Saturday February 10 th will find Pompey Supporters travelling to Milton Keynes’ Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, MK1 1ST.
Milton Keynes moved into their new stadium in 2007, it has a capacity of 30,500 and Blues fans will probably be in the North East Corner.
How to get to the Stadium MK
Leave the M1 at Junction 13 and take the second exit, A421, towards Milton Keynes. At the third roundabout (there is a BP garage on the right as you approach), take the second exit onto the H9 Groveway. Keep going straight on until you reach the A5 roundabout.
Take the second exit at this roundabout onto the V6 Grafton Street (towards Bletchley) and the ground is on the left.
Please note that the ground is nowhere near the centre of Milton Keynes. If you do get lost follow directions to Bletchley.
The ‘Stadium MK’ signs will take you to the front of the stadium, where most of the parking is for permit holders, but if you follow the ‘Football Coaches’ sign it will take you to the back of the stadium, nearer the away fans entrance. There is limited parking at the stadium for a charge of £7, and there is parking in the industrial estate opposite this stadium rear entrance. There is also parking at Castle House on Dawson Road at £5.
Other than that it is a case of looking for on street parking nearby or in other industrial estates. With around 6,000 of us travelling best to arrive early to get a parking space. Be warned, the car park in the nearby Asda is patrolled and parking there could result in a hefty fine.
Trains run from London Euston to Milton Keynes Central, the journey from Euston takes about thirty minutes, however the station is about four miles from the ground. There is a taxi rank at the station, a taxi will cost around £10 to the stadium, or there are Arriva buses that run from the station to the Grafton Street stop adjacent to the stadium.
Alternately Bletchley Station is about thirty minutes walk from the stadium and some of the trains from Euston will stop there. There are few taxis at Bletchley station, but they can be booked from a local firm on 01908 222111. If you decide to walk, the stadium should be signed, turn left immediately you come out of the station and continue to and down the steps. At the bottom of the steps turn left and go under the railway bridge. At the roundabout by the Park pub turn left into Saxon Street. Keep straight on this road and you will eventually reach the stadium. However you will need to cross over to the other side, as there is only one path beside the road. You will pass Bletchley Bus Station on your right.
Go straight across the double mini roundabout following signs for the A5 and you will see the stadium over on your left.
There is a small station at Fenny Stratford which is about twenty minutes walk from the stadium, however this is on the local Bletchley to Bedford line and trains only run hourly from Bletchley at 12.04, 13.04 and 14.04 and return after the match to Bletchley at 17.38. The trains from Euston do not stop at Fenny Stratford. Stadium MK is signed from the station.
Where to eat and drink
Like a number of new stadiums, Stadium MK’s main drawback is the location, adjacent to the A5, well away from the centre of Milton Keynes, so there is little to offer in the way of pubs.
Inside, the concourse is spacious and there is a selection of pies and hot drinks on sale. Near the ground there are McDonalds and KFC outlets. The Odeon cinema behind the North stand has several food outlets as does the nearby retail park. Near Bletchley station, the Bletchley Working Mens Club, Chandos Place, Bletchley, MK2 2Q, has a car park and will be opening its function room to Pompey fans for pre match hospitality in a friendly environment.
Fenny Stratford, located a mile South of the stadium along Watling Street, has seven pubs and a fish and chip shop; including the Red Lion, Lock View Lane, Simpson Road, MK1 1BA, a canal side pub serving real ale and ciders; and The Swan Hotel, Watling Street, Fenny Stratford, MK2 2BL, which serves food and has a sports bar and car park. From Fenny Stratford it will take about twenty minutes to walk to the ground.
In Milton Keynes town centre there are pubs and eating places, although some of the town centre pubs do not admit fans in colours.
If you are travelling in a coach or mini bus, then Unit Nine, Bridgeturn Avenue, Old Wolverton, MK12 5QL, is a warehouse converted into a music venue, with a large car park, about nine miles from the ground, that can be hired for large parties. Contact Jamie Stimpson on 01908 317995 Ext 4.
Please note that the Red Dot Bar at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel and the The Inn on the Lake near the ground do not admit away supporters.