Ground: Portman Road
Sat Nav: IP1 2DA
GETTING THERE BY ROAD
From Burnley, you will either hit the A14 at the junction with the M1 and M6 (Catthorpe Interchange) or at the junction with the A1 near Huntingdon. With a clear run, the M6 / A14 route is marginally quicker. Whichever way you choose, try to keep up with traffic updates, as the A14 is notorious for delays throughout its length.
Satnavs vary in their recommended route into town – whichever way you go, it shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes from the A14 to the ground. For those without Satnav, once you reach the junction of the A12 and A14, just south of Ipswich, take the A1214 for a couple of miles into town. As you approach the town centre area, there’s a Sainsburys 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 do a U-turn at the roundabout with Civic Drive, turning back onto Handford Road, then taking the first left into Portman Road.
GETTING THERE BY RAIL
For those travelling by train, Ipswich station is only 5 to 10 minutes’ walk from the ground.
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 7pm, and it’s worth checking later. There’s also a large car park on West End Road (5 mins 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 quick exit, use the railway station car park, and exit left out of the station onto Burrell Road / Ranelegh Road (B1075), then (after about a mile) left onto the A1214.
OFFICIAL AWAY PUB
The Station Hotel (formerly the Riverside Hotel) is opposite the station, and is the official away pub. It’s roomy, has a garden and TV screens, and usually has a couple of beers on handpump. Most pubs immediately around 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.