Portsmouth Football Club have signed a deal with Tesco for a 5,500 sq m supermarket next to Fratton Park.
Communities secretary Eric Pickles has granted planning permission for the 24-hour supermarket, which will go behind the Fratton end at the home of Pompey.
Planning officers at the city council have recommended councillors conditionally approve the plans later. More than 4,000 people have said they are against the plans, which also include a petrol station.
Because it is a large retail development outside of a town centre, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, needs to be informed if councillors intend to approve the plans. He has 21 days to decide whether to call in the application.
TWO petitions containing thousands of signatures against plans for a new Tesco near Fratton Park have been presented to Portsmouth City Council.
A planning application has been submitted by Point Estates – the company behind the project – to Portsmouth City Council.