Established in 1967, Port FC is one of Thai football’s longest-established clubs and one of the best supported clubs in Bangkok, drawing its support largely from the densely-populated working-class Khlong Thoey district. (Read more about the history of Port FC on Wikipedia).
Thanks to its proximity to the centre of Bangkok, and being the only stadium in the city within walking distance of the MRT, the club also attracts a large number of “farang” (foreign) supporters – probably the largest foreign matchday following of any club in Thailand. Foreign fans are also attracted by the friendly, noisy atmosphere (by far the best at any Bangkok club), and the “proper” stadium – unlike many Thai stadiums where the fans are separated from the pitch by a running track, PAT Stadium is a proper old-school football ground where the fans are right up close to the pitch.
Want to join us? Here’s our guide to coming to a Port FC game.
PAT Stadium is located at 444 Sunthon Kosa Road, Khlong Thoey, Bangkok.
In my experience few taxi drivers have heard of Sunthon Kosa, but they normally understand “sanam khila tarua” (Port stadium), or just “football tarua“. If none of those work, ask them to take you to Khlong Thoey market (“talat khlong thoey“), which is close enough.
The nearest BTS station to PAT Stadium is Asoke. Walk over the bridge to Exchange Building, go down to the ground floor, and then either get a taxi outside (around 50BHT), or walk down to the top of Soi 16 and get a motorbike (40BHT), which will normally drop you by the footbridge opposite the stadium.
This is the easiest way to get to the PAT. Get off the MRT at Queen Sirikit, take exit 1, and then walk through Khlong Thoey market to the stadium – one of the most interesting and atmospheric walks to a stadium in world football!
At time of writing, ticket prices are 100BHT (Zones B/C/D), 150BHT (Zone A – the main stand and the only covered area), and 200BHT (away end). Tickets can be bought at the ticket kiosks at either end of Zone C. Tickets rarely sell out but the queues get longer nearer kickoff time so better to buy yours at least 30 minutes prior to kick-off.
Tickets are in the form of a plastic card which will be punched when you go in. You should also get a stamp on your arm or hand to show that you’ve entered the stadium; this acts as a reentry stamp when you want to go back inside.
The club shop is located in front of the stadium on Sunthon Kosa Road and sells replica shirts and various other memorabilia. It was very poorly stocked in 2016 but with the club being back in the TPL in 2017 there should be a lot more stuff on sale.
Food & Drink
This being Thailand, food & drink is a key component of the matchday experience and fans begin arriving 2-3 hours prior to kick-off in order to load up on snacks and beer. There are dozens of food stalls outside the stadium selling mostly Thai fare (though a sushi truck showed up towards the end of the 2016 season), and plenty of people selling cold beer & soft drinks. Note that, unlike some other Thai stadiums, PAT Stadium has been a no-alcohol zone since 2015 and you can’t take beer or other alcoholic drinks into the stadium, although smuggling is rife and the security guards are less than thorough in their searches. There is no problem taking in food or soft drinks.
The Sandpit team can usually be found in, er, the sandpit (ie the petanque court outside the stadium) before games, at half-time, and occasionally after games so please feel free to join us for a beer & a chat.
Thanks to Landry Dunand for the header image