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Is it Horsea or nowhere for Pompey now?

Is it Horsea or nowhere for Pompey now?

Peter Storrie has said that the proposed move to Horsea Island for our new stadium could be our last option - so it could be that or nothing, although he is confident that this move will happen...

We all love Fratton, but remaining at our long term home will not give us as much leeway to fulfil the true potential that the clubs hierarchy believe we have, as do we.

Permission has been granted to rotate Fratton and increase this to a 28,000 capacity stadium, but as Storrie has told the Pompey Site this just does not compare to the potential of our proposed new home: 'this has to be it because there are no other options - there is nowhere else.

'We have planning permission to turn around the Fratton Park pitch but that will only give us a capacity of 28,000 and won't give us the infrastructure we need.

'We've won the FA Cup with the smallest stadium in the league and with a very expensive squad - the mathematics just don't work.

'We need a new stadium and all the infrastructures that go with it like boxes, lounges and better catering facilities.

'We had 200,000 people come out and support us for the parade after we won the FA Cup and we need those people to do the same now to make sure we get planning permission.

'We want to get the planning application in as quickly as we can. We're working heavily on that and hope to get permission at the end of this year or early next year so we can start building as soon as possible.'

There is also the possibility of seeing world cup football played in Portsmouth as should the 2018 world cup bid be successful the FA have already indicated that they would be interested in seeing football on the south coast, with Pompey strongly backed to be one of the bases.

The proposals for the new stadium are as we know for a 36,000 seater, but it is being build with the potential to increase this further still to a 45,000 seater - something that the FA would require it to be to stage such an event as he also explained: 'we have designed this with the 2018 World Cup in mind. That would mean the capacity would have to increase to 45,000, but we do have the potential to do that.

'It's a much wider issue than just the stadium though. It's about the infrastructure of the whole city.

'The FA have already been down here to talk to Portsmouth City Council and see if they would be interested in bidding to be one of the cities used.

'The indication is that Portsmouth will bid to be one of those cities. I think if they do it would be very successful because the FA want to see representation from all over the country, not just London, Manchester and a few other areas.

'It would be fantastic for the city and the whole area if we could bring World Cup football to Portsmouth.'

So the move of homes is not just important to the Portsmouth Football Club, it is also something that could be vitally important to Portsmouth as a City both in a decades time and in the years in between, so hopefully this time the councils will approve this and give us the help that we need to help this fantastic football club as well as the wonderful city that is Portsmouth, as both will benefit with this happening...


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Date:Wednesday June 18 2008
Time: 10:05PM


Let's just hope it all gets the green light. It amazes me anything gets built in the area!
18/06/2008 22:14:00
Don't want to rain on anyone's parade, but I have a friend at Port Solent who told me that they already had an opposition strategy forming 4 months ago. I was taken on one side and told darkly "it won't happen, you know". But I have a positive feeling about this one. Everything I have read so far in the papers has been positive. The fact that we have won the FA Cup will count for a lot in the months of struggle ahead. This is one tool we have not had before. Besides, I can't think of anywhere else to put the stadium, we seem to have exhausted all avenues.
18/06/2008 22:26:00
I agree Gandor, We have to strike while the Iron's hot and the memory is fresh. I do have a good feeling for this one, which is more than i've had for the last few!!
18/06/2008 22:36:00
PCC (who are slow at the best of times) must have seen the crowds at the Parade, they must have seen the spend power and without shoving it up their noses, they must be now be realising that this can only be a good thing for Portsmouth. Talk of international games can only whet the appetites of all the Hotels, restaurants, clubs, taxis, etc., etc. Every day, famous footballing names are linked with Pompey. To my mind, PFC must now go on a PA exercise and keep the momentum going anyway they can.
18/06/2008 23:00:00
Agreed again gandor, our stock has NEVER been higher
18/06/2008 23:15:00
Gandor - Spot on - Can stand NIMBY's especially those who for no other reason think they (alone) have a democratic right to opposed something one the grounds that they 'just don't like it'.... My biggest worry here is not PCC as I'm sure they'll have to be in bed with the MOD who offered us the land ... but how long will it be before a budding Bill Oddie realises that the lesser spotted one eared ragworm lives on the site and must be protected.. Fingers (and other bit of the body) crossed on this one
19/06/2008 00:34:00
Well Gun Wharf & the Tower got built eventually. What a positive difference that has made to the city. The nightmare of a Tricorn centre & carpark eventually went, thankfully & now the football ground, we hope. Sod the NIMBYS we must all fight for this.
19/06/2008 07:26:00
Where were all the nimbys when Port Solent was built? Do thet really prefer leaving next to a land-fill dump? I think the lure of World cup football in the City will sway PCC on this one, having the whole world gazing at the city will be a big factor
19/06/2008 07:44:00
Can't see what the Nimby's have to protest about - they already live adjacent to the biggest trash can in Southern England.
19/06/2008 07:53:00
Surely the port solent residents would prefer the development of a state of the art area which will contain shops apartments & a stadium that will hold many different events, it would only add to what is a very dull area that is called the boardwalk now getting past its sell by date but if you asked all the yacth berth holders in the port solent Marina i think you would get a positive feedback.
19/06/2008 08:38:00
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