v Leeds United, Championship League
Friday, September 23rd 2011, 7.45pm
Why you were looking forward to going to the ground
(or not as the case may be):
I had followed the Brighton fans struggle for a new
ground for many years and from the pictures I had
seen of the new stadium it looked a bit different to
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car
The fixture had been changed by the 'Sky God' to a
Friday evening which made the journey from
Shropshire slightly longer than was anticipated. We
had applied in advance for travel tickets for the
Mill Road park and ride and a nice gentleman at the
Brighton ticket office duly obliged free of charge!
The Mill Road site is very easy to find and
extremely well organised. The buses are frequent so
we weren't stood around too long, The journey to the
ground took about 20-25 mins mainly due to the sheer
volume of traffic.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home
We had planned to grab something to eat outside the
ground, however they don't seem to allow vendors
anywhere near the stadium so we had little choice
but to go inside.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
From the outside the ground looks very modern and
very impressive. Inside the West stand is quite
imposing but you can't help but notice the large
empty areas in the corners of the North stand, it
makes everything look a little disjointed. Talking
to Brighton fans after the game I believe they have
plans to add another 8,000 seats at some point. The
away end is a good layout with plenty of leg room
and the added delight of padded seats.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards,
pies, toilets etc..
We had the usual pat down body search on the way
into the ground by the stewards, but once inside it
was very relaxed. There is a good selection of food
available with the standard pie and pint deal for
£6.50 which may seem a tad expensive to some
but we do have Ken Bates as a chairman!
The game itself was a belter. The Brighton fans were
noisy until we raced into a 2-0 lead. They needn't
have worried, in the second half we did our best to
throw it all away by giving away a penalty and two
goals from Makail Smith. We did manage to salvage a
point in the 2nd minute of added time when Mccormack
stepped up to grab his second of the night, making
it 3-3, much to the relief of the travelling Whites.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the
This is where the problems start. We left the ground
and made our way to the park and ride buses. We
joined a large queue that snaked its way along the
road and up a set of steps. As there are 3
destinations for the buses the stewards were trying
to separate us into lines. This was hilarious as the
steward involved didn't know his right from his
left. Eventually after 35 mins we arrived at the top
of the steps. The sight was utter chaos, there were
no segregation barriers between buses and fans. The
buses were trying to manoeuvre and turn around in
between the lines of fans waiting to board, its an
accident waiting to happen. We finally made our way
onto a bus and left the ground 65 mins after exiting
the stadium. I would estimate that there were around
400 fans behind us in the queue at that point. The
one saving grace was it wasn't raining.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Having arrived back in the Midlands in the early
hours of Saturday morning we enjoyed our Brighton
experience, however the bus situation after the game
put a bit of a dampener on the whole day. Tempers
were getting a little fraid towards the end and that
includes the locals. I have used park and ride many
times before at Southampton and Reading and never
seen such a degree of organised chaos or had to wait
so long for transport. Sort it out Brighton your
fans don't deserve this!
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