|2000 (Away section)|
|Inauguration||1898 (Portsmouth - Southampton FC, 2-0)|
|Renovations||1956, 1962, 2007, 2010-11|
|Record attendance||51 385 (Portsmouth – Derby County, 26.02.1949)|
|Address||Frogmore Road, Portsmouth, PO4 8RA|
Description: Fratton Park
Built in 1898, the venue was among the more distinctive stadiums in the UK, partly thanks to the part played by the ever famous Archibald Leitch, who was among the architects. The main administration building has a mock Tudor appearance and was accompanied by another building with a clock tower. These however have been dismantled with only the small cottage-alike part left to this day.
Thanks to its fame and standard it was home to its first (and, as it later turned out, only) England international game already in 1903. Several decades later the 1948 Olympic tournament was co-hosted by Fratton Park which was one of only two outside-of-London stadiums to be chosen. In 1956 it was the first Football League ground with floodlights (Feb 22nd, against Newcastle United). But, just so that it doesn’t sound all too modern, in 2007 it was the last venue in the Premier League to have an uncovered stand.
Today’s stadium consists of four independent stands, without any filling sections in the corners. Two parts along the sides are double-tiered while those behind goals have just one tier. Due to low capacity and poor infrastructure the club was seeking options to upgrade the ground or move to a new one, but so far – without success.
England: Portsmouth reveal first phase of Fratton Park upgrades
It's a modest scheme but really needed one, too. With the proposed revamp the smallest stand of Fratton Park will finally offer the required facilities for both regular ticket holders and disabled fans.
England: Portsmouth considering new stadium
Fratton Park may be one of the most climatic and historic stadia in English football, but it's also increasingly expensive to maintain, while expansion is problematic due to numerous constraints. Yes, relocation is once more on the agenda.
10+ Ranking 2015: Attendances in Europe (Part 2. The Clubs)
Borussia, Barca and Man United – lovely dominant trio. But it wasn’t them who gained most fans last season. Check all 217 clubs that draw an average crowd of 10,000+!
10+ Ranking: Here are the best European clubs by attendance
There are 229 clubs in Europe enjoying on average 10,000 spectators and more. We list all of them to show the Continent’s most magnetic teams. Some fanbases really deserve praise for their participation, right Rangers/Portsmouth?
England: Ticket prices breaking new records
And not the kind of records supporters would wish to see. First time ever average price for the cheapest seats in top four leagues (!) exceeded £20. That means ticket prices in England are rising at 4 times the speed of inflation – BBC Sport alarms.
England: Visiting 116 stadiums on a bike, scoot or on feet
He’s neither an away-going supporter, nor a groundhopper. It’s also not a sports discipline, what he’s doing. Steven simply decided to visit 116 venues in England and Wales using his bike, scoot and feet. This is how Football Ground Tour was born.