|What's The Amex Stadium
West And North Stands (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
East And South Stands (photo)
Where To Drink?
A Closer Look At The West Stand (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
North Stand (photo)
South Stand (photo)
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Amex Community Stadium Location Map
|What's The Amex Stadium Like?|
the the Goldstone Ground 1997, which had
been the Club's home since 1902, Brighton have
struggled to find a new permanent home,
first ground sharing at Gillingham for two
seasons, before returning to the South Coast in
1999, to take up temporary residence at the Withdean
Athletics Stadium. After a long drawn out
battle, the Club finally prevailed receiving
planning permission in July 2007 for a new stadium
at Falmer, on the outskirts of Brighton. At a
cost of £93m the new American Express Community
Stadium as it has been named, has been well worth
waiting for; adding a spectacular sight to the
|West And North Stands|
Special thanks to Paul Hazlewood of
Brighton & Hove Albion FC,
for providing the photos on this page.
|What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?|
|Away fans are housed in the South East corner of the stadium. This area not only includes the corner section but also part of the East & South Stands lower tiers. Around 3,300 fans can be accommodated in this area. It is worth noting that the Club charge away fans more for sitting in the East Stand rather than the South Stand or South East corner. As you would expect from a new stadium, the view of the playing action and leg room are both good. Plus the added bonus of padded seats is a rare 'luxury'. Food available inside the stadium from the wide concourses includes; Cheeseburger £4.20, Veggie Burger £4.20, Burger £4, Homemade Pies £3.50 (in conjunction with Piglets Pantry in Shoreham-on-sea, baked on-site: Steak & Harveys Ale with mushrooms, Chicken & Ham with leek, Vegetarian butternut squash with spicy tomato). Peter Llewellyn adds; 'The Amex Stadium is an excellent venue, very nicely set in the countryside. The concourse is extraordinarily wide and spacious for such a small stadium. Comfy cushioned seats, excellent view, plenty of leg room, great pitch and the best acoustics of any stadium I've been to. The home fans singing was deafening, all down to the acoustic effect of the stadium design.'|
|Where To Drink?|
There is not much in the
immediate vicinity around the stadium. There is
one pub called the Swan Inn located on Middle
Street in Falmer, which is about 15 minute walk
away, but for most fixtures this is for home fans
is served within the ground in the form of
Kronenburg (£4), Strongbow (£4), Harveys real ale
(£3.90), Fosters (£3.90), White, Red or Rose
wine (£4). Harveys have also produced a special
'Albion' bottles beer which is only available at
the stadium or from the Harveys shop in Lewes. 5p
from every bottle sold will be donated to the
Macmillan Cancer Support charity.
John Ellis a visiting
Leicester City fan tells me; 'We were directed to
the Downs Hotel in Woodingdean, on the Falmer Road
(B2123) at the Warren Road junction. The Hotel has
a bar and is about two miles away. They offer free
parking at the hotel and they do a shuttle run
(two minibuses) every 15 minutes between 1.30pm
and 2.30pm, the cost is £4 return for adults and
£2 for children. We used this with no problems at
all and returned after the game by Hotel minibus
Keith Matthews a visiting
West Ham United fan adds; 'We walked up to The
Swan from the ground which was a good 15 minute
walk from the stadium. However they had security
on the door and you had to show home section match
tickets to gain access. We were also denied access
from the Hikers Rest in Coldean
|How To Get There By Car & Where To Park|
To stadium is located at
Falmer on the outskirts of Brighton, very close to
the University of Sussex.
Alan Cox informs me; 'A tip for anyone visiting
the stadium would be to park in nearby Stanmer
Park. It is free
and is only a 5-10 minute walk under the
underpass, up over the bridge at Falmer Stadium
and you are at the stadium.
We got away from the
ground okay after the game
Some Sat-Navs are
not recognising the stadium post code of BN1 9BL.
You can try instead BN1 9SD which takes you to
nearby Falmer Railway Station instead.
The nearest railway station is Falmer, which is situated right by the stadium. Kevin Bartholomew informs me; 'The quickest and easiest way to get to the stadium though is by train. Falmer station is adjacent to the ground. It's three stops from Brighton central station on the line to Lewes and Seaford. Alternatively, you can avoid Brighton completely by getting a train to Lewes and changing there for Falmer. There are four trains an hour in either direction'.
Railway Station is over four miles away from the
stadium. So either get a train, taxi or bus up to
the stadium. Brighton & Hove Bus No 25 can be
caught from Cardinal Square stop G (Route
and timetable on the Brighton & Hove Bus
Company website, which shows bus stops) operates a
regular service (every 12 minutes) up to the stadium
from Central Brighton, as do Bus Numbers 28 &
29. Journey time is around 20
minutes. On return the No 25 leaves from the
stadium via a stop through the coach park, near to
the away fans entrance.
The Club have a scheme
whereby travel to the stadium by public transport
within a geographical zone is free as it is included
within the price of your match ticket. Valid on both
buses and trains, just simply show your match ticket
or booking form (if collecting your tickets from the
Stadium ticket office). The zone extends as far
north as Haywards Heath station and east to Lewes.
So fans travelling from London for instance only
need a train ticket to Haywards Heath.
Rob Haynes a visiting
Nottingham Forest Fan also found going by train
frustrating; 'We stayed in Brighton so walked to the
station and arrived at 13.30 to find a huge queue
snaking around the concourse. Whilst it generally
quite well organised it didn't add much to the
pre-match experience to have to stand and wait for
such a long period before getting on a packed train
to the ground. Fans that left it later no doubt had
an even longer wait. After the game we walked
straight from the away end to the train station. At
6pm (the game finished before 5pm) I was finally
moving and on my way into Brighton centre. All
generally organised okay but again such a
frustrating wait and such a waste of time! Trains
again jammed back
to Brighton. Thankfully no trouble but potential for
trouble after needle game is multiplied by the time
it takes to get in and out the ground. I feel sorry
for any Brighton fans having to experience such long
waits, especially in poor weather'. Alternatively
you could consider parking/staying in the pleasant
town of Lewes and getting a train from there to the
stadium. However do bear in mind that the train station is situated beyond the North Stand end of the stadium.
So unless you are
leaving early it is likely that the away fans
(being located at the opposite end)
will find themselves at the back of
Remember if travelling by train then you can normally save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the thetrainline website to see how much you can save.
Closer Look At The South Stand
|Although not local, the club has an historic rivalry with Crystal Palace.|
|Brighton & Hove Albion FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).|
|Programme & Fanzine|
|Official Programme £3.50
Seagull Love Review £1.
details of disabled facilities and club contact at the
ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field website.
The Club offer regular tours of the stadium on Mondays, Thursdays & Sundays. The cost of the tours are; Adults £10 and Concessions £5. Tours should be booked in advance with the Club by calling 0845 8730251.
|Record & Average Attendance|
At the Amex Stadium:
|Fans Reviews Of The American Express Community Stadium|
Matthew Batchelor (Watford) 17/4/12
Luke Rogan (Reading) 10/4/12
Bob Asprey (Millwall) 14/2/12
Jason Simpkins (Nottingham Forest) 3/12/11
Paul Dickinson (Leeds United & Doing The 92) 23/9/11
Trevor Pickles (Leeds United) 23/9/11
Martin Brock (Neutral) 9/8/11
Mike Kimberley (92 Club) 9/8/11
Liam Pearce (Neutral) 6/8/11
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|Map showing the location of the Amex Community Stadium, railway stations and listed pubs|
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