Portman Road, Ipswich IP1 2DA
Portman Road is home to Ipswich Town Football Club. It has been the club’s home ground since 1884. The stadium is located on the west side of Ipswich, near the north bank of the River Orwell.
It has had a number of renovations and updates over the years. The original wooden stand, known as the Chicken Run, was sold to the speedway in the 1970s, paving the way for a brand-new stadium. Today, it has a capacity of 30,311, making it the largest-capacity football ground in East Anglia.
The pitch is surrounded by four covered, multi-tier, all-seater stands:
- The Sir Bobby Robson Stand
- The Cobbold Stand
- The Sir Alf Ramsey Stand
- The East of England Co-operative Stand
The highest attendance recorded at Portman Road is 38,010 for a match against Leeds United in the FA Cup sixth round on 8th March 1975. The record modern (all-seated) attendance is 30,152. It was set on 21st December 2003, in a Division One clash against local rivals, Norwich City.
The stadium has hosted one international England game, against Croatia in 2003. England won 3-1. The stadium has also hosted several music concerts, including performances by Elton John, R.E.M., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pink, Neil Diamond, Tina Turner, and Rod Stewart.
In addition to football, the stadium has hosted athletics meetings, international hockey matches and Christian religious gatherings.
Portman Road Stadium is less than 500 yards from Ipswich train station, making it easy for visitors to reach. There is nearby parking, but it can get very busy. Fortunately, there is a park and ride car park not far away. If you are driving to the Stadium, park and ride is the best way to go.