Designer builds Fratton Park out of Lego

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It’s Fratton Park - but not as Pompey fans know it.

This painstakingly-constructed version of the famous old stadium is constructed entirely from Lego bricks.

It’s one of a series of football grounds built by designer Chris Smith.

The Crystal Palace fan started with a scale model of his favourites’ home ground Selhurst Park and has since turned his pastime into a money earner.

Now he sells the stadiums on his website - the Fratton Park model made of more than 1,500 bricks will set you back £279.99 - and his aim is to produce versions of all 92 Premiership and Football League grounds as well as major stadiums in Scotland.

The 32-year-old from Altrincham in Lancashire, who was asked to recreate Wembley as part of an exhibition for the national stadium, said: ‘I suppose that’s the appeal of it – the challenge.

‘I was very lucky as I got some funding from the government to start up my business.’

He said he took around two to three weeks to design and construct the first version each new stadium, working from scratch off pictures on the internet.

‘I was surprised to find out that Lego football stadiums simply didn’t exist - I could only find American stadiums’ said the former primary school teacher.

‘I thought that I may as well give this a go. I don’t visit any of the stadiums, as I think I would see too much detail – it’s more about trying to find what works in Lego bricks.’

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