POMPEY’S new owners are asking for ideas on how to improve Fratton Park to make it a better ground for supporters.
Convers Sports Initiatives’ Roman Dubov told The News that the stadium would be Pompey’s home for at least the next four years.
But in the meantime they want to give fans a better matchday experience – and want ideas on how to do so.
In an interview at Convers’ London headquarters, Mr Dubov told The News: ‘Right now and until the new year we are trying to improve the facilities.
‘For the next two, three, four years we will be staying at Fratton Park, and we want to make it better and for people to have a great experience here.’
He added: ‘Next month we will be asking local designers in Portsmouth to give us ideas on how we can improve the stadium.
‘We want it to look better, prettier.’
Mr Dubov has insisted there are currently no plans to move stadiums – such as the once-planned ground at Horsea Island – or redeveloping Fratton.
But he revealed his lawyers are working with previous owner Sacha Gaydamak in an attempt to buy back land at Anson Road and the main car park around Fratton Park that used to belong to the club.
That would pave the way for the stadium to be redeveloped at some point in the future, but the negotiations are complicated and will take some time.
With Mr Gaydamak owing money to the club, and the club owing him millions as a secured creditor, deals to buy the land are going to be long and complicated.
But they are in progress.
Mr Dubov, who co-owns Pompey along with Vladimir Antonov, said: ‘The land is quite important for the club, and we have our lawyers working on papers so we will see what we can do.’
Meanwhile, Mr Dubov has also pledged that his company will not repeat the mistakes of the previous owners and set ticket prices too high.
He said: ‘It was not us who put up the prices for the season tickets but we’ve got a number of initiatives, such as the Super-Six and family tickets, to increase attendances and bring more people to the stadium because it’s a very important part of the business.
‘Next year we promise the ticket pricing will be better.
‘We cannot change anything, but we want to increase what fans get for their money.’
The owners have a five-year plan to secure the club’s financial future, and they will be working with a new commercial director, who begins his role next week, to finalise it.
Fans, however, may never know the details of that plan, because of its commercial sensitivity.
But Mr Dubov said: ‘If we can make part of our plans public, we will.’
He added: ‘It’s very important for us to say we don’t want to give the fans any empty promises, and we’re not big fans of being interviewed or making our lives public, but we do want to explain what we want for the club.’