Fratton Park
Fratton Park is the home stadium of Portsmouth F.C., the city's traditional professional football club, and is situated in the English city-port of Portsmouth. The stadium has been described as an intimidating venue for visiting teams, mostly because of the close proximity of the pitch to the stands, also because the extreme vocal support of the raucous fans contributes to a very loud and atmospheric game: famously during a UEFA Cup game in 2008 AC Milan star Ronaldinho said that: "It is the best atmosphere in the world of football".

The stadium currently has four stands, all seated. The pitch runs from east to west. The largest and most modern stand, at the ground's western end, is the Fratton End (commercially known by its sponsor name as JobSite UK stand). Along either side of the pitch are the North and South stands, both of which are two-tiered. At the eastern end is the Milton End (sponsored as Apollo stand), by far the smallest stand. Formerly the only roofless stand in the Premier League, a roof was added before the 2007/08 season. This stand is shared between home and away supporters. The original entrance to the Fratton End is notable for its mock Tudor façade. Following the arrival of former owner Alexandre Gaydamak several renovations were made to Fratton Park, including improved dressing rooms, the above-mentioned roof over the Milton end and a big-screen above the police box between the North Stand and Milton End. The North Stand was refreshed for the 2010/2011 season with renewed sponsorship by Mercedes-Benz (Ridgeway Group) which replaced the "Fratton Park Portsmouth" and the club crest. The stadium is served by Fratton railway station (about 10 minutes' walk away), which is located on the Portsmouth Direct Line. Ridgeway Group North Stand Milton End (Known as the Linvoy Primus Community Stand for 2010/11 Season) South Stand The Jobsite Fratton End Stand

The Main Stand was designed by renowned football architect Archibald Leitch, whose company also built an ornate pavilion (similar to Craven Cottage) complete with clocktower. However, these were largely removed with the expansion of the ground. The first match at Fratton Park was a friendly against local rivals Southampton, which was won 2”“0, with goals from Dan Cunliffe (formerly with Liverpool) and Harold Clarke (formerly with Everton). Fratton Park hosted a first-round football game in the 1948 Summer Olympics (one of only two grounds outside London, the other being the now disappeared Goldstone Ground). It hosted one full England international match on 2 March 1903 against Wales and has also hosted some England U-21 internationals. Pompey was the first club to stage a Football League match under floodlights, in a 22 February 1956 game against Newcastle United. New floodlight towers were constructed in 1962. Fratton Park was (until the addition of Blackpool's Bloomfield Road to the Premier League in 2010 and Portsmouth's own relegation to the Championship) the football ground with the lowest maximum capacity in the Premier League. However, it has held 51,385 for an FA Cup match against Derby County in 1949. The capacity has in recent years been much reduced by the introduction of compulsory seating.

Future development
The ground has been home to the club throughout its entire history. The old stadium has been refurbished and repaired, but the current facilities are showing signs of age by comparison to clubs in the Premier League that have either built a new stadium or significantly redeveloped existing facilities, along modern, less working-class lines, abolishing traditional features, which, however, have so far been preserved at Fratton Park, despite relocation being suggested as long ago as the early 1990s. At the end of the 2003/04 season, the club having survived its first season in the Premier League, plans were developed to build a new stadium on the site of an adjacent disused rail-freight depot. These plans, which were supported by the City Council, would also have allowed a much needed increase in ground capacity, but it was claimed that it would be impossible to achieve on the current footprint because of the close proximity of residential housing. Before work could begin, however, the plans were superseded by a new proposal to redevelop more or less on the existing site, but realigning the pitch 90 degrees to accommodate a larger capacity stadium, funded in part by a "Pompey Village" residential, hotel and retail project on the adjacent site. Work on the stadium was due to commence in the summer of 2006, and the first new stands were to be opening before the 2007/08 season. Again, before work could begin, the plans were dropped, with yet another proposal announced on 25 April 2007 that would see a 36,000 capacity stadium on reclaimed mud flats close to Portsmouth Naval Base. These plans were ambitious and included creating a leisure village around the stadium, complete with 1500 waterfront apartments as well as restaurants and other facilities. The proposal for a new stadium was widely supported, although cautiously by many that were conscious that the waterfront location proposed in the outline plans would be surrounded on three sides, by the Naval Base, harbour itself and railway, thus leaving only one end for access by residents and supporters. Critics also pointed out that the mudflats the stadium was proposed to sit on was close to an area of Site of Special Scientific Interest, would be difficult to get to by road and had nowhere near the amount of car parking facilities needed for such an enterprise . These plans were also dropped before work could begin. The club had undertaken consultation and there were a number of objectors to the proposal, no least about the problems that 36,000 fans would cause to the local travel infrastructure. The Royal Navy also said that the proposal would cause problems with the proposed introduction of their new super-size aircraft carriers. In January 2008, a fourth set of plans were approved, to build a new stadium and leisure/residential complex on Horsea Island. Again, this proposal has local support, but again, it suffers from less than ideal transport links. Due to the credit crisis the Horsea Island development has been put on hold. The previous proposal to rotate the existing pitch at Fratton Park by 90 degrees has been re-instated. Work was due to begin late 2009, with a gradual increase in capacity until completion in 2010 ending with a capacity of 30,000. As of early 2010 the plans for a stadium are on hold once again, almost certainly due to the current financial situation at the club, as well as their Premier League relegation at the end of the 2009-10 season. New problems arose in the summer of 2010, the former owner Alexandre (Sascha) Gadyamak having stepped up his grip on the land surrounding the stadium, rendering any expansion problematic.


Record Attendance: 51,385 v Derby County 26 February 1949, FA Cup Sixth Round

Average attendances

Season Average attendance 1989”“90 18,959 1990”“91 19,681 1991”“92 11,789 1992”“93 13,706 1993”“94 11,692 1994”“95 8,629 1995”“96 9,503 1996”“97 8,723 1997”“98 11,149 1998”“99 11,956 1999”“00 13,906 2000”“01 13,707 2001”“02 15,121 2002”“03 18,934 2003”“04 20,108 2004”“05 20,072 2005-06 19,840 2006”“07 19,862 2007”“08 20,438 2008”“09 19,830