Date: 18th June 2008 at 10:06pm
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Peter Storrie has said that the proposed move to Horsea Island for our new stadium could be our last option – so it could be that or nothing, although he is confident that this move will happen…

We all love Fratton, but remaining at our long term home will not give us as much leeway to fulfil the true potential that the clubs hierarchy believe we have, as do we.

Permission has been granted to rotate Fratton and increase this to a 28,000 capacity stadium, but as Storrie has told the Pompey Site this just does not compare to the potential of our proposed new home: ‘this has to be it because there are no other options – there is nowhere else.

‘We have planning permission to turn around the Fratton Park pitch but that will only give us a capacity of 28,000 and won’t give us the infrastructure we need.

‘We’ve won the FA Cup with the smallest stadium in the league and with a very expensive squad – the mathematics just don’t work.

‘We need a new stadium and all the infrastructures that go with it like boxes, lounges and better catering facilities.

‘We had 200,000 people come out and support us for the parade after we won the FA Cup and we need those people to do the same now to make sure we get planning permission.

‘We want to get the planning application in as quickly as we can. We’re working heavily on that and hope to get permission at the end of this year or early next year so we can start building as soon as possible.’

There is also the possibility of seeing world cup football played in Portsmouth as should the 2018 world cup bid be successful the FA have already indicated that they would be interested in seeing football on the south coast, with Pompey strongly backed to be one of the bases.

The proposals for the new stadium are as we know for a 36,000 seater, but it is being build with the potential to increase this further still to a 45,000 seater – something that the FA would require it to be to stage such an event as he also explained: ‘we have designed this with the 2018 World Cup in mind. That would mean the capacity would have to increase to 45,000, but we do have the potential to do that.

‘It’s a much wider issue than just the stadium though. It’s about the infrastructure of the whole city.

‘The FA have already been down here to talk to Portsmouth City Council and see if they would be interested in bidding to be one of the cities used.

‘The indication is that Portsmouth will bid to be one of those cities. I think if they do it would be very successful because the FA want to see representation from all over the country, not just London, Manchester and a few other areas.

‘It would be fantastic for the city and the whole area if we could bring World Cup football to Portsmouth.’

So the move of homes is not just important to the Portsmouth Football Club, it is also something that could be vitally important to Portsmouth as a City both in a decades time and in the years in between, so hopefully this time the councils will approve this and give us the help that we need to help this fantastic football club as well as the wonderful city that is Portsmouth, as both will benefit with this happening…

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