|What's Portman Road
Future Ground Developments
Portman Road (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Where To Drink?
The Sir Alf Ramsey & Co-operative Stands (photo)
How To Get There And Where To Park
The Sir Bobby Robson Stand (photo)
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Portman Road Location Map
|What's Portman Road Like?|
The overall look of the
ground has greatly improved, with the re-development
of both ends. Both these
ends, the Sir Alf Ramsey Stand and the Sir
Bobby Robson Stand, are similar in appearance
and size, and dwarf the smaller older
stands, located on each side of the ground.
Unusually, both ends have a larger upper tier which overhangs slightly the smaller
lower tier. Both have windshields
to either side of the upper tier and they are
completed, with some spectacular
floodlights perched on their
were both fully opened a year apart in 2001 &
The Club would at some point like to re-develop the Cobbold Stand and boost the capacity of the ground to 40,000. However this is unlikely to happen unless the Club established itself once again as a Premier League Club.
Thanks to Owen Pavey for supplying the photos for this page.
|What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?|
fans are placed on one side
(towards the Sir Alf Ramsey Stand) of the upper tier
of the Cobbold Stand at one
side of the pitch, where up to 1,900 away supporters can be
accommodated (or according to some - crammed in).
1,500 of this allocation are housed in the upper tier
wing sections. If necessary an additional 400 'premium' seats can be made
available which are more centrally located
in the upper tier. The away allocation can also be
supplemented by a further 400
seats in the lower tier of
Away fans are placed on one side of the upper tier of the Cobbold Stand at one side of the pitch, where up to 1,900 away supporters can be accommodated. Although the views from this area are generally not too bad (unless you are at the very back of the stand where there are some supporting pillars), the leg room is rather cramped and as with the rest of the stand the facilities are beginning to show their age. On the plus side, away fans can really make some noise from this area, contributing to a good atmosphere. Stewarding was fairly strict, with fans at the front of the upper tier, were being asked to keep seated (whilst those at the back were allowed to stand) and on my last visit a few fans were ejected for smoking (okay they should known better, but a warning first would have been more fair in my book). Food on offer inside the ground include; Rollover Hot Dogs (£3.30), Various Pies & Pasties (£2.80), including the tasty Portman Steak & Ale Pie (£3.50) and Jumbo Sausage Rolls (£2.80). They also offer a Pie & Pint/Drink deal.' The stand also has one of the poshest gents toilets that I have visited at a football ground (this was one of the two toilet blocks on the upper concourse). They wouldn’t have looked out of place at a hotel.
I have always found this to be a friendly place and pleasurable day out, even though I've never seen my team win there! I even on one occasion got accosted by some Ipswich fans, whilst coming out of the railway station and ended up accompanying them on a pub crawl before the game. Overall Portman Road is a good day out.
|Where To Drink?|
The main away supporters pub is the Riverside (Station) Hotel, which as the name suggests, backs onto a river and is located close to the railway station which is only a five minute walk away from Portman Road. Otherwise the Punch & Judy pub on Cardinal Park, which is close to the ground has also been recommended to me as a pub which is family orientated and where both sets of fans can enjoy a drink. Other pubs in the area such as the Hare & Hounds and the Swan, are very much home pubs and are best avoided by visiting fans.
If you arrive in good
time then you can take the walk into the town centre
where there are plenty of pubs to be found. Of
particular note is the Lord Nelson in Fore Street, which is an interesting pub
that sells Adnams beers. Also there is the Dove
Street Inn on St Helens Street which is listed in
the CAMRA Good Beer Guide which has up to 20 real
ales and ciders on tap.
Liam Burgess adds; 'The
waterfront area has recently been re-developed and
has a number of bars and restaurants. This is
visible from the train station and is a 10 minute
walk from the ground. The Isaac Lord on the
quay is a local favourite and serves various real
ales. Directions from the railway station: walk
straight over the bridge as you come out of the
station, turn right at the Royal Mail sorting office
and literally walk in a straight line for five
minutes or so going past Cardinal Park to reach the
Waterfront area. There is a car park right next to
the main entrance of the waterfront too.' This car
park is run by Total Car Parks Limited and offers a
matchday all day ticket for £2.50. This can be
paid on the day or booked in advance via their website.
Otherwise alcohol is on sale inside the ground including Adnams Bitter (£3.40), Carlsberg Lager (£3.60), Aspall Suffolk Cyder (£3.90) Spirit Minatures (£3.90) and White & Red Wine (£3.90). Please note that alcohol is not available to away fans at half time.
Please note that since this
photo was taken the 'Britannia' lettering on the
seats has been replaced.
|How To Get There And Where To Park|
the A14 around Ipswich from which the ground is well
signposted. The official route takes you from the A14
onto the A1214 into Ipswich. I though prefer to leave
at the next junction and take the A137. Stay straight
on this road straight into Ipswich and as you cross
the bridge over the river, stay in the left hand lane
(marked town centre). Once over the river turn left at
the roundabout (signposted Colchester/Bury St Edmunds)
passing the Punch & Judy pub on your right.
Continue along this road as it bends to the left into
Commercial Road, you should be able to see the Portman
Road floodlights over to your right. Move into the
right hand filter lane (marked town centre) and
continue to follow the road around to the right. As
you reach Fitness First/Staples move over to the left
hand lane and at the traffic lights turn left into
Princes Road. Take the next left into Portman Road
itself for the ground.
As the ground is near to the town centre there is very little free street parking. Along Portman Road there are three Pay & Display car parks which cost £4.60 for a Saturday afternoon. For evening games it is less as the car parks are free after 8pm, just pay for the relevant number of hours up to then. On my last visit I parked in one of these car parks and was pleasantly surprised at the end of the game that it didn’t take too long to getaway. There are a number of other car parks located in the town centre which are sign posted, plus there is a NCP multi storey car park located next to the railway station, which costs £2.30 on both Saturday afternoons and weekday evenings.
Map showing the location of the Portman Road Football Ground (at the bottom of this page).
|The ground is only a quarter of a mile away from Ipswich train station and is only a five minute walk away. You will see the Portman Road floodlights in the distance as your train comes into the station. Ipswich is served by trains from London Liverpool Street and Peterborough.|
|Norwich City & Colchester United.|
Like a number a
clubs Ipswich categorise
matches (A, B & C) whereby
the more popular matches cost more
to watch. Category B & C prices
are shown below in brackets.
* The prices quoted above are for tickets purchased prior to matchday. Tickets purchased on matchday can cost up to £2.50 more.
Concessions apply to Over 60's, Students with a valid NUS card, supporters in disabled areas and Under 20's.
|Ipswich Town fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).|
|Official Programme: £3.|
|For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.|
|Record & Average Attendance|
38,010 v Leeds United,
FA Cup 6th Round, March 8th 1975.
Modern All Seated Attendance Record:
30,152 v Norwich City
Division One, December 21st, 2003.
2011-2012: 18,267 (Championship League)
2010-2011: 19,615 (Championship League)
2009-2010: 20,841 (Championship League)
|Fans Reviews Of Portman Road|
(Wolverhampton Wanderers) 19/9/12
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