Following years of legal battles and setbacks, the Amex Stadium finally replaced the Withdean for the beginning of this season. With a capacity of 22,374, it is much bigger and provides a better matchday atmosphere. The stadium has a unique look with the semi-circle shaped roof of the three-tiered West Stand sloping dramatically down to the single-tiered North and South stands behind either goal, creating a strange but spectacular effect.
Most of the seats are held by season ticket holders so the only places available are in the West Stand Lower, near the tunnel and the dugouts. Tickets cost £30 for an adult £21 for seniors (65+), £15 for under 18’s and £8 for under 10. Cup match prices vary and it is £24 for away tickets. Tickets can be bought in either of the club shops, over the phone or online, but you have to register as a fan which can be done at www.seagulls.talent-sport.co.uk.
The ticket office phone number is 0844 327 1901.
GETTING TO American Express Community Stadium
Falmer Station is right next to the ground and is three stops from Brighton Central station on the Lewes and Seaford line, with four trains running every hour. Brighton Central station is over four miles away and rather than another train ride you can catch the number 25 Brighton & Hove bus that runs every 12 minutes to the stadium.
Some sat navs do not recognise the grounds postcode so try BN1 9SD, which will take you to Falmer Railway Station.
A nightmare. There is no parking for away fans and a large no parking zone is enforced on the streets around the ground on matchday. The best option is the Park and Ride that can be caught from Mill Road, Brighton Racecourse or Mithras House at Brighton University. Away fans should use Mill Road as it is just off the A23/ A27 junction but it is also the busiest by far. The last bus from the ground leaves 90 minutes after full-time. Passes can be bought on the day or with your ticket.
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Where to drink
Around the ground there’s nowhere for a swift pint, but 15 minutes down the road is the Swan Inn. Expect it to be busy as the closest pub to the ground. To get there, cross the bridge over the A27 and turn right into Mill Road then right again into Park Street. At the end of the road turn left into Middle Street and the pub is on the left. A pint of Fosters will cost £3.60 and Strongbow is £3.80. If you’re coming from Brighton mainline station there’s some other good places to eat there, including the fan-friendly Evening Star on Surrey Street.
Where to Eat
Near the Mill Road Park and Ride is the Black Lion, which is a Harvester outlet but the Club have a ‘Pie and Pint’ offer costing £6.50. Also from the stadium, a Cheeseburger will set you back £4.20, £3.50 for a homemade pie and for anybody that’s vegeterian, splash out £4.20 on a veggie burger.
Where to Stay
Not much to choose from near the ground, but the Holiday Inn is a good choice for anyone travelling to the South Coast. With a seafront location and affordable price it’s a good alternative to a late night drive back, especially if your team has been spanked.