Brighton and Hove Albion FC - Amex Stadium
13 years after Falmer was identified as a potential site for the new home of the Seagulls, the dream became reality as the Seagulls moved into the American Express Stadium in 2011. The stadium is a classy looking structure. You notice very quickly that the club have gone to great lengths to avoid designing a soulless bowl. The 3 tier main stand is very impressive and has a line of executive boxes across the second tier. The north and south stands behind the goals are similar in that they are single tier affairs. The east stand has had a second tier added but the gradient remains very good making for an excellent view from all over the stadium.
Away fans will be housed in the south east corner of the stadium where approximately 3,300 fans can be accommodated. The views from within these sections are fantastic and the leg room is ample as would be expected for a new build. One thing you may not expect but will find as a bonus is the padded seats!
American Express Stadium seating plan:
Where To Drink
There are a number of pubs in the close vicinity. Recommended by Sussex University students is The Hikers Rest (BN1 9GD) which has sky sports and a lovely garden to sit out in with pre match drink and is only approximately half a mile away. A little further afield is The Swan Inn (BN1 9PD) which is a more traditional pub. Also has Sky Sports on tv's around the pub but there's a very relaxed feeling about the place. I guess that may disappear once 1200 away fans set upon it on a Saturday afternoon though! A more popular option tends to be to head in to Brighton for pre game drinks and simply use the free travel from your match ticket to get the train along closer to kick off.
Bridge car park, has the capacity to accommodate up to 650 cars. However, it will fill up quickly and will be around £10 per car so get there early or more preferably book in advance through the club. Parking elsewhere in the local vicinity is very hard to come by. An option is to use the Albion park and ride service from Brighton racecourse.
Another thing to remember is that included in your matchday ticket is a travel voucher which allows fans to ride the buses and trains throughout most of Sussex on a match day. The most popular option being visiting fans going in to Brighton pre match, and then get the train to the stadium. It's all very well organised now and plenty of fans who don't live close to a railway opt to park in outlying areas (Lewes, Haywards Heath, Shoreham, Worthing etc) and use the public transport to the ground.
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Falmer railway is the station for the University of Sussex and is the closest / nearest station to Brighton & Hove Albion's American Express Stadium and is only a stones throw away. Trains run every 15 minutes from London Victoria and the journey time is approximately 75 minutes.
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