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Bumper Crowd For Reading Contest

Attendance was highest for 14 years

19 February 2024

Fixture News

Bumper Crowd For Reading Contest

Attendance was highest for 14 years

19 February 2024

Pompey are currently flying high at the top of League One as they bid for promotion to the Championship.

And thanks to the recently completed stadium redevelopment works, there have been more people inside Fratton Park to witness their fine form for well over a decade.

Saturday’s impressive 4-1 victory over Reading attracted the largest crowd of the season, with a gate of 20,113.

It was the first time more than 20,000 were inside the ground since a 2-2 Championship draw with Leeds in January 2011.

And it was the highest attendance since Birmingham were beaten in March 2010 to book the top-flight Blues a place in the FA Cup semi-finals.

That can be attributed in part to significant investment from our owners, facilitating a multi-million-pound stadium-wide renovation project.

This has not only increased the capacity – which had been reduced in recent seasons – but also elevated the overall matchday experience for fans.

"It makes a massive difference to have them behind the goal at the Milton End – it just makes the atmosphere even better."

John Mousinho

The works began in the North Stand during the 2021/22 campaign before moving on to the South Stand the following season and, finally, the Milton End has now recently been completed.

A notable highlight of the works has been the introduction of a lift in the north-east corner to provide access to accessible seating areas in the North Upper and Milton End, offering a significant improvement for home and away disabled fans, as well as for those who would prefer not to use stairs.

With the work complete, there are more seats available for sale to our own supporters.

And with Pompey fans now present behind both goals, John Mousinho believes it will continue to have a positive impact on the atmosphere.

The Blues boss said: “There were times in the first half on Saturday when it was as loud as it’s been at Fratton Park for a long time.

“Thankfully we were able to treat the fans to a few goals and it’s a massive privilege for me, the coaching staff and the players.

“It makes a massive difference to have them behind the goal at the Milton End – it just makes the atmosphere even better.

“The supporters have been absolutely brilliant throughout the season and hopefully it’s a sign of things to come over the final 12 games.”


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