Portsmouth FC reveals new look for South Stand



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English football club Portsmouth FC, popularly known as Pompey, recently revealed an artist’s impression of what Fratton Park’s South Stand could look like after redevelopment.

The 3D drawing, put out on the club’s official website, shows flood lights on the roof and a brand new television gantry at the top of the stand.

The ambitious redevelopment plans have been revealed for the first time after the Blues submitted planning application to the city council on May 21.

Pompey have been discussing the project to upgrade Fratton Park for month, with the development set to cost six-figures, the club posted on ‘The News’ section of its website.

However fans have now been given a first taste of what the redeveloped South Stand could look like.

The 3D images show that floodlights would be installed on the roof under the plans to replace the iconic pylons which is set to be removed over the summer after 57 years of towering over Fratton Park.

The redevelopment also involves building a new television gantry and the addition of eight t-bar light frames along the main truss.

New lighting – a mix of LED and halogen bulbs – is being installed, which adheres to EFL requirements and takes into account any potential need for VAR at Fratton Park, according to reports.

This new lighting is being installed during the close season, with the television gantry planned for the start of the 2020/21 campaign.

The iconic Archibald Leitch-designed South Stand is also undergoing a recladding programme, which is set to be completed for the start of the forthcoming season.

The proposals are already proving popular with fans, since the images were circulated on social media.

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