|Fratton Park in September 2006|
|place||Portsmouth , UK|
|playing area||105 × 66.5 m|
The stadium was built in 1898 and has been renovated several times since then. Today it consists of four grandstands, each of which has only seats. The largest and most modern grandstand was named Fratton End , the grandstands along the playing field are called the North and South Grandstands, these two largest grandstands are each two-story. Opposite the Fratton End is the smallest grandstand, which was also the only uncovered grandstand of the Premier League until 2007, the Milton End . Since the roofing, the grandstand has been called the Apollo stand after a sponsor . The guest block is mainly located here.
A floodlit league match was played at Fratton Park for the first time in English football history in February 1956 when Portsmouth FC met Newcastle United . It is the only stadium in English professional football that is not on the mainland.
New building plans
Due to the old age and the small capacity of the stadium, new construction plans for a modern football arena with the project name Portsmouth Dockland Stadium were available elsewhere. It was to be built according to the plans of the architects Herzog & de Meuron on Horsea Island, a previously military peninsula off the north coast of Portsmouth. A capacity of 36,000 seats was planned. The current club area with the stadium was to be converted into a residential and business area. In 2010, the Premier League club had to file for bankruptcy due to financial difficulties and slide into the fourth-rate Football League Two by 2013 . The stadium plans were thus obsolete.
Average attendance and visitor record
The attendance record in old Fratton Park dates back to February 26, 1949, when the FA Cup played in the 6th round in 1948/49 . The game against Derby County saw 51,385 visitors. The largest crowd in the fully-seated stadium gathered for the 2009/10 Premier League match on October 17, 2009 against Tottenham Hotspur with 20,821 visitors in Fratton Park.
- 2012/13: 12,232 ( Football League One )
- 2013/14: 15,461 ( Football League Two )
- 2014/15: 15,242 (Football League Two)
- 2015/16: 16,391 (Football League Two)
- 2016/17: 16,823 (Football League Two)
- portsmouthfc.co.uk: Portsmouth FC website (English)
- footballgroundguide.com: Stadium Guide (English)
- stadioncheck.de: German-language website with photos and information about the stadium
- news.bbc.co.uk: Pompey announce new stadium plan article from April 25, 2007 (English)
- footballgroundguide.com: average attendance and record attendance (English)