Claygate wrote:If the rumours are true and we build a new Milton End, sounds like we are staying at Fratton Park? Why spend a few million on a temporary stand if it only increases the capacity by 1,000? Unless of course corporate hospitality is included, which is where the real match day revenue can be generated.
I would be disappointed if the current orientation was retained. As we cannot satisfy UEFA pitch size or axis (goals to be North to South) requirements if we were to reach the Premier League (long way off I know!). Plus we would be limited to a capacity of 30k. Unless the Club buy all the houses on Carrisbrooke road behind the South stand and on Alverstone road behind the Milton End to build a second tier. Although it would be a lop sided ground, due to the substation location. Whereas reorientation of the pitch 90 degrees can design out the sub-station, provide a capacity of 35k plus and logistically is easier to build. The cost differential is about 5-10% according to the Trusts own ground development report of 2017 I think.
As with all these things these days the local councils have a huge role to play. PFC & PCC are aware of the problems after a game with lots of people walking in the road down to the station because the pavement is full. So H&S comes into play. If you want to raise the capacity how do you get all us punters to & in particular out again safely. Infrastructure of the surrounding area has to be improved. Parking, Park n Ride, access to Fratton Station etc all needs to be looked @.
So even before we raise the capacity to anywhere near 30,000 there is so much to do with regard to H&S. This isn't PCC being obstructive its whats now required anywhere. Problem for us is we're so shoehorned in its difficult @ 1st glance to see how it can be done. But the masterplan is about to be revealed & Donna Jones from the Council has been working with the club for the best part of a year iirc. So hopefully some vg news on the way soon.