When Ipswich flirted with the Premiership status at the end of season 1999/2000, Portman Road was greatly improved. These improvements are now completed, and have included adding a second tier to the south stand, (formerly the Churchmans End and now renamed the Greene King stand). Updating and improving the Brittannia (west) stand and the Cobbold stand, on Portman road.
The ground currently holds 30,000 following the completion of the redevelopments.
The new south stand towers above the rest of the stadium, and is a new landmark on the Ipswich skyline. New developments include the Galleria Executive restaurant in the South Stand, additional executive boxes in the Britannia stand, new reception and generally improved facilities throughout the ground (Inc. toilets & food outlets). The South Stand will be no-smoking from 2002/03 (in the seating area).
As the club have opted to stay at Portman Road the ground benefits from the facilities, shops, restaurants and car parks in the nearby town centre.
The away fans are normally allocated approx 2,000 tickets, and are housed in the Cobbold stand. Once the ground improvements are completed, this will be the only remaining old style stand (...surprise, surprise), and the facilities within this stand are limited. Therefore, if you need something to eat, etc, then best to get it before you enter the ground!
Jim from Ipswich has also dropped us an e-mail, and warns away fans 'The seats within the Cobbold stand are rather crammed together, and can be a bit uncomfortable if you have even normal length legs!
The following are all available inside the ground... Greene King (well they do sponsor the new stand), coke, crisps, pies, sausage rolls, pasties.
The statue of Sir Alf Ramsey is well worth a look. The former Ipswich Town manager who led England to world cup glory in 1966. The statue is located behind the North stand on the corner of Sir Alf Ramsey way and Portman Road (Bobby Robson to follow shortly).