Fratton Park to undergo revamp

Vladimir Antonov
Vladimir Antonov
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Pompey are to spend more than £100,000 revamping Fratton Park in the next few months.

New owners Convers Sports Initiatives have earmarked a raft of improvements to the famous old ground.

This includes giving the Victory Lounge a face lift to allow some fans in for free on a matchday.

The home dressing room has been improved.

Meanwhile, the guttering on the south stand has also been fixed to prevent supporters getting a drenching in wet weather.

In addition, toilets around the ground will be refurbished over the course of the season, while the Frogmore Road guest entrance has been enhanced.

Finally, the Milton end screen will be moved from the corner into the centre of the stand.

The moves are part of a programme to repair and maintain Fratton Park over the next few months.

It has been driven by the new owners – Roman Dubov, Vladimir Antonov and Chris Akers – who have already demonstrated their eagerness to invest in the infrastructure of the club after taking over from Balram Chainrai and Levi Kushnir.

Since June 1, £130,000 has been spent on relaying pitches at the club’s Eastleigh training ground.

Steve Cotterill has also been given a transfer kitty, bringing in the likes of Greg Halford and Luke Varney ahead of the new season.

Now Fratton Park is the next to receive investment.

The Victory Lounge has already been re-floored and, by the end of next month, will have been split into two.

Around two-thirds of the space will be allocated for fans to use free on a matchday.

The remainder of the area will be for members only.

Elsewhere, the next few months will see the big screen moved and toilets revamped.