Fratton Park is a football ground in the English city of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom. Fratton Park remains as the original home of Portsmouth F.C, who were founded on 5 April 1898.
Uniquely, Fratton Park is currently the only stadium in English professional football that is not on the mainland island of Great Britain, as it is built on Portsea Island, where the city of Portsmouth is located.
Fratton Park is affectionately known as "The Old Girl" by Portsmouth supporters. The stadium has also been branded in-house as "Fortress Fratton" in recent years.
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Fratton Park has an all seated capacity of just over 20,000 and have been Portsmouth's home since 1899. The more vociferous fans tend to be found in the Fratton End, behind one of the goals. This stand is the only one of the 4 that offers unobstructed views throughout. Both the North and South Stands are very old and tired looking two-tiered affairs with several pillars across the middle of both stands.
Visiting supporters are situated on the north stand side of the Milton end behind one of the goals where approximately 2,100 fans can be accommodated. The new roof over the stand means that travelling fans can make a lot more noise than they used to. The views are generally very good although there are supporting pillars that may impede your view of the action slightly.
Parking is available along nearby roads with the best bet being the A2030. If you arrive early enough, you'll get a space near to the ground and an easy get away for afterwards.
Also, along the A2030 you'll find a couple of secure private car parks charging approximately £5 per car. There are a few of these in the local area that charge varying rates so if that's your port of call, cherry pick the safest looking and best priced.
Away fans are given a warm welcome in the Connaught Arms. This pub is located on the intersection with Penhale Road and Guildford Road about a ten-minute walk from Fratton Station. Popular with away fans is the Good Companion pub, which is on the main A2030 about a five-minute walk away from the ground. It is a large pub serving real ales and had a good mix of home and away support.
There's a McDonalds and a KFC behind the Fratton End, between the ground and B&Q. If you fancy a curry, head for the Albert Rd area of Southsea, near the Kings Theatre, an old 'Matcham' theatre, currently being renovated.
I have been to Fratton Park once as a Coventry fan. Below was the result:
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