Away days – Portman Road, Ipswich

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Aston Villa has sold their full allocation of 2,020 for the trip to Portman Road when they take on Ipswich Town in the Championship on Saturday afternoon.

Portman Road has been the home of Ipswich Town since 1884 and has also staged many other events such as athletics, international football and hockey matches, music concerts and Christian events.

The stadium is made up of four stands, the newly developed Sir Alf Ramsey Stand and Sir Bobby Robson Stand. As well as the smaller older stands, Cobbold Stand and East of England Co-op Stand. There is an all-seater capacity of 30,300.

Feel free to read the clubs ground regulations here.

THE AWAY SUPPORTERS

The away supporters are housed on the one side of the Upper tier of the Cobbold Stand where just over 2,000 supporters can be housed. It isn’t the best of stands with views being restricted the further back you sit in the stand. The facilities are in needs of a little TLC while legroom isn’t the best.

On top of that, the stewards are fairly strict with supporters and are quick to eject supporters from the stadium should the break any of their rules.

They have the usual food on offer which includes; Pasties (£3), Pies (£3.50), Rollover Hot Dogs (£3.30) and Jumbo Sausage Rolls (£3).

Alcohol is also available inside Portman Road depending on fan behaviour with the usual Bitter (£3.40), Carlsberg (£3.60, Cyder (£3.90) and wine (£3.90) all on offer. Alcohol is not served at half-time.

ANY CHANCE OF A BEER?

Punch & Judy is popular at Portman RoadThe Riverside Hotel is the most popular place to drink for away supporters at Portman Road. It backs onto a river and is located right next to the train station. The postcode is IP2 8AJ and is a five-minute walk away from the ground.

Another pub that has a mixture of both home and away fans is the Punch & Judy. It is a Fayre & Square pub so it will be the usual food type pub. They are closing on April 22nd for redecorating so they may just offer a deal or two.

Fans are also advised to drink in the town centre with ‘Lord Nelson‘ being popular or you have the newly re-developed Waterfront area that has a host of bars and restaurants on offer.

HOW DO I GET THERE?

Leave the A14 onto the A12A4 into Ipswich and Portman Road is very well signposted.

A train from Birmingham New Street to Ipswich Railway Station will take 3-4 hours depending on the service you use.



PARKING

There are three Pay & Display car parks located along Portman Road which will set you back £4 for four hours. Despite being close to the ground, a quick exit after the game isn’t unusual.

There is also an NCP multi-storey car park next to Ipswich Railway Station which costs £2.70 all day on a Saturday.

EXTRA INFORMATION

If you have Twitter then it is well worth following the official WMP Villa FC account. PC Stuart Bladen usually tweets live updates throughout the day.

Discuss your visit to Portman Road here.

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