IT’S a new dawn at Fratton Park and fans today queued outside the ground to get their hands on the eagerly anticipated season tickets.
Tickets went on sales today and many fans have already snapped theirs up.
There was a queue of fans outside the club’s ticket office in Frogmore Road.
Micah Hall, the Pompey engagement manager, said: ‘I think that we have probably exceeded last year’s opening day by about 1pm which is pretty fantastic.
‘Last year’s opening day was in June so it was later.
‘People appreciate what we are trying to do. All the money that they give us will go into the club and do good for the club.
‘The people running the club are doing it for no other reason than they want to be here and see the club progress.
‘The atmosphere has been fantastic. Everybody is really happy. We are really glad that people are buying in to what we are trying to do.’
Fan Angela Brooks, 73, from Portchester, said: ‘I have been coming to Fratton Park since I was 14.
‘It will be quite different but we are such a community club that we just stick together.
‘There’s no other club in the country quite like us and there never will be. This has made us even more united.
‘I can’t wait for the season to start and I just hope that it’s all going to fall into place.’
Shareholders were given a discount, and fans could also save money by paying up front with cash.
Barry Harmer, 67, from The Brow in Widley, said: ‘It;s a new adventure. I always get excited at the beginning of the season anyway.
‘Hopefully we’ll have a bit of integrity about the way the club is run. It should be run as more of a business.’
Neighbour John Bridgman, 79, added: ‘I enjoy coming down here and I think this season has got a lot to offer.
‘Good entertainment and hopefully good crowds – that’s what we’re hoping for.’
Roger Thorne, 72, also from The Brow, added: ‘1947 was the first time my dad took me down here.
‘There’s never been any other club that I would consider supporting other than Portsmouth.
‘My father printed the programmes for the club in the late 40s and early 50s and so therefore I was brought up with it. So I really wanted to renew this season because it’s like a new challenge.
‘They are starting down in League 2 now and it will be very interesting to follow them as they try to get promoted up through the leagues.’