Our Impressions of Fratton Park
Pompey first took up residence at Fratton Park in 1898, with Fratton park having a capacity of approx 20,200.
Away fans are located in the Milton End which holds approx 3,000 fans. Away fans are normally allocated approx 1200 tickets for Premier league games.
Portsmouth FC and Portsmouth City Council have been trying to agree the location for a new stadium for several years, with the location still to be confirmed.
Directions to Fratton Park
From North and West
Take M27 and M275 to the end then take the 2nd exit at the roundabout and after ? mile turn right at the 'T' junction into London Road (A2047). After 1? miles cross the railway bridge and turn left into Goldsmith Avenue. After ? mile turn left into Fogmore Road
Take A27 following Southsea signs (A2030). Turn left at the roundabout (3 miles) onto A288, then right into Priory Crescent and next right into Carisbrooke Road.
The Portsmouth mainline train station is an unfortunate half-an-hour minute walk to Fratton Park. Most trains to Portsmouth also stop at Fratton BR Station, and this is only a ten minute walk to the ground. When you arrive walk over the bridge and turn left into Goldsmith Avenue. Carry on till you reach Apsley Road and the visiting supporters turnstiles are directly ahead.
By Bus (local)
13 - Commercial Road South, Fatton Bridge, Goldsmith Avenue, White House, Furze Lane.
17 - The Hard Interchange, Commercial Road, Victoria Road North/Elm Grove, Highland Road Post Office, White House, Goldsmith Avenue, Fratton Bridge, Commercial Road.
18 - Same route as 17.
Other services which stop close to the ground: 3, 13, 16, 16A, 24, 27 (all Fratton Bridge), 4, 4A, 6 (all Milton Road).
Just a Thought...
If you want to make a quick escape, then we suggest that you park in the back streets to the south of the ground. After the game, head towards Southsea Seafront joining Southsea Esplanade. Follow the Southsea Esplanade as far as the pier with the rollercoaster. Turn right here and follow this road until you reach the traffic lights (a large park will be on your right after you have passed the swimming baths and the cricket ground). Now follow Ferry and out of city signs until you reach the M275 which will take you onto the M27 / A27. This looks long but it's better than sitting in a traffic jam.
Paul Walton has e-mailed us, and says 'Regarding travel to the ground. Don't even contemplate travelling down the Eastern Road even without the roadworks (from the East). They are reinforcing the bridge that links the mainland to Portsea Island. Jams are a plenty at all times of the day. Instead take the A27 and turn off onto the M275 into Portsmouth on the Western side (It's only a couple of miles further). Endeavour to get into Portsmouth at or preferably before 12:30PM else you're gonna get stuck in traffic. Leave by the same way after the match else it's hell.'
Local Area around Fratton Park
Unfortunately car parking is mostly limited to the streets around Fratton Park. These are fine, but I would advise you to get to Portsmouth early in order to find a spot. Please note that you are not allowed to park your car in the roads directly next to Fratton Park. These are Frogmore Road, Carisbrooke Road, Ruskin Road, Apsley Road, Claydon Road and Alverstone Road.
The nearest large car park is St. Mary's Hospital. If you are travelling down Milton Road (A288) towards Fratton Park do not go in the main entrance to the hospital. Instead travel a couple of yards further where you will see another car park, this is the one most football fans use. It is a pay and display system, but get there early if you want to park here as it will fill up very quickly. This car park is also tricky to get out of straight after a game, so you have been warned.
Another possible car park is the Bridge Centre in Fratton Road (A2047). It's about 20-30 minute walk from the ground by going along Goldsmith Avenue. Once again this is pay and display, but if a game is on Saturday spaces may be limited due to shoppers (evening games shouldn't be too bad).
Paul Walton has e-mailed us, and says 'You can find parking in and around the Connaught Arms but residents parking is on the increase (with a two hour limit for others) so be careful where you park. Parking on the streets generally around the ground is horrendous at most times of the day so try the train even if it means parking at Cosham or Hilsea Stations from where you can take a short train ride to Fratton.'