1. Why you were
looking forward to going to the ground (or not
as the case may be):
Iíd seen Plymouth Argyle play at the awful
Withdean Athletics Stadium, so I was
interested to check out their new ground. With
the clubs two divisions apart, visiting as a
neutral seemed to be the best way, although I
had a vested interest in seeing how Craig
Noone and Ashley Barnes were getting on.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
Easy. I travelled down from London Victoria by
train, changed at Lewes and got a connection
to Falmer straight away. You canít miss the
ground as itís right by the station.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
If youíre going to watch a match here, I
recommend going into Brighton first as there
is literally nothing at Falmer except the
ground and the station. Brighton fans were
pleasant, but thatís to be expected if youíve
just been promoted and have a shiny new
stadium in which to watch Championship
4. What you thought on seeing the ground,
first impressions of away end then other sides
of the ground?
I have a dislike of new grounds as they seem
to follow the same bowl-like shape (e.g.
Derby, Coventry, Stoke etc.) So I was
pleasantly surprised by this stadium. The away
fans are located in the South Stand behind one
of the goals with big screens at either end.
The roof has an interesting sloping shape and
the three tier West Stand is very impressive.
Seats are comfortable with plenty of leg room.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, toilets etc..
With no facilities around the ground, the club
seem to be cashing in on food and drink
prices. I had a nice steak pie and a pint of
Harveys but at £6.50 for the two in the form
of a meal deal, that seemed steep. With 16,500
in attendance, toilet facilities were also at
a premium (as at the Emirates which is my main
gripe with that ground) and most of half time
was spent queuing for the loo. There are
plenty of TV screens to watch while waiting
and the board with train information is
Inside the stadium, the Brighton fans were in
good voice. Many were standing in the North
Stand but the stewards didnít seem too
bothered about getting them to sit down. The
match itself was a pretty turgid affair.
Brighton had more of the play without creating
too many chances, a couple of shots from Noone
aside and it took a penalty from Barnes to put
them through to the next round.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground
after the game:
No problems at all. Easy walk to the station,
short ride into Brighton and a connecting
train straight back to London.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
I was pleased to make it to see the new ground
so soon after its opening and the stadium
itself didnít disappoint. A Saturday visit
would be better though, allowing time for a
look around Brighton or Lewes, given the
limitations of Falmer. Miles better than the
Withdean though so itís great that Brighton
have finally managed to find a decent home of