PORTSMOUTH: FA Cup winners Portsmouth announced plans to build a new 36,000-capacity waterfront stadium yesterday.
Harry Redknapp’s team have played at Fratton Park since 1898, but the tiny capacity of 20,200 doesn’t allow the club to satisfy demand for tickets so they are set to move to a site at the gateway of the Hampshire city.
The new development, on a former landfill site overlooking Portsmouth harbour, would also include an indoor exhibition centre with a 10,000 capacity.
Work will start next year subject to planning permission and the stadium is being designed by Swiss-based architects Herzog and de Meuron, who are responsible for the Beijing National Stadium, the centrepiece of this year’s Olympics, and the Allianz Arena stadium in Munich.
The proposals also include a new diving training facility for the Royal Navy and a residential, retail and leisure complex.
Portsmouth chief executive Peter Storrie said: “We only have one word to describe this stadium perfection.