Portsmouth FC has revealed plans for a redevelopment of its Fratton Park home.
The English League One club is looking to boost capacity to 20,000 from just under 19,700.
The club said it will shortly submit a planning application for consideration to kick-off phase one of the proposed redevelopment of Fratton Park.
The planning application is being made following an extensive review – and ongoing consultation with a wide range of connected parties, including, among others, specialist designers, architects, planners, the Heritage & Advisory Board and Tony Goodall Fans’ Conference.
The club said that 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.
Although severely constrained by a number of physical obstacles, specialist architects and designers have contributed towards a renovation of the Milton End that will achieve some of the following key points:
- Two covered DDA areas, allowing home and away disabled supporters to sit with the rest of their respective fans
- Increase in the current allowable capacity to 3,200 supporters
- The ability to segregate in 25 per cent blocks, enabling a potential minimum extra 800 home fans (should demand dictate) to be permanently housed in this area for league games
- A completely new concourse area, cantilevered to extend beyond the back of the stand
The club said in a statement:
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.
While a formal planning application will be submitted, the club will continue to take feedback from supporters and interested parties, as part of a more general and ongoing consultation process.