Lampitt dedicates Chelsea visit to fans

Nicolas Anelka, Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard could be in the Chelsea side that meets Pompey in pre-season

Nicolas Anelka, Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard could be in the Chelsea side that meets Pompey in pre-season

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David Lampitt hailed luring Premier League powerhouses Chelsea to Fratton Park and told fans: This is for you.

The Blues chief executive explained attracting a marquee name for a pre-season friendly was an ambition for the club, as they looked to show appreciation for supporters’ loyalty.

Pompey were also keen to reduce prices as a way of a thank you, with the club operating a ‘kids for a quid’ scheme for the game.

Tickets for children under 16 will cost just £1 for those bought in advance and on the day, as the west London giants arrive for the clash on July 16.

Pompey will use the occasion to unveil their new away kit for next season – one of three new strips they are introducing.

Seats bought in advance for the game will cost £15 for adults, £10 for seniors (over-60) and young persons (17-20).

Tickets for adults bought on the day will cost £20 for adults and £15 for concessions. Lampitt is hopeful the prices will attract a decent turnout to the game, with the focus on making it affordable for families.

He said: ‘It’s a match we can all look forward to.

‘In terms of the ticketing, we have to agree the ticket prices in partnership with our opponents. We were keen to do something promotional, though.

‘We wanted to do the “kids for a quid” scheme. Hopefully, that will encourage a lot of families to come along as we wanted to thank supporters.’

With Pompey arriving back for training at the start of July, the pre-season meeting with Chelsea arrives earlier than usually is the case.

But the Blues had no doubt about organising the fixture and can’t wait to see Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard, Fernando Torres & co at Fratton Park.

Lampitt said: ‘We’re delighted to attract one of the really big clubs to play us in a big fixture.

‘It’s a real coup for the club and we’re definitely looking forward to giving them a warm welcome.’

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