Catlin pleased with Pompey’s Westleigh Park agreement

Kal Naismith on the ball for Pompey against the Hawks. Picture: Joe Pepler
Kal Naismith on the ball for Pompey against the Hawks. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Pompey chief executive Mark Catlin believes using Westleigh Park to host tonight’s friendly with Coventry City makes financial sense.

The home of the Hawks will stage Paul Cook’s fourth friendly of the season with the visit of the League One side (7.30pm).

Fair to say it is very much a joint venture and, from the club’s point of view, we are expecting it to be financially viable to hold it at a club like Havant because running costs are lower

Mark Catlin

With Fratton Park’s pitch not yet ready to host fixtures, Pompey have agreed to instead use Westleigh Park’s facilities.

The Blues and the Hawks will subsequently split gate receipts for a match which has a top price of £10.

And Catlin is adamant Coventry’s visit will be financially beneficial for both.

He said: ‘Paul (Cook) was looking for another game that would give him a strong test before the start of the season.

‘We rang Havant and came to a financial agreement in about 30 seconds.

‘It is beneficial financially to both parties.

‘Fair to say it is very much a joint venture and, from the club’s point of view, we are expecting it to be financially viable to hold it at a club like Havant because running costs are lower.

‘Pre-season fixtures held at Fratton Park very rarely generate too much once match-day costs are involved and affect any sort of profit.

‘The reason we are not holding any friendlies this summer is a direct result of hosting the Madness concert, which did generate a significant amount of profit.’

Pompey played their first match of the pre-season at the Hawks earlier in the month, the sides sharing a 1-1 draw.

That fixture attracted a crowd of 2,520, with a top price of £15.

Tickets for tonight’s fixture are available at £10 for adult, £5 for seniors (aged 61 and above) and £5 for juniors (under-17s).