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Portman Road redevelopment: Work begins ahead of PL return

This time two years ago, Kieran McKenna was preparing for his first full season in charge of Ipswich Town after steering them away from danger during the 2021/22 season. Two seasons later and the former Manchester United coach is now preparing for a Premier League campaign after back-to-back promotions.

While McKenna's concern will be the squad, the club's hierarchy are busy preparing the stadium for Premier League football. The Portman Road redevelopment has been on the agenda for a while but has been accelerated due to the club's rapid rise through the divisions over the past two seasons.

Over the summer, the club will make several upgrades to Portman Road to make it Premier League-ready and with the new season set to begin in the middle of August, time is of the essence.

Portman Road redevelopment
Portman Road is set to be redeveloped this summer – Photo by Icon Sport

Portman Road redevelopment: What is involved?

One of the biggest developments set to take place this summer is the installation of a safe standing area in the Cobbold Stand. This is the part of the stadium where away fans are based in Portman Road so visiting fans can expect rail seating when they visit Ipswich in the Premier League.

The away allocation inside the Cobbold Stand will also be increased from 2,000 to 3,000 to comply with Premier League rules on away allocation percentages. As a result, more than 700 Ipswich season ticket holders based in the Cobbold Stand will be moved elsewhere.

At other parts of Portman Road, the floodlights will be upgraded while a new television studio will built above the control room. Ipswich can expect more media and television coverage so an updated studio was deemed necessary by the club.

The West Stand at the stadium will be getting new executive boxes which are currently being built. This particular project is expected to completed by mid-August which means there's a chance the new boxes will be ready for the season opener.

The total cost of all of these projects is expected to come several million people pounds which could have an impact on what business the club can do in the transfer market.


Andy Delaney

Andy is a freelance sports writer with ten years of experience covering major sporting events across Europe. He has also been a season ticket holder at Old Trafford since 2008 and has visited over 40 football stadiums in the United Kingdom and abroad following the Reds.

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