Visiting Portman Road
Portman Road has a seating capacity of just over 30,000 with four separate stands - Cobbold Stand, Sir Alf Ramsey Stand, Magnus Group West Stand and the Sir Bobby Robson Stand.
The away end is usually blocks V1 and V2 of the Cobbold Stand, with the adjacent block E being used for larger away crowds.
Sir Alf Ramsey Stand
Main seating area for home fans at the south end of the stadium, which also houses the Club's premier corporate restaurant area and seating on matchdays.
Magnus Group West Stand
Consisting of the both family and normal seating for home fans as well as the Directors Box, executive corporate boxes and seating and the press/media area.
Sir Bobby Robson Stand
The lower Sir Bobby Robson stand is traditionally for the 'more vocal' Town fans and is sold only to adults.
Ipswich Town Football Club
Club Telephone Number: 01473 400 500
Ticket Office Number: 03330 05 05 03
Company Registration Number: 315421
VAT Registration Number: 781 5016 36
For those travelling by train, Ipswich station is only 5 to 10 minutes’ walk from the ground.
For away fans, there are two main train routes into Ipswich, from London and from Peterborough.
The Peterborough option may be easier or cheaper if you are travelling from anywhere that passes that way – but trains are at best hourly, are a maximum of three coaches (can be two or even one), and there are limited options post-match (none at all after evening games).
From London, there are 2-3 trains an hour, all from London Liverpool Street. The train company is Greater Anglia operated by Abellio (www.greateranglia.co.uk). The faster trains go on to Norwich, are air-conditioned and have a buffet bar. Some trains stop at Stratford for easy suburban rail, tube, Overground, DLR and bus connections – before planning to change at Stratford, please check that it isn’t easier to go via Liverpool St.
At peak times, trains out of London are very busy with commuter traffic – especially from 4pm – 6pm weekdays.
After evening games, the train options back to London are limited – there is usually a 2143 (you’ll need to nip out early to get this one), a 2223 and a 2238. Check carefully via www.greateranglia.co.uk and also www.tfl.gov.uk for any planned engineering works that might impact your journey – last season it was very difficult for fans living beyond Greater London to get home by train after an evening game.
If you have a Network South-East card, it is probably worth splitting your ticket at Manningtree (just a few miles short of Ipswich and the end of the railcard validity). You do not need to get out at Manningtree, but you must be on a train that actually stops there.
Many fans will use train-specific Advance tickets – from experience, you may miss your connection at Liverpool Street but if this does happen, then go to the Greater Anglia information point on the concourse where they’ll usually revalidate your Ipswich-bound ticket with a world-weary smile.
We’d recommend allowing at least an extra hour for your journey to Ipswich, as delays are by no means unknown. There are ticket checks on all mainline trains, and barriers at London Liverpool Street and Ipswich stations.
Note that there are long-term engineering works which affect the main line from London to Ipswich from time to time. These require the use of rail replacement buses for a considerable part of the journey. We advise that you check before buying tickets. In many cases, your club’s official coach travel may be quicker than the train.
Any information on planned engineering works which will affect your game with ITFC be provided in your club specific away fans guide.
Whatever your travel plans, it’s worth checking www.greateranglia.co.uk for updated times and any late changes to engineering works.
There are two main road routes to Ipswich. If you are travelling from the Midlands or North, then you will use the A14. From London, the South-East, South-West or South Wales, then you will (probably) use the A12.
From the Midlands and North:
Make your way to the A14, joining it at the start from the M6 or M1, or near Huntingdon from the A1. If you are not sure whether to use the M1 or A1, we’d suggest that the A1 tends to be slightly less congested, and has easier work-arounds in the event of major delays.
The A14 is a very busy road throughout the day, carrying most of the container traffic from the port of Felixstowe, as well as linking the M11 to the A1. The section of the A14 between Huntingdon and Cambridge is always very busy, even at weekends. If you are lucky enough to avoid delays, then beware of average speed cameras which cover about 25 miles from Huntingdon to the east of Cambridge. Also note that there are long-term roadworks and speed restrictions on the A14 between Huntingdon and Cambridge, as the entire section is being rebuilt. This is causing even worse delays than you would normally expect on that stretch, and occasional full overnight closures.
We generally recommend allowing at least an hour beyond the AA / Google / SatNav suggested journey time, to allow for possible delays.
From London, the South-East, South-West and South Wales
The simple advice is to make your way to the M25, and then join the A12 near Brentwood (junction 28 of the M25). It then takes about an hour to the ground, subject of course to traffic delays, especially at peak times. If you are starting in the South-West or South Wales, you do have the option of driving via the Birmingham area (M42 to M6), though this is usually a bit slower than the London / M25 route.
We generally recommend allowing at least an hour beyond the AA / Google / SatNav suggested journey time, to allow for possible delays.
The last few miles
Sat Navs vary in their recommended route into town, but whichever way you go, it shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes from the A12 or A14 to the ground.
For those without Sat Nav, once you reach the junction of the A12 and A14, just south of Ipswich, take the A1214 (London Road) for a couple of miles into town. As you approach the town centre area, there’s a Sainsbury’s supermarket on the left – at this point, go straight on past Sainsbury’s and then almost immediately right onto West End road. Take the first left (after about half a mile) onto Sir Alf Ramsey Way and you’ve arrived.
Note that the roads immediately behind the Cobbold and Sir Bobby Robson stands are closed about 90 minutes before the game, so to access the NCP car park on Portman Road you will need to continue on London Road, straight on to Handford Road and then turn right at a set of traffic lights onto Portman Road (if you miss the turning, just do a U-turn at the roundabout with Civic Drive, turning back onto Handford Road, then taking the first left into Portman Road).
Away coaches usually park in the West End Road car park, 5 minutes’ walk from the ground. There are some exceptions to this rule – these will be notified in the match-specific guide that we send out two weeks before the fixture to each club. The Station Hotel (away fans pub – see below) is just a couple of minutes away – go towards the road bridge over the river, at the east end of the car park, turn right and you’ll find the pub the other side of the river, right opposite the railway station.
There is no official stadium car park, but there is parking all around the ground. The closest is a large NCP on Portman Road (right by the away end), which usually has spaces up to at least 45 minutes before kick-off, and it’s worth checking later. There’s also a large car park on West End Road (5 minutes’ walk away) and at the railway station (less than 10 minutes). The town centre is less than 10 minutes’ walk, and has numerous car parks, as you’d expect. Being a town centre ground, most streets are controlled (residents only) parking, so free on-road parking tends to be at least a 20-minute walk away. As usual, the car parks nearest the ground are a bit slow to clear after the game – for a quicker exit, use the railway station car park, and exit left out of the station onto Burrell Road / Ranelagh Road (B1075), then (after about a mile) left onto the A1214.
Park and Ride
Ipswich Park & Ride buses run from two car parks. The first is on the London Road, just off the Copdock A12 / A14 Interchange, which brings you from the A14 into Ipswich. The second is the Martlesham Park & Ride which is just off the A12 south of Woodbridge. Parking at both sites is free, you only pay for your bus ticket.
Fares are £3.50 per adult, £2.50 for 5 – 19 year olds and £7.00 for a group of up to five (maximum 2 adults), reducing to £2.50, £2.00 and £5.00 respectively after 12noon each day and all day Saturday. Concession tickets are £2.00 all day. Buses operate up to every 15 minutes from 7am to 7pm Monday to Saturday and drop off/pick up in West End Road and Princes Street (both a few minutes’ walk from the ground). For evening games, late buses (Service no. 66) run back to the Martlesham car park only at 22:15 and 23:15.
More information can be found here: www.ipswichparkandride.co.uk.
Official away pub
The Station Hotel (formerly the Riverside Hotel) is opposite the station, and is the official away pub. It is roomy, has a garden and TV screens, and three beers on handpump from the Greene King stable.
Most of the other pubs close to the ground are home fans only, and few pubs around the town, if any, will welcome groups of away fans. As always, couples, families and older people will find it a bit easier to slip into a town centre pub for a quiet beer or two. Note that, on a match-by-match basis, police may designate other pubs in the town centre as home fans only.
There is a FanZone at the stadium but this is strictly open to home fans only. There are ticket checks at the door.
The matchday programme can be purchased outside the stadium from the white, tardis-like kiosks.
As at most away grounds, you can expect to be searched prior to entering the ground. Ipswich Town also uses a trained search dog and some stewards now wear body cameras.
Large bags will not be permitted to be taken into the stadium. By way of guidance, nothing larger than a standard carrier bag will be allowed. There are no facilities to leave bags.
A number of clubs have agreed reciprocal pricing offered by ITFC for the 2017/18 season. If your club is one of these it means that your tickets will be substantially cheaper than you paid last season with adult tickets at £25.00. Concession prices are available for Seniors over 65, under 23s and under 19s. Wheelchair and ambulant disabled tickets are priced at the relevant age category with the exception of Adults who pay the same price as a Senior concession – these tickets include a carer. (See below for contact information for disabled fans).
If your club has not signed up for the reciprocal pricing adult tickets will be £25 in the lower tier (ambulant disabled), £30 in the Upper Tier wings (Blocks V1 and V2) and £35 in the Upper Tier Central (Block E).
If tickets are available on the day you will be able to purchase these at turnstiles 10 and 11. These are cash turnstiles with no debit or credit card facilities for away fans. The previous practice of increasing the price by £2.50 on a matchday has been discontinued. We will advise your SLO as soon as we know whether tickets will be available on the turnstile.
The nearest cash machines to the stadium are a 5-10 minute walk away, (a) at the railway station, (b) at the Cardinal Park leisure zone, and (c) in the town centre itself.
Hungry or thirsty
Food and drink facilities are what you’d expect (pies, hot dogs, confectionery etc). Alcohol availability in the away end is determined on a match-by-match basis. We will advise your SLO as soon as we have the relevant information.
Portman Road is a no smoking stadium. This includes e-cigarettes. Anyone found smoking will be ejected from the ground. For anyone considering leaving the stadium, note that no re-admission to the ground is permitted.
Subject to space, flags and banners are allowed in the away end. These will need to be fire certificated. For questions relating to this contact Mick Warden on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Musical instruments and selfie sticks
Musical instruments and selfie sticks are not allowed in the away end.
There are special arrangements for wheelchair and ambulant disabled fans (tickets and parking). Please contact Lee Smith by email on email@example.com or by phone on 01473 400556.
Ambulant disabled fans will be seated within block S of the lower tier of the Cobbold Stand. As we do not have wheelchair spaces in the Cobbold Stand, wheelchair users will be located with home fans
Stamp it out
Ipswich Town Football Club takes a zero-tolerance stance on any form of racial, homophobic or prejudiced behaviour. Supporters can report any incident instantly that they feel needs attention by texting the anonymous ‘Stamp it Out’ number on 07834 439429 (standard text rate applies). All reports will be handled in the strictest confidence. Alternatively, our customer services can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.
IF YOU’RE SPENDING A BIT MORE TIME IN IPSWICH…
Ipswich has numerous hotels, many at the budget end of the market, within a comfortable walk from the ground. Of the chains, the nearest are the Novotel and Penta hotels (5 mins), with Premier Inn and Travelodge around 10-15 mins from the ground in the harbourside area and a newish lodge at the Mermaid pub (Marstons), also about a 10-minute walk. For a more upmarket option, the Salthouse Harbour Hotel is on the harbourside.
(There are many other hotels in and around Ipswich – we have no connection with these listed, but suggest them for convenience as they are all close to the ground and have been well spoken of by many fans).
There is so much to do in and around Ipswich, making it ideal for a short break. Local attractions include:
- Harbourside and marina, with numerous restaurants, cafes and bars
- Town centre, with many independent stores dotted around a fairly compact area
- Christchurch Park, Mansion and Gallery – a huge, 70-acre park just north of the town centre, including a Tudor mansion which houses a renowned (and free) art gallery (with a permanent display of local artist John Constable)
- Pubs selling a wide range of locally-brewed real ales, with town centre options including the Fat Cat, Greyhound, Dove Street Inn, St Judes Tavern, Thomas Wolsey and Briarbank Brewery. Of these, the Dove, St Judes and Briarbank are also microbreweries.
- Felixstowe is just 15 miles (15 minutes, via the A14) away to the east, and is both a traditional seaside resort (there’s a pier and the promenade stretches for a couple of miles) and major container port, which includes a fantastic viewing point, where you can see shipping movements and the loading / unloading of the world’s largest container ships.
- The Orwell Bridge carries the A14 over the river to Felixstowe, and is an impressive sight from below. You get to it off the A137, which is a mile or so east of the A12/A14 junction. The road under the Orwell Bridge then meanders for a few miles past Pin Mill (the Butt & Oyster is a lovely old waterside inn) and onto Shotley, which has loads of yachts and great views of the ports of Felixstowe and Harwich.
- The historic little town of Woodbridge is just a few miles from Ipswich, with a tide mill, lots of little boutiques, some fine pubs, and an Adnams Wine and Beer store (next to the station)
- Just a bit further up the coast you’ll find the beautiful seaside town of Aldeburgh with its famous fish & chip shop (it’s the one at the north end of the High Street, with the big queue outside), as well as some wonderful little shops and pubs. You’ll pass the concert hall, antique, home furnishings and fine foods shops of Snape Maltings en route to Aldeburgh, and it’s well worth the short detour – no national chains here!
- If you’ve managed to get as far as Aldeburgh, you may well be tempted to continue a bit further up the coast, past the impressive power station at Sizewell, to the beautiful seaside town of Southwold, home of Adnams beers, a pier, and lots of little shops and galleries.
Galloway International Travel provide Official Supporters Coaches to all away domestic matches.
For our Stadium Guide, click HERE