The first away match of the season, on Saturday 11th August, will mean a long trip North to Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road ground, Seasiders Way, Blackpool, Lancashire. FY1 6JJ.
The Tangerine’s ground has a capacity of just under 17,000 and Pompey supporters will be in the Stan Mortensen North Stand at one end of the pitch.
Outside the stadium, behind the North Stand is a statue of the former Blackpool legend Stan Mortensen, whilst outside the main entrance is a statue of Jimmy Armfield.
How to get to Bloomfield Road
Leave the M6 at junction 32 and follow the M55 towards Blackpool. After approximately 12 miles at the end of the M55 continue on to the A5230 and then Yeadon Way towards the town centre, which leads directly to Seasiders Way and Bloomfield Road Stadium.
For up to date, on the day, travel information link to @PompeyfcCop on twitter.
There is very limited parking at Bloomfield Road, but there are pay and display car parks in Seasiders Way near the ground. Please note that the pay and display car parks still charge after 6pm, so don’t get caught out and end up with a parking ticket.
There are restrictions on street parking near the ground.
The journey from Portsmouth will take around six and a half hours. Trains run from London Euston with a change at Preston for Blackpool North, with some return journeys via Wolverhampton and Guildford.
Blackpool North station is about two miles from the ground, so either take a taxi, or alternately, cross the road to the bus station and catch the number 11 bus towards Lytham St Annes. Get off at the Old Bridge House pub and walk down Lonsdale Road to the ground.
Please note that there is industrial action planned on South Western Train routes on 11th August which is likely to affect trains from Portsmouth to London Waterloo. Best to check before you travel at http://ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
The planned industrial action has now been cancelled.
Where to eat and drink
Despite the court case against the owners of Blackpool FC they still remain at the club. As a result, for the time-being the Blackpool Supporters’ Trust’s Not A Penny More campaign holds firm and while BST respect that as visiting supporters we want to come and support our team, they are asking that we support them by buying our food and drink from local pubs, chippies and kiosks outside the ground and do not buy any food, drinks or programmes inside the ground.
About five minutes walk from the ground is the Festival Park, Rigby Road, FY1 5EP, which has a number of food outlets including McDonalds, Frankie and Bennies and the Swift Hound Flaming Grill.
Nearest to the ground is The Old Bridge House, 124 Lytham Road, Blackpool FY1 6DZ. It is a family pub that welcomes away fans and serves bar snacks. [Walk down Bloomfield Road towards the sea front and then turn right into Lytham Road, the pub is down on the right]
Further along Lytham Road on the corner with the sea front, is the Manchester Bar, 231-2133 Promenade, Blackpool, FY1 6AH. This pub serves pub grub and has large screens showing sport.
The Castle Hotel, 28-32 Central Drive, Blackpool FY1 5PZ is a large pub with Sky Sports. For those of you planning to stay the weekend, it often has entertainment in the evening.
Otherwise there are a number of food vans near the ground and plenty of other places to eat in Blackpool town centre.
The Pompey game is Blackpool’s first home game and Blackpool Supporters’ Trust are planning a big protest outside the stadium on the day - 'more out than in', with all the supporters, banners, flags they can muster. Any Pompey fans who are willing to go and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them would be welcomed.....from 2:15 pm outside the West Stand (where we had the wreath ceremony last season).