Address: Portsmouth Football Club, Fratton Park, Frogmore Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO4 8RA
Fratton Park is a rickety old ground, but one full of character. The Fratton End is the most modern – a large-ish single-tiered stand behind one goal. Opposite this is the Milton End, part of which houses the away contingent. The two side stands are two-tiered, and are beginning to show their age. If you sit here you can expect a few pillars to get in your way.
The away support are usually granted around 2,000 tickets. Tickets are usually relatively easy to come by – you can visit the club’s website for further information.
Fratton End/South Stand/North Stand/Milton End – Category A
Senior/Young Person: £22
Senior/Young Person: £15
Tel: 0844 847 1898
GETTING TO Fratton Park
Fratton is ten minute walk from ground, Portsmouth twenty five – take your pick. Rather than jump out of the train window when you pass the ground coming into Fratton, step of the train and at the top of the platform stairs turn left onto the footbridge. Turn left into Goldsmith Avenue, over the small roundabout by the Pompey Centre, then left into Frogmore Road and the entrance to the TY and South stands are 100m ahead of you.
Go along the M27 and continue on to the A27. At the junction with the A2030 turn right towards Southsea/Fratton and continue straight along the A2030 and you will see the ground in front of you.
Street life. Yeah, street parking is your best option where you can around Fratton. There is a large car park behind the TY Europe Stand but it’s mainly for home fans. Best option for street parking is on the right hand side of the A2030 before you reach the Good Companion public house. Can become congested and if not there early, recommend travelling to central Portsmouth and using one of the big car parks there – main one near the Civic Centre and Courts charge just £2 for all day parking on Saturdays. Bargain.
Little tip: En route, tune your stereo to 107.4 The Quay – the Official Portsmouth radio station. They provide up to the minute travel information along with pre-match build up with banter, competition and statistics that will no doubt take your attention off the road.
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Where to drink
The Good Companion mentioned above is worth checking out and is on the main A2030 about a five minute walk away from the ground. Good mix of home and away fans and food available. Harvester is another option to combine both food and drink but away fans should avoid the Milton Arms, Shepherds Crook and the Newcome Arms. Brewers Arms may be the one to look out for if you’re a visiting fan, popular with away contingents. Just outside the ground in the north east corner however there has recently been a large enclosed white marquee for away fans. Bar and televisions, can’t go wrong.
Finally the Connaught Arms is popular with both home and away fans. They serve a good selection of draught beers as well as superb pasties. The pub is located at the junction of Penhale and Guildford Road, 200 yards away from Fratton Road but the walk is worth it.
If that isn’t enough, head into Portsmouth city centre or Southsea but be wary that evenings can become somewhat lively at the weekend.
Where to Eat
The Good Companion pub does a brisk business in food on matchdays. It’s on the A2030, five minutes walk from the ground. If you’re after something a bit closer, you’ll find burger vans dotted around the stadium. The Shire Foods Balti Pie is available inside the ground for £2.20.
Where to Stay
Beaufort Hotel – 71 Festing Road southsea, Portsmouth. A short walk from the stadium and the most reasonably priced hotel in the area.