too bad of a ground to visit.


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  21. gary

    we went to the good capanion pub abou 1000 yards from ground and it was great atmoshere and very safe for away fans before and after the game. Food was good and the real ale.
    Land lord and land lady made us feel really welcome and was a relaxed feeling.
    The ground itself is poor in facilities I have to say, the support from Portsmouth was poor, and was dated.


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  23. Tony

    Was a bit worried about my first trip to pumpy as obviously we have a big rivalry and all I’ve ever heard from people who have been are tails of saints fans being attacked and chased everywhere. With this in mind although we didn’t sell our full allocation ( due to people’s fears) we did take a healthy support in our promotion season. Stewards were good and stepped in when banter got too much from mostly home fans. One sints fan near me did get a nasty gash from a missile from one home idiot and when we sang the Adam lallana song and swayed the home stands burst out laughing and sung anti homosexual songs that I thought we had left behind at football. Well now I have been to fratton and although enjoyed the derby atmosphere was a little too close on the edge to feel safe


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  25. Ian Collison

    Not a great experience for away fans would be my view. The ground is well signposted but parking is not and the streets around are very crowded so allow plenty of time to park and walk. Buying a ticket was a shambles. The entrance for away fans is at the opposite end of the ground from where the tickets are on sale. Neither are well signed. The queue for tickets was quite long and very slow although the staff were very helpful. I tried two programme sellers and both had sold out.
    The ground and facilities seem quite old fashioned but the atmosphere inside the ground was tremendous. It’s not often a league two side plays in front of 14,000, and it can be intimidating just from the perspective of noise.

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