Suspected gas leak at Portman Road football stadium delays entry for Ipswich Town v Brentford

Portman Road football stadium, Ipswich. Picture: MATT STOTT

Portman Road football stadium, Ipswich. Picture: MATT STOTT - Credit: Archant

A reported gas leak at Portman Road football stadium delayed entry for fans before Ipswich Town’s clash against Brentford yesterday.

Portman Road football stadium, Ipswich. Picture: MATT STOTT

Portman Road football stadium, Ipswich. Picture: MATT STOTT - Credit: Archant

The suspected gas leak was reported in the Upper South Stand (Sir Alf Ramsey Stand) on Saturday afternoon before the turnstiles were due to open at 1.30pm.

The incident was cleared after an investigation by club officials and supporters were allowed into the ground 20 minutes later than usual at 1.50pm.

The Championship match was unaffected and kicked off on time at 3pm.

A spokesman for Ipswich Town said: “There was a report of a suspected gas leak inside the ground (Upper South Stand, Sir Alf Ramsey Stand) which had to be investigated before we let the public in.

“It was thoroughly checked and cleared and the stadium was opened 20 minutes later than normal at 1.50pm.”

One of the scoreboards in the stadium also failed during the game, according to fans. It is not clear if this was connected to the incident.

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A National Grid spokesman said they were not aware of the incident.

The Blues drew 1-1 with Brentford. See our match report here.