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Portman Road

Portman Road

Since 2001 there have been some dramatic changes at Portman Road: A new South Stand, a new North Stand, and a whole host of other changes. This page will eventually be updated to reflect all of these, but in the mean time you can check out the following:

The History of Portman Road

Ground Description

Portman Road is a ten minute walk south-west from the town centre and a five minute walk from the railway station. There is approximately 1,500 spaces for cars located at various car parks within a half-mile radius of the ground.

Portman Road

The largest of the grounds stands, the Britannia Stand (formerly the Pioneer Stand), occupies the western side of the playing area. Opposite is the Cobbold Stand which runs parallel to Portman Road. Churchmans Stand is located at the southern end of the ground and at the northern end of the ground, located on Sir Alf Ramsey way (formerly Portman Walk) is the imaginatively named North Stand.

The Britannia stand was completed in 1983 and is of the cantilevered style. It is built over an original two tiered stand that was first constructed in 1957. The lower levels have since been modernised, i.e. new catering and toilet facilities, and the re-fitting of all three levels with obligatory blue plastic seating was completed a number of years ago. The practice pitch at the rear of the stand was formerly shared with a cricket club and on match days becomes part gathering place and part car park.

Teams enter the pitch from the south-west corner of the ground, where the changing rooms are located. The glazed stadium control room, offices (including the main ticket office) and gymnasium are also housed in this corner.

Portman Road

The Cobbold stand was built in the early 1970's. Another cantilever structure, it has two levels. Executive boxes were added at the rear of the lower level in the mid-1970's. Located in the stand are the club's main supporters shop, a match day ticket office, restaurant and bar. The visiting supporters allocation of seats is located in the upper level of the stand at the southern most end.

The terraces at the two ends of the ground were converted to seating areas in 1992, hence making Portman Road the first all seater football stadium in the country. Churchmans Stand was re-roofed in 1992 to shelter the new seats and is not dissimilar in appearance to the North Stand, but offers the better view of the two.

Current Capacity: 22,465 all seated
Visiting Fan Allocation: 1,500 all seated
Record Attendance: 38,010 (FA Cup 5th Round versus Leeds in 1975).

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