Fratton Park to screen coverage of Wimbledon sell-out

Micah Hall
Micah Hall

Pompey are beaming back live coverage to Fratton Park of the weekend clash at AFC Wimbledon.

Just 828 tickets have been allocated to Blues followers for Saturday’s fixture – now all snapped up through a ballot.

The fixture overall is a sell-out for the 4,850-capacity stadium in Kingston.

Such has been the demand among Pompey fans, however, the club have employed a satellite company to provide a live stream back to Fratton. To be beamed onto the new screen constructed over the Milton end, commentary from Express FM will also be synchronised.

In addition, club legend Alan Knight will provide half-time analysis on the pitch using a microphone.

The event is priced at £6 for adults and £3 concessions, with all seats in the Fratton end.

A total of 500 programmes from the game, produced by Bishops Printers, will also be on sale, while supporters can use QikServe to order food and alcohol to their seats.

Meanwhile, the Victory Bar and food kiosks will also be open to fans in attendance.

Engagement manager Micah Hall estimates between 1,100 to 1,200 will need to attend to reach the break-even figure.

Of monies made, 20 per cent needs to be given to Wimbledon, while five per cent is collected by the Football League.

And Hall is hoping the occasion proves to be a hit among Pompey supporters to ensure it is repeated in the future.

He said: ‘We knew the demand was going to be unbelievable for tickets for the Wimbledon game.

‘We had to do something to ensure people saw the match, so we sat down and came up with this.

‘We have gone out on a bit of a limb so I am really hoping people will come out and back it.

‘It could well be in the future there will be other restricted allocation for away matches so I am really hopeful beaming games back could be a regular thing.

‘We will do it as often as we feel there is a demand – although it has to break even.

‘There will be 500 Wimbledon programmes on sale and fans can have drink and pies delivered to their seats through the QikServe app.

‘I’m really hoping for a great day and Saturday at Fratton Park can be the next best thing to actually being there.

‘It’s down to the fans now to show the demand is there and hopefully we all will be cheering a Pompey victory on the day.’

A special ticket can be bought for £25, which also gives a year’s subscription to the Pompey Player at a discounted rate.

Tickets can be bought from Frogmore Road or https://tickets.portsmouthfc.co.uk/Online/