THE number of seats at Fratton Park is being temporarily reduced for Saturday’s fixture with Oxford United.
Following safety concerns after an inspection by Portsmouth City Council, the stadium’s capacity has been temporarily set at 18,200 – a reduction of 2,500 from its all-seated capacity.
The decision has been influenced by concerns over uneven terrace step heights in emergency evacuation areas.
Chief executive Mark Catlin said: ‘Although this is naturally disappointing news, it’s important that supporters are aware we have worked tirelessly behind the scenes with Portsmouth City Council for the last three months to actually get the capacity to the figure that has been set for the Oxford fixture.
‘I must stress that this is a temporary reduction and that we are already in the process of preparing a robust schedule of works to enable us to once again increase our capacity up to previous levels.
‘The safety and security of supporters at Fratton Park has, and always will be, our primary concern.’
A statement said the reduction was ‘a legacy of the past lack of maintenance and investment in infrastructure at Fratton Park’.