After playing the game of football nomads for many years now, Brighton are a club on the up and the stunning American Express Community Stadium is the perfect venue for manager Gus Poyet and his promising side. Having progressed from the Goldstone Ground, through to the Withdean, this ground is far more worthy of this popular south coast side.
The stadium, which is more commonly known as the Amex or in some cases the Falmer Stadium, is a brand new construction that is scheduled for opening in July 2011, just in time for the start of the new 2011-12 season. It is an all seater stadium with an initial capacity of 22,374 which has the ability to be expanded to 35,000 if necessary. It therefore can grow to accommodate any rise in fortunes for this Brighton side.
How to get to the American Express Community Stadium
The Amex stadium is clearly visible from the A27 Brighton bypass which means that it is close to both the A23 and M23 motorways. These will in turn take you into London.
If you’re travelling by car, the postcode for your SatNav is BN1 9BL.
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Trains into Brighton Station are plentiful and run on a regular basis from London Victoria. From there, it is possible to walk to the ground or you can hire a taxi but these will naturally be at a premium on match days. Click here to check the current train timetables
Brighton is served by an airport at Shoreham which is located a few miles outside of the town. From here it is possible to arrange a taxi or car hire to the ground or a shuttle service into Brighton itself. Click here to check the current flight times
While the airport here is very small, if you cannot find a direct flight, there are many air shuttle services between here and all of the major terminals at nearby Gatwick.
There are several taxi companies in Brighton that can take you to and from the Amex Stadium. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.
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Where to Park
While there is parking available at the stadium, this is restricted to club officials and disabled drivers. There are over 150 spaces but unless you have a disabled badge, there is very little chance of finding a space on match days. There are however over 200 cycle spaces at the ground itself and cycling to the Amex could be an ideal alternative option.
Parking close by is limited but private parking schemes and local schools may open their doors as the ground itself gets ready for action.
As the stadium ‘beds in’, local parking schemes will become more widespread but in the early stages it would be useful to check in advance. One thing that is already known is that the stadium will be served by a ‘park and ride’ facility and this is likely to be the most popular form of arrival.
Away Friendly Pubs near the American Express Community Stadium
While the pubs in Falmer await the rush of football supporters to the new Amex stadium, few of these hostelries have any sort of reputation when it comes to being ‘away’ friendly.
Of the pubs in the area, The Swan Inn in Middle Street is the closest to the ground itself and it should be large enough to cope with the away support, however it was used as a base for residents campaigning against the building of the stadium, so football fans may not be welcome there, and you may well wish to take your business elsewhere anyway given their previous stance..
You could always enjoy a drink in Brighton itself at pubs with more of a history of catering for away fans and these could include Bar 14 or the Basketmakers Arms both of which are close to the town centre.
Hotels near the American Express Community Stadium
While the Brighton district of Falmer may not be densely populated with hotels, there is an abundance to choose from in Brighton itself.
The Hilton Brighton Metropole is one of the most popular destinations in the town and it is ideally located right by the seafront.
The Holiday Inn Brighton is also favoured by visitors to the area and like the Hilton and the Best Western, it too has a seafront location which makes it popular with football fans and tourists of all kinds.
First sightings of the Amex stadium show it to be an intriguing prospect and it certainly looks to be among the most impressive grounds anywhere in England.
Innovation plays a major part too at the Amex with Smart Cards available that can allow the user to pay for their tickets as well as food and drink within the stadium. Whereas this may be of more interest to the home supporters, this system should achieve its intended purpose of making queues in and outside of the ground much shorter. Additionally, waiting time for entry and indeed to be served inside the stadium should be significantly reduced.
Overall, The Amex is an exciting prospect and worthy of Brighton’s march up the league.