Home of Portsmouth FC

Opened 1899

Capacity 20,620

Rating: 4.5

(2283) Google Reviews

A superb "old school" football ground with a brilliant atmosphere! The recent upgrades mean there are plenty of bars and food outlets on site all around the ground. Plenty to do before matches too with the new fan zone doing DJ sets, penalties, top bins and other games. Fantastic.
profile image
4 months ago
Fratton Park is the central football ground in Portsmouth. It serves as the home of Portsmouth Football Club and have capacity of more than 20K visitors. It was build over 130 years ago and is one of the historical landmarks in Portsmouth. This is definitely a must-have place to visit and feel the inspirational power of football and its fans.
profile image
7 months ago
If you have read my other reviews, you will know that I should love this place... It's not soulless, it's not out of town, it's not surrounded by the usual suspects, when it comes to new builds. Fratton Park is a proper football ground, where a proper football club play. Had some horrendous days here, and suffered some horrendous weather, and the roof is a recent afterthought, but have very recently learned to love the place!
The football experience in fratton park is a typical one. Watching the Pompey boys play football (doing their magic) is an exceptional feeling to me. The fans singing is also amazing
profile image
5 months ago
Lovely ground, very helpful staff, all locked up, but he let me in to take some photos.
Be the first to comment!
0 / 1000
21 + 31 = ?

History (from Wikipedia)

Fratton Park is built in a traditional English style with four separate stands of varied designs and sizes and arranged closely around the four sides of the football pitch. The pitch measures 115 x 73 yards, and is aligned from east to west, which is considered unusual in English football, as most other pitches are orientated north to south to maximise natural sunlight.

The stadium has a current (reduced) capacity for 19,669 supporters,
[16] although it has had a much larger maximum capacity for 58,000 supporters after the construction of the North Stand in 1935. Fratton Park's record attendance is 51,385, reached in an FA Cup quarter-final match vs Derby County, on 26 February 1949, in which Portsmouth won 2–1.

The four stands in Fratton Park are named 
The North Stand (north), The South Stand (south), The Milton End (east) and The Fratton End (west). Before the reconstruction of the 4,500 seat Fratton End in 1997, the previously unseated terraced stands of the old Fratton End, Lower North Terrace and Milton End were conjoined as one contiguous terrace for much of Fratton Park's twentieth century history.[17][18]

Along the northern touchline of the pitch is the two-tier North Stand, the largest stand in Fratton Park. The North Stand (including Lower North Terrace) was rebuilt and reopened as a full standing stand on 7 September 1935, increasing Fratton Park's maximum capacity to 58,000 supporters. However, the stadium capacity was reduced when 4,226 seats were fitted to the upper North Stand terrace in 1951. The lower North Terrace was also fitted with seats in 1996. A new roof extension, supported by steel columns, was added from the front of the North Stand in 1997 and extended over the North Terrace (previously uncovered) to the pitch touchline. The North Stand turnstiles are accessed from Milton Lane. A gravel surfaced car park is a recent addition to the rear of the North Stand. The current 'Pompey Shop' merchandise shop and ticket office are located directly behind the North Stand car park in Anson Road.

The current South Stand has two tiers and was opened on 29 August 1925 and is currently the oldest stand in Fratton Park. It replaced an earlier and smaller South Stand (known as The Grand Stand) that existed on the site between 1899 and 1925. The current 1925 South Stand was designed by the famed Scottish architect 
Archibald Leitch. The entrance to the South Stand is in Frogmore Road and is notable for its mock Tudor façade, which is a remnant of a grand mock Tudor pavilion structure - with a clock tower - that previously occupied the site from 1905 before the current South Stand was built in 1925.

At the eastern end of Fratton Park is the Milton End, the smallest stand. The original Milton End was built in 1905 and was known as the Spion Kop, and was enlarged to its current size in 1949. Infamously, the Milton End was the only roofless stand in the 
Premier League, before a roof was added before the 2007–08 season. The Milton End is used by visiting 'away' supporters, with turnstiles in an alleyway named Specks Lane, directly behind the Milton End.

At the western end of Fratton Park is the single tier 4,500 seat Fratton End, which first opened on 31 October 1997 and is the newest and tallest stand in Fratton Park. The Fratton End also had an official opening ceremony on 4 April 1998, timed to coincide with a home match that was one day before the centennial anniversary of Portsmouth F.C. on 5 April 1998. The current Fratton End replaced an earlier two-tier Fratton End built in 1956, which had its upper tier demolished in 1986 for structural reasons. The remaining lower tier of the Fratton End was demolished eleven seasons later in 1997 to clear the land for the building of the current Fratton End stand in 1997. The Fratton End turnstiles are accessed from Frogmore Road.

Things to do in Portsmouth.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

40 Reviews
Photo of Gaia O.

Being born and raised in Portsmouth, I'd visited the Dockyard on school trips as a kid but was too young to appreciate and remember the visit. Came back... Read More

Photo of John C.

Great place to walk about. Port life is alive and well. Lots of restaurants open for takeaway. Boats in the harbor remind me of the bay area I come from.... Read More

Photo of William G.

The Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is one of those history museums the Brits excel at. As a naval power Portsmouth was and is a major port for the Royal Navy... Read More

HMS Victory.

15 Reviews
Photo of William G.

I was disappointed with the HMS Victory exhibit. It could have been so much better. I read all the C. S. Forester and Patrick O'Brian novels about the... Read More

Photo of Flemming M.

Great ship to Bill not recommended for anyone under 15 years of age Love the challenge Read More

Photo of John C.

Wish we could on to the ship. From a distance it looks like a huge ship. The naval history is amazing here Read More