On Sunday 31 st March more than 40,000 Pompey Supporters will be heading to Wembley Stadium, Wembley Way, London, HA9 0WS, for the final of the Checkatrade Trophy. Kick Off 2.30pm.
Many of you will have your own ‘Wembley routine’ left over from 2008 and 2010, but hopefully this information will still be helpful, especially if watching Pompey at Wembley is a new experience for you.
Blues fans will be in the West side of Wembley, that’s the other end of the stadium from our previous five visits.
A few points to remember to improve your visit:-
- British Summer Time begins on Sunday 31st, so remember to put your clocks forward one hour on Saturday night.
- For the safety of all inside the stadium, there is a new bag policy at Wembley with restrictions on the size of bag that can be taken into the stadium.
- Bags will be checked at an outer cordon. Anyone with a bag larger than A4 size, [height 297mm/11.7”, width 210mm/8.27” and depth 210mm/8.27”] will not be admitted. These dimensions are for the overall size of the bag; bags that are half full and folded to reduce the size will not be accepted.
- Any large bags will need to be dropped off at the dedicated bag drop at a cost of £5 per bag and can be collected after the game. Be warned, supporters at other Wembley events have found it can be a slow process to drop off your bag and collect it after the game, so if you must bring a bag, please allow plenty of time.
- If you need to take a larger bag in for medical reasons, please contact help.wembleystadium.com/support/home prior to the day. You will be issued with a certificate, which you will need to bring with you.
- Your bag is likely to be searched and x-rayed.
- Any merchandise bought outside will be sold in a sealed plastic bag, please do not open the seal until you are inside the stadium.
Getting to Wembley
The stadium is just off the A406 North Circular Road and is well signposted from the end of the M1 and M40.
There is limited parking available at the stadium and a residents only parking scheme operates in the local area. Parking for cars and coaches can be purchased at www.wembleyofficialparking.com or by calling 02089036966. It is priced at £65 per coach and £30 per car if booked in advance. Parking is subject to availability and may cost more on the day. Pompey have been allocated the red car park and orange coach park.
Blue Badge parking is available to purchase at a discounted rate of £15 per space. This is subject to availability and may cost more on the day.
There is also the option of renting a private driveway near Wembley via YourParkingSpace.co.uk
An alternate may be to park at one of the tube stations at the end of the Metropolitan line such as Uxbridge, Hillingdon or Ruislip, or at Stanmore on the Jubilee Line, then take the tube to Wembley Park tube station.
Trains run regularly from Portsmouth to London Waterloo and hourly direct to London Victoria. At the time of writing there are no scheduled engineering works on the 31st .
The nearest tube station to Wembley Stadium is Wembley Park. Wembley Park is on both the Jubilee and Metropolitan lines. You will see the stadium in front of you as you come out of the station.
Trains run half hourly from London Marylebone station to Wembley Stadium station. A journey time of nine minutes.
Wembley Central station is further away from stadium and is served by the Bakerloo Line tube, London Overground and trains on the West Coast Mainline.
For up to date travel information on the day check @PompeyfcCop on twitter.
Eating and drinking
Because the Blue Army will be in the Western end of Wembley this time, the opposite end to previous visits, the pubs welcoming Pompey Fans will include:-
- The Green Man, Dagmar Avenue, HA9 8DF. A large pub serving food a few minutes walk from Wembley. There is some parking available at this pub for £10, ring 0844 8367389 to book.
- The Liquor Station, 379 High Road, Wembley, HA9 6AA , serving food.
- JJ Moons, a Wetherspoons pub, 397 High Road Wembley, HA9 7DT.
- Masti, 576 – 582 High Road, Wembley, HA0 2AA. This pub has a restaurant.
- Flannery’s Bar, 610 High Road Wembley, HA0 2AF.
- Station 31 (Speakeasy) 299 – 303 Harrow Road, Wembley, HA9 6BD a bar serving Indian food.
- The Corner House (formerly Mannions) 313 Harrow Road, Wembley, HA9 6BA.
- Box Park, Olympic Way, Wembley, HA9 0JT serves food.
- The St George Hotel, The Holiday Inn, Ibis Hotel and Best Western Hotel near the stadium all have bars.
There is a selection of cafés and places to eat near the stadium, including the nearby London Designer Outlet Retail Park a short walk from the stadium and Wembley Park tube station, where you will find a choice of restaurants and coffee shops.
Only flags smaller than 250cm in size at the widest or longest point may be taken into the stadium without prior permission.
If the flag has a pole, it must be wooden or plastic and no longer than one metre in length and one cm in diameter. Metal poles are not allowed. Flags not complying with regulations will be confiscated at the turnstiles.
Please contact [email protected] to check details or obtain permission for large flags or musical instruments.