Pompey unveil plans for stadium upgrade

THE long-awaited revamp of Fratton Park has moved a step closer with the club officially unveiling their initial plans for the stadium redevelopment.

Discussions over a ‘modern day’ ground fit for the 21stcentury have been ongoing for years, with Pompey officials admitting recently they were seeking public cash to help fund the project.

The plans unveiled on Tuesday are concentrated on the Milton End and include covered areas for home and away disabled supporters, a larger concourse, and a lift to the upper areas of the North Stand. Stadium capacity will only initially increase to 20,000.

The club, who will submit the planning application to Portsmouth Council ‘shortly’, said: “While work continues to address and ensure the safety and security of supporters, as part of the general proposed redevelopment of the stadium – and due to a variety of operational reasons – phase one planning is to be submitted specifically in regard to the Milton End.

“As has been previously advised, while planning is to be submitted for this first phase, there remains issues relating to more general transport and access infrastructure that is outside of the club’s control.

“We continue to work with a variety of external private, public and government bodies in an attempt to unlock the commencement of phase one, as well as subsequent larger scale projects for the stadium and wider Fratton area.”

• Pompey have released dates for rearranged home games against MK Dons and Doncaster – but both will be dependent on Pompey’s progress in the FA Cup and Leasing.com Trophy. The MK Dons game has been initially scheduled to take place at Fratton Park on Tuesday, February 18, but if they beat Scunthorpe in the Leasing.com Trophy, it will be put back a week to Tuesday, February 25. The Doncaster match is scheduled for Tuesday, March 3, but if they beat Barnsley and reach the fifth round of the FA Cup, it will be moved to Tuesday, March 17.