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Ipswich Town FC
Portman Road

Capacity: 30,300 (all seated)
Address: Portman Road, Ipswich, IP1 2DA
Main Telephone No: 01473 400 500
Fax No: 01473 400 040
Ticket Office: 03330 050503
Pitch Size: 112 x 70 yards
Team Nickname: Blues or Tractor Boys
Year Ground Opened: 1888
Shirt Sponsors: Marcus Evans
Home Kit Colours:
Blue & White
Away Kit Colours: Red & Black
Kit Manufacturers: Adidas
Official Web Site:
www.itfc.co.uk
Unofficial Web Sites:

Tractor-boys.com
Those Were The Days
Ipswich Town MAD
(Footy Mad Network)

Singing The Blues (Sport Network)
West Anglia Supporters Club




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Contents
What's Portman Road Like?
Future Ground Developments
Portman Road (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Looking Towards The Sir Bobby Robson Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
Sir Alf Ramsey Stand (photo)
How To Get There And Where To Park
Cobbold Stand
(photo)
By Train
Local Rivals
The Sir Bobby Robson Stand (photo)

Admission Prices
Co-operative Stand (photo)
Fixtures 2014-2015
Programme Price
Disabled Facilities
Record & Average Attendance
Ground Layout
Fans Ground Reviews
Hotel Accommodation
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 roofs. They were both fully opened a year apart in 2001 & 2002.

Both sides are much older stands and now look quite tired in comparison. On one side, the fair sized
East of England Co-operative Stand Stand is a three tiered covered stand, with a row of executive boxes running across its middle. This stand was originally opened in 1957 and was then known as the West Stand. In 1984 an additional tier was added along with a new roof. Opposite is the smaller Cobbold Stand. Again it is two tiered and has a row of executive boxes. However it is only partly covered, with the small lower tier of seating being open to the elements. This stand which was first opened in 1971 and was originally called the Portman Stand. It was later renamed the Cobbold Stand in respect of the Cobbold family who were former owners of the club and old Suffolk brewers Tolly-Cobbold. Unusually the teams emerge onto the field from one corner of the ground between the Sir Alf Ramsey and Britannia Stands. Outside are two statues of two former Ipswich and England managers. One is of World Cup winner Sir Alf Ramsey and is located on the corner between the Cobbold and Sir Bobby Robson Stand, while Sir Bobby Robson's statue is placed behind the Cobbold stand in Portman Road.

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Future Ground Developments

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.

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Portman Road


Portman Road Photo

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
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.

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Looking Towards The Sir Bobby Robson Stand

Portman Road

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 Curve bar on Princes Street and Degeros on St. Nicholas Street and the Drum and Monkey, 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.

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Sir Alf Ramsey Stand


Sir Alf Ramsey Stand

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How To Get There And Where To Park
Follow 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).

Post Code for SAT NAV:
IP1 2DA

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Cobbold Stand

By Train
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.

Remember if travelling by train then you can save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can normally save. Click on the trainline logo below:

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Local Rivals
Norwich City and Colchester United.

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Sir Bobby Robson Stand


Sir Bobby Robson Stand

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Admission Prices

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.

Home Fans*:
Cobbold Stand
Upper Premium Seats: Adults £60 (B £54.50) (C £46), Concessions £47.50 (B £42.50)
(C £33.50),
Under 20's £46.50 (B £41.50) (C £32.50), Under 16's £29.50 (B £26.50) (C £20.50)
Upper Centre: Adults £43 (B £37.50) (C £31), Concessions £28 (B £25) (C £21),
Under 20's £27 (B £24) (C £20), Under 16's £13.50 (B £11.50) (C £10.50)
Upper Wings:
Adults £37 (B £32.50) (C £26), Concessions £26 (B £23) (C £19),
Under 20's £21 (B £18) (C £15), Under 16's £13.50 (B £11.50) (C £10.50)
Lower Tier:
Adults £32 (B £27.50) (C £21), Concessions £22 (B £19) (C £16),
Under 20's £21 (B £18) (C £15), Under 16's £13.50 (B £11.50) (C £10.50)

East of England Co-operative Stand
Upper Premium Seats: Adults £47 (B £42.50) (C £36), Concessions £30 (B £28.50) (C £26.50),

Under 20's £29 (B £25) (C £23),
Under 16's £24.50 (B £22.50) (C £15.50)
Upper Centre: Adults £43 (B £37.50) (C £31), Concessions £28
(B £25) (C £21),
Under 20's £27 (B £24) (C £20), Under 16's £13.50 (B £11.50) (C £10.50)
Upper Wings: Adults £37 (B £32.50) (C £26),
Concessions
£26 (B £23) (C £19),
Under 20's £25 (B £22) (C £18), Under 16's £13.50 (B £11.50) (C £10.50)
Family Area Upper Wings: Adults £37 (B £32.50) (C £26), Concessions £26 (B £23) (C £19),
Under 20's £25 (B £22) (C £18),
Under 16's £10 (B £8.50) (C £5.50)
Lower Tier: Adults £32 (B £27.50) (C £21),
Concessions £22 (B £19) (C £16),
Under 20's £21 (B £18) (C £15),, Under 16's £13.50 (B £11.50) (C £10.50)

Sir Alf Ramsey Stand
Premium Seats: Adults £51 (B £45.50) (C £41), Concessions £38 (B £33) (C £28),

Under 20's £37 (B £32) (C £27),
Under 16's £24.50 (B £22.50) (C £15.50)
Upper Tier:
Adults £37 (B £32.50) (C £26), Concessions £26 (B £23) (C £19),
Under 20's £25 (B £22) (C £18),
Under 16's £13.50 (B £11.50) (C £10.50)
Lower Tier:
Adults £32 (B £27.50) (C £21), Concessions £22 (B £19) (C £16), 
Under 20's £21 (B £18) (C £15),
Under 16's £13.50 (B £11.50) (C £10.50)


Sir Bobby Robson Stand
Upper Tier:
Adults £37 (B £32.50) (C £26), Concessions £26 (B £23) (C £19),
Under 20's £25 (B £22) (C £18),
Under 16's £13.50 (B £11.50) (C £10.50)
Lower Tier: Adults £32 (B £27.50) (C £21), Concessions £22 (B £19) (C £16),
Under 20's £21 (B £18) (C £15), Under 16's £13.50 (B £11.50) (C £10.50)
 
Away Fans*:
Cobbold Stand (Upper Wings):
Adults £37 (B £32.50) (C £26), Concessions £26 (B £23) (C £19),
Under 20's £25 (B £22) (C £18),
Under 16's £13.50 (B £11.50) (C £10.50)

Cobbold Stand (Lower Tier): Adults £32 (B £27.50) (C £21), Concessions £22 (B £19) (C £16),

Under 20's £21 (B £18) (C £15),
Under 16's £13.50 (B £11.50) (C £10.50)

* 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.

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East Of England Co-operative Stand


East Of England Co-operative Stand

Special thanks to Owen Pavey for supplying the photos for this page.

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Fixtures 2014-2015
Ipswich Town fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

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Programme
Official Programme: £3.

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Disabled Facilities
For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field website.

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Record & Average Attendance
Record 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.


Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 17,111
(Championship League)
2012-2013: 17,526
(Championship League)
2011-2012: 18,267 (Championship League)

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Ground Layout

Portman Road Stadium Plan

Fans Reviews Of Portman Road

Leon Francis (Preston North End) 4/1/14
Thomas Sperrink (Wolverhampton Wanderers) 19/9/12
Matt Duckworth (Doing the 92) 18/8/12
Alex Luke (Reading) 26/11/11
Jimmy Day (Scunthorpe United) 19/3/11

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Hotel Accommodation
If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They offer all types of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced Apartments. Plus their booking system is straightforward and easy to use. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going. The Hotels listing also includes details of how far away the accommodation is located from the Portman Road football ground.

Access their Ipswich Hotels and Guest Houses page.

Remember that you can use the above link or panel below to book any other hotels that you may need for business or leisure, either in the UK or abroad.


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Map Showing Location of Portman Road, Railway Station and listed Pubs


 

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Last Updated: 5 October 2014