As is usual we sent Groundhopper out and about and down to Fratton Park to see how it measured to the other teams in League 1 for the race for the coveted Donny & Mooie Trophy, forget the League 1 title, this is what it is all about, and I’m sorry to say it didn’t score very well recording just one lot of 8 points.

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CategoryScore Comments
First Impressions of the stadium, parking, ease of entry.7Fratton Park is an established ground surrounded by housing and business premises. One of the four stands is currently being redeveloped.  The coach parking was on an approach road to the ground on the opposite side to the away end and so passengers had to walk around the perimeter. Entry to the ground was straightforward and although a requirement not everyone was asked to provide their Covid pass.  
Food & Drink, range, quality, price.7There was no alcohol available in the away end. When the turnstiles first opened there was only one member of staff serving. Hot food consisted of pies and sausage rolls. Hot drinks were available until the water heater stopped working. I understand this was rectified before kick-off. 
View from your seat, any poles in the way, obstructed view, seat broken?7We were given one half of the stand at the Milton End behind the goal. The view of the pitch was good but obstructed in places by the upright roof supports. The seats were showing signs of their age and were very dusty which could be down to the construction work taking place in the stadium.
Home team support, was it a library, good banter between the fans?7The attendance was 14,958 and so you would expect the home support to be good, but they didn’t make as much noise as I’d expected. They were more vocal when their team got a goal back, but the banter was minimal.
What were the stewards like, helpful and friendly or jobsworths?7The stewards on the gate were friendly. Those positioned at the rear of the stand came in for some stick when they did their best to stop the area becoming overcrowded. 
Toilet facilities, clean and well equipped with hot water, disgusting.7The toilet blocks are small but were clean and well maintained. The hot water was almost scalding.
Ticket pricing, did the price reflect the facilities of the ground?6£24 for an adult ticket is one of the more expensive in the league and didn’t reflect the facilities.
Ground facilities, half time service, did they let fans outside at halftime?5The away end needs an update. The concourse area at the rear of the stand is open to the elements and there is little room. Fans weren’t allowed out to smoke. The back of the stand is also open, covered only by a metal grill and, as previously stated the seats were dusty. All wheelchair users are in the home area of the ground which is directly opposite the Milton End and unacceptable. I understand that plans are in place to change this.
Match atmosphere, did the Dons fans give good support?8The attendance for this match was 14,958 of which 494 were MK fans. The away support was excellent, making plenty of noise with the aid of the drum.
Ease of exit, did the carpark clear quickly, traffic around the stadium?6Exit from the ground was straightforward but the traffic in the surrounding area was very heavy and our departure from the area was very slow.
Any other observations or comments that may have affected your scoring?
Name – GroundhopperTotal Score out of 100   67/100

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