Tuesday 22nd November sees Pompey supporters visit Kenilworth Road Stadium, Maple Road, Luton. LU4 8AW, for a 7.45pm kick off. The home of the Hatters has a capacity of 10,226 all seated.
Away fans are housed in the Oak Road Stand at one end of the ground. If this is your first visit then don’t be surprised when you find the away entrance on Oak Road is through a rather small alleyway giving the impression that you are queuing to enter someone’s back garden. Once inside, you will find that leg-room in the stand is very tight, and supporting pillars can obstruct your view.
How to get to Kenilworth Road
If you are travelling by road you will almost certainly arrive via the M25 and M1. The easiest route is to exit the M1 at Junction 11 and take the A505 dual carriageway (Dunstable Road) towards Luton. Go through one set of traffic lights and at the 1st roundabout, turn right into Chaul End Lane. At the next roundabout turn left into Hatters Way, whilst continuing down Hatters Way the ground will be seen on your left, although it is not accessible from this road. At the end of Hatters Way turn left and start looking for street parking from here on (the ground will now be on your left).
Parking is a problem as there is no parking at the stadium and the surrounding streets offer little and are usually filled early. Oak Road is closed to traffic on match days and there is a residents only parking scheme in operation near the ground so you will have to travel further away to find street parking. There is the multi-storey Crawley Road car park LU1 1HZ in the town centre. Other car parks can be found on http://www.luton.gov.uk/parking. Past experience has shown that many of the car parks in town recommended by the football club have to be pre-booked. Try https://www.justpark.com/uk/parking for further information.
Directions by train
The nearest station to the ground is Luton Station. Trains run from London St Pancras to Luton, the journey from St Pancras takes about half an hour. After the match the last train from Luton to get you back to Portsmouth that night leaves at 22.16 and you will need to change at London Blackfriars for Waterloo and the last Portsmouth train which leaves at 23.45. Please note there is planned RMT Industrial action on the Southern line from Portsmouth to Victoria on the 22nd..
It is just under a mile to walk from the station to the ground. Turn right out of the station and along Station Road, go straight across at the traffic lights into Mill Street. At the junction where the road bends right, turn left into New Bedford Road. Then turn right into Collingdon Street. At the end of Collingdon Street you will reach a dual carriageway. Turn left alongside the road and follow the pedestrian walkway and then bear right to go along the footbridge over the busy road. As the footbridge passes over the roundabout it splits in two, bear right and this will lead you down into Dunstable Road. Continue along Dunstable Road and the fifth left hand turn will be Oak Road, where the away turnstiles are situated.
Where to eat and drink
On past visits no alcohol has been served in the away end.
The nearest place to the ground for a pint is the Beech Hill Conservative Club at 18a Leagrave Road, LU4 8HZ. A small admission fee is made for non members.
In the town centre near the station is the CAMRA Good Beer Guide listed pub, The English Rose, 46 Old Bedford Road, LU2 7PA ,which serves food. Nearby is another Real Ale pub, The Bricklayers Arms, 16 High Town Road, LU2 0DD, which has a selection of real ales, ciders and lagers. If on previous visits you have used the London Hatters a Wetherspoons pub in Park Street, this has now closed down.