Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 6:58PM
Ipswich Town v Leeds United, Saturday 18th February 2017, 3.00pm Kick-Off.
From Leeds, there are two main road options, the most direct being M1 / A14, though often the quicker route is the M62 / A1 / A14. Whichever way you go, it is likely to take three-and-a-half to four hours, but you should allow at least another hour for traffic. Beware of average speed cameras which cover about 25 miles from Huntingdon to the east of Cambridge (and, of course, various other stretches of average speed cameras now both on M1 and A1).
Unless you live very close to Suffolk, we generally recommend allowing at least an hour beyond the AA / Google / SatNav suggested journey time. Satnavs vary in their recommended route into town, but whichever way you go, it shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes from the A14 to the ground.
For those without Satnav, once you reach the junction of the A12 and A14, just south of Ipswich, take the A1214 (London Road) for a couple of miles into town. As you approach the town centre area, there’s a Sainsbury’s supermarket on the left – at this point, go straight on past Sainsbury’s and then almost immediately right onto West End road. Take the first left (after about half a mile) onto Sir Alf Ramsey Way and you’ve arrived.
Note that the roads immediately behind the Cobbold and Sir Bobby Robson stands are closed about 90 minutes before the game, so to access the NCP car park on Portman Road you will need to continue on London Road, straight on to Handford Road and then turn right at a set of traffic lights onto Portman Road (if you miss the turning, just do a U-turn at the roundabout with Civic Drive, turning back onto Handford Road, then taking the first left into Portman Road).
Post Code for SAT NAV: IP1 2DA
There is no official stadium car park, but there is parking all around the ground. The closest is a large NCP on Portman Road (right by the away end), which usually has spaces up to at least 2:15pm, and it’s worth checking later. There’s also a large car park on West End Road (5 minutes’ walk away) and at the railway station (less than 10 minutes).
The town centre is less than 10 minutes’ walk, and has numerous car parks, as you’d expect. Being a town centre ground, most streets are controlled (residents only) parking, so free on-road parking tends to be at least a 20-minute walk away.
As usual, the car parks nearest the ground are a bit slow to clear after the game – for a quicker exit, use the railway station car park, and exit left out of the station onto Burrell Road / Ranelagh Road (B1075), then (after about a mile) left onto the A1214.
Coach Directions and Parking
Follow instructions as above. There will then be a motor cycle escort to the ground after a meet at 1330 to 1345 at Beacon Hill services at the end of the A140/A14 junction.
Most of the coach companies are well versed in what happens now and they will know that it gets them in and out of the Old Cattle Market car park opposite the ground that bit quicker. Coach parking is adjacent to the away turnstiles.
For those travelling by train, Ipswich station is only 5 to 10 minutes’ walk from the ground and, reassuringly, the ground is visible as soon as you exit the station. For Leeds to Ipswich, the quickest route is to travel from Leeds to Peterborough, then Peterborough to Ipswich. There are options via Peterborough and Cambridge but these do take up to 60 minutes longer. Note that the trains from Peterborough and Cambridge to Ipswich are a maximum of three carriages, and often fewer, so they can get a bit crowded.
Note that if you intend to travel from or via London, the line to Ipswich is affected by engineering works, so there is a rail replacement bus service from Newbury Park to Ingatestone, adding well over an hour to usual journey times. You will need to take a Central Line tube from central London to Newbury Park, then jump on a bus. If you have a ticket from Liverpool Street station to Ipswich, then you are likely to have to go to Liverpool Street, exit the tube, and then use your rail ticket to re-enter the tube! We’d recommend allowing at least an extra hour for your journey to Ipswich, as delays are by no means unknown.
There are ticket checks on all mainline trains and ticket barriers at Ipswich.
The Station Hotel (formerly the Riverside Hotel) is opposite the station, and is the official away pub. It has had a major refurb recently, is roomy, has a garden and TV screens, and three beers on handpump from the Greene King stable. Most pubs immediately around the ground are for home fans only, and few pubs around the town, if any, will welcome groups of away fans. As always, couples, families and older people will find it a bit easier to slip into a town centre pub for a quiet beer or two, or around the waterfront area. Note that, on a match-by-match basis, police may designate other pubs in the town centre as home fans only.
Look out for updates nearer to Kick-Off time from @LUFCTrust and @LUFC_WYP regarding any alcohol arrangements inside the ground. As it stands, alcohol will be available pre-match subject to there being no issues. No alcohol with be available in the away end after kick-off or at half time and this is the case for all fixtures, not specific to Leeds United.
We are not aware of any at this stage.
Potential flash points/Dos and Don’ts
There are no areas of potential issue aware to us at this time.
We are not aware of any at this stage. Look out for the Portman Pals outside the stadium. Dressed in red, they are there to help answer your questions and point you in the right direction. As at most away grounds, you can expect to be searched prior to entering the ground. Ipswich Town also uses a trained search dog and some stewards now wear body cameras.
Leeds United’s allocation for this fixture has sold out. The away end is blocks V1 and V2 of the Cobbold Stand plus, for this game, the adjacent block E, plus (families only) block S. All bar block S give you a good side-stand upper-tier view of the action, though it is an older stand, dating from the 1970s. Ambulant disabled fans will be seated in the away fans Family Area, within block S of the lower tier.
Please check West Yorkshire Police Twitter @LUFC_WYP for info on alcohol restrictions in place on the day and any other travel or supporter issues. Please also check the official Ipswich Town Twitter account @Official_ITFC for up-to-date changes.