Ice Say It's Snow Joke As Pompey Game Called Off!
There will be no Clarets game at the weekend following confirmation that our game at Fratton Park this Saturday has been postponed due to the inclement weather.
Portsmouth had taken precautions to try and ensure the match would proceed. The club confirmed only yesterday that the pitch was playable and that they were confident the match would go ahead. Although the club do not have under-soil heating, they do have frost covers and these were put over the pitch on Thursday last week
It was fears over safety though around the ground that are behind the match being postponed.
The snow has been falling heavily in Hampshire and with temperatures expected to drop to minus eight tonight, the heavy snowfall will turn to ice overnight raising issues about fans getting safely to and from the ground.
Pompey stadium manager Derek Stone said:
'It's disappointing because we all want to see the match go ahead, but safety is paramount.
'The stadium is under six inches of snow, including the stands, walkways and emergency exits - and more freezing weather is forecast.
'I cannot guarantee the safety of persons attending the stadium nor can I guarantee the safety of staff or helpers coming into the stadium to assist with any clearance.'
No new date has yet been fixed for the match but tickets for this weekend will still be valid for the rescheduled match in due course.