On Saturday 12th August, Pompey start their League One away campaign at Oxford United’s Kassam Stadium, Grenoble Road, Oxford. OX4 4XP. The U’s ground has a capacity of 12,500 and away fans are usually housed on one side of the North Stand, towards the open end of the ground. Please note that Pompey’s ticket allocation is sold out and there will be no tickets on sale on the day.
How to get to the Kassam Stadium
From the A34 follow the brown football signs to the Kassam Stadium. The stadium can be found in between the Oxford Science and Blackbird Leys Estate. From the A423 ring road take the A4074 towards Reading. After the roundabout with Sainsburys on one corner, take the left turning sign posted Cowley/Wallington/Oxford Science Park and you will eventually come to the ground on your left.
There are unreserved parking spaces at the stadium for around 2000 cars. Parking is free and on a ‘first come first served’ basis. For big games the car park does get full quite a while before kick off. There is an overflow car park at the back of the nearby Vue Cinema. There is also some on street parking between the Wallington Road roundabout and the stadium, but be warned, late comers who risk parking in residents only parking schemes or on yellow lines, which includes the grass verges are likely to get parking tickets. For disabled supporters there are specific bays near to each stand.
The journey from Portsmouth to Oxford takes just over two hours with a change at Southampton or Winchester. There is likely to be some disruption on the Portsmouth to Waterloo via Basingstoke trains on the 12th so best to check on www.ojp.nationalrail.co.uk Oxford station is about four miles from the Kassam Stadium. There is a taxi rank at the stadium, or the Oxford Bus Company service number 5 runs regularly from the station bus stop R2 to the Knights Road stop in Blackbird Leys, which is a short walk from the ground.
Where to eat and drink
From previous visits to the Kassam most Blues fans have now discovered that there is a very limited choice of bars near the stadium. The Holiday Inn Express Hotel on the corner does not admit football supporters. There is a cinema and bowling alley complex near the stadium called Ozone, with a bar and food outlets. The stadium offers food and drinks in the concourse and in the car park. There is also the nearby Ozone Leisure centre, between the West car park and overflow car park, which features a Vue Cinema, Hollywood Bowl, Frankie & Bennies, a Chinese restaurant and a fish and chip shop. The Oxford United club shop is also located there.
Other visiting fans have recommended a small local pub called the George Inn, 5 Sandford Road, OX4 4PU, situated in Littlemore just off the ring road (not far from Sainsbury’s); This is 2 miles by road but only 1 mile if walking to the stadium. This pub does not always admit away fans.
As you would expect, there are plenty of watering holes in the city centre. The nearest Wetherspoons to the station is The Four Candles, George Street, OX1 2BE (named after the Two Ronnies sketch).
But the easiest answer for a drink may be to get into the stadium early. Hot drinks and snacks are also available both inside and outside the ground.