Brighton & Hove Albion – Amex Stadium

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amex stadiumAfter 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.

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How to get to the American Express Community Stadium

By Road
amex stadium directionsThe 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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By Rail
brighton railway stationTrains 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

By Air
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.

Taxis
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.

Calling all Brighton Taxi Companies – Why not advertise your company here?.

Where to Park

amex stadium parkingWhile 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

pubs near amex stadiumWhile 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.

Click here to see ALL hotels near the Amex stadium

Fan’s comments

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.

Your comments about Brighton & Hove Albion – Amex Stadium


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  1. Simon Taylor

    I am a home fan – having read your review you might want to change your suggestion that away fans can get a drink at The swann Inn in Falmer Village as this is the pub that the NIMBY’s held their meetings in when protesting against our plans to build a stadium in Falmer. Football supporters are unlikely to be made welcome at The Swann.

    There will be plenty of bars at the new stadium, with the away end selling local Sussex real ales; Harveys and Dark Star, as well as a local brew from the away teams home city/town. Home fans reports on the home made pies at the Open Day last weekend are complimentary. There are plenty of good pubs in Lewes too if fans do not want to go into the city of Brighton before arriving at the stadium.


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  3. Tim Timpson

    Gills have a League Cup game at Brighton on 9 August. We need a more definitive answer than ‘local parking schemes will become more widespread but in the early stages it would be useful to check in advance’. Is it advisable to use Mill Road, Mithras House, Brighton Racecourse car parks? Do you have to pre-book these sites? What is the cost and does it include park and Ride to the ground?


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  5. Louis Mayhew

    Walk to Falmer from Brighton station?? No chance!


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    • Michael J Tucker

      Nowt wrong with foot power to get up to the amex. On a lovely day there’s beautiful views of the south downs and think of the environmental benefits. There’s also a couple of dogging locations en route so you might get another beautiful view if your luck is in….


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  7. Rob Middleton

    Very impressive stadium inside and out, the seats are padded and leg room is good as is the atmosphere it holds the noise in really well. Friendly and helpful stewards and they even have people outside the ground with heated bags on trolleys selling pies and hot dogs and inside as well as the bars they have more trolley men walking round selling bottled beer. A pie and a pint will set you back about £6. Went via train, get to Victoria from there to Brighton and on to Falmer,( don’t even think about walking from Brighton) trains for both are about every 15 mins, the ground is right next to the station. Only one negative was leaving the ground for the train the queues to a very small station were massive, if your at the back your in for a long wait and both sets of fans are mixed in together. The only place in Falmer to get a beer is in the ground.


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  9. Ken

    My first visit to the Amex.
    Congrats B&H Albion great ground cant fault bar, food and toilets large area to drink etc in the ground.
    nice and noisy.good seating
    Only fault for away fans,if your using rail
    away fans are in the south end furthest from rail station big problems getting on trains after.
    needs better transport out from Brighton.
    Found good pub outside London road rail station (one stop from Brighton on the way to Falmer)
    “Open House pub” good food and away fans friendly. Street parking if early.
    two stops by train to stadium 5 mins


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  11. B.Gray

    Best place for a drink for liverpool fans would be just across the road from brighton station.theres two pubs on your right, and many more in walking distance, beeng living down here for years ,its a great city and will definatley be made wecome…….


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  13. Glenn

    Nice ground will look a lot better when its finished had a drink in brighton before the game.Had to wait a long while to get on the train to get back into Brighton.


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  15. Rick

    As a home fan please ignore the comments above about The Swan – it has been taken over by new management and is football friendly. They even sell the club’s football programmes in the bar. It is a nice pub with a beer garden that sells real ales and is about a 15 minute walk from the ground. They have stewards on duty there on match days and it is perfectly safe to drink. The only other nearby pub is The Hiker’s Rest which is one to avoid if you are an away fan as it is home to the rougher and more vociferous element of Brighton’s fanbase.
    Other than that the best place to drink is in Brighton with plenty of pubs within the vicinity of the station – The Queen’s Head is just across the road from the station and just across to the right is The Railway Bell. Head over to The Railway Bell then follow that road down (Surrey Street) and further down on the left is The Evening Star which is away fan friendly and a good pub for real ale fans (Dark Star brewery). Head past The Queen’s Head and continue down the road toward the seafront (10min walk) for a Wetherspoons (The Bright Helm) on the right which is popular with away fans.
    Leave plenty of time to get to the ground as most games are sell-outs and the trains get very congested – alternatively get a bus or a taxi.


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  17. Tom

    Had a great afternoon in Brighton last month watching the redmen in the cup.

    Not a fan of park & rides as we like to get away quickly after the game usually, so we decided to park in the centre of town and train it in later on. I know someone turned up at the P&R at about 3 but couldn’t get in till about 5. The weather was kind to us so we had a great pub crawl down to the seafront and back.

    Got to the station just before 7 and was very busy with long queues for both buses and trains. Got chatting to a few locals who knew of a regular bus service about 5 mins back down the road which runs to the university just by the ground. We were able to jump straight on this for free (with a match ticket) and got to the ground about for about half 7. I know of a few people who missed the first 10 mins due to the queues at the station.

    Very impressed with the ground both inside and out, nice to see a club / architect make a bit of an effort creating a new ground that’s a bit different.

    Buses were waiting after the game to go back in town so managed to jump on the first double decker to leave and were able to stop right next to where we’d parked the car.

    Best awayday for a long time, really hope they come up so we can do it again.


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  19. Andy

    Enjoyed my visit to the new stadium. Hopefully somebody from B&HA reads these comments though.
    1. The away fans are at the wrong end….I hope it doesn’t happen, but at some point in the future, Sussex constabulary are going to have some big problems with the away support/home support all intermingled around the ground. I hope not.
    2. Transport links are really not good are they? ancient coaches from Town and queues of hundreds in the rain. what a laugh..The queue for the trains was interesting as well as long! Some people, especially on a week night cannot afford to hang around in the ground for a beer, although very well done for offering that facility.
    3. signage. You may want to put up a few large signs showing away supporters where to go (nicely of course).
    4. Why are you searching the away supporters? You didn’t search the home support from what we saw. Only away supporters cause problems is that it? Think not chaps.

    However, Ground itself is great, beer and food is superb and well Done on these things. Lovely seats..shame we never used them!


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  21. Curtis Wyatt

    Horrible day. Me and my boyfriend were tormented throughout and at one point he was reduced to tears. Before the game we went to a home pub called the Giddy Bridge. We thought it was safe for a quick glass or two but when I revealed the blue and white underneath my coat I was attacked briefly by a nutter in a blue Fred perry polo shirt. Overall for the day out however i’d give it a .7/10. Plenty of banter and good looking men. xx


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  23. Michael Brookes

    Brighton Football Club urgently needs a public car parking facility.
    One can’t expect everybody to use an inadequate public transport system; especially the very young and elderly.


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  25. Dan E

    Home fan here.
    I always remain behind for at least an hour after a match as it takes that long for the transport queues to die down.
    I know not everyone can do that, especially after night matches & kids in tow and I agree its something the club needs to look at.
    Nothing worse than seeing fans leaving in droves with 8 minutes to go & the game in the balance, just so they can beat the rush.
    Apart from that, I think I speak for most BHAFC fans when I say its a terrific stadium & beyond our wildest dreams, considering where we were during the dark days.


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  27. Luke

    Brightons ground is amazing however it is very hard to get to too as it is in the middle of no where


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  29. Joanna Farr

    We own the Downs Hotel http://www.downs-hotel.co.uk

    located just 1.9miles along the same road as the amex community stadium, they have very little parking there and the security often send away fans to us to use our park & ride service, we welcome away fans and the earlier they come the wider the choice of buses. We offer a wide range of lagers & real ales and have a large restaurant serving everything from a quick snack to more substantial homemade dishes. We also offer fans BB rooms from £30 per person per night. The bus company charge £4 return & £2 for kids. We hope that you would b e able to add the above to your website
    kind regards Jo & Jim Farr
    The Downs Hotel
    http://www.downs-hotel.co.uk
    [email protected]
    01273 390860


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  31. Dom M

    went to brighton for a pre season friendly, in which was a good day. the stadium both inside and out is amazing and one off the best in the championship. the atmosphere was brilliant as usual from us 3,000 fans who went, even though we did lose 3-1. brighton fans didnt sing much. its a bit of a nightmare at falmer, because theres a lot of waiting which caused me to miss my next train from brighton station, but oh well. also it is in the middle of no-where but nevertheless great day out and great stadium. c’mon the chels!


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  33. Glyn

    Nice ground but worse access I have ever been to. Took us more than 90 minutes to get on a train. Treated at the station like bloody cattle


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  35. Heather Sharp

    Hi I will be heading down to the Amex for Huddersfield Town’s match against Brighton on the 2nd March and was wondering what the facilities are like for disabled away fans I will be in my wheelchair, we did ask our Brighton friends who came up to Huddersfield for the weekend and they tried to describe where I would be, but I found it hard to understand. kind regards Heather.


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  37. Gareth Adams

    Be careful if you choose the Downs Hotel transport option.

    A number of fans waited exactly where we were told for the return journey in the pouring rain for the mini bus to not turn up.

    The hotel is 2 miles away along a long dark road with no path so walking back was not an option. None of those waiting could get a phone signal at the stadium so in effect we were really left stranded.

    We were lucky that a taxi turned up which we managed to grab back the the hotel.

    When we discussed the problem with the hotel they simply blamed the transport provider and took no responsibility whatsoever and refused to give us a refund.

    Avoid The Downs Hotel option.


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  39. max carter

    went to brighton on 24 11 12 by car from bolton 273 miles the brighton ground was amazing went to downs hotel in woodingdean, had breakfast large,food was excellent staff was friendly minibuse from hotel to ground and back £4.00 windy and pouring with rain draw hardiy deserved but great great day


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  41. dave

    Hi,

    I am coming down for the millwall game next week and was wondering if there are any carparks near the ground and if you can give postcodes/cost etc?

    Cheers


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  43. Shaun

    I went to The Amex this season, and the parking was a nightmare. Around the ground there are stewards everywhere telling you where you can’t park, but very few who know where you can. Eventually we were directed to the designated away fans car park, and were charged £13 for the privilege. Really badly signed, hard to find, and then you get ripped off! Beware!


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  45. Beaker66

    Alternative advice from a Brighton fan.

    Instead of drinking in Brighton try out Lewes instead. It’s only 7 minutes by train to Falmer, four trains an hour. Last time I parked at Lewes station it cost £5. If you’re coming from London by train there are two trains every hour with a journey time of approximately 1h 05m.

    Lewes, the county town of East Sussex and the home of Harveys brewery, is a decent place with some good pubs all in walking distance of the station. My personal favourites are:-

    The Lansdowne – closest pub to the station, usually frequented by Brighton supporters on matchdays.
    The Elephant and Castle
    The Lewes Arms
    The Gardeners Arms
    The Snowdrop – this one is a bit of a walk.
    The John Harvey – Harveys pub

    All the above serve various real ales.

    Hope this is of some help.


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  47. steve123

    im a crystal palace fan and went on the 17th of march when we lost 3-0. i live in in soham so it was a bit of a drive but straightfoward. it took about 2 hours. if you go to pease pottage services than dont bother if its about 10-10 30 am because burger king is shut. there isnt a car park at the ground for away supporters but there is park and ride services that go to the stadium from mill road, the racecourse and mithras house and brighton university. or you could drive to lewes and get a train to falmer which is right next to the stadium. there is padded seats which were quite comfy. its a fantastic stadium the best in the championship. there are two big screens. overall its a fantastic place to go and i would recommend that you go to brighton pier afterwards were there are attractions and places were you can buy food like doughnuts and even a burger king..


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  49. jason deyes

    I’m coming to the amex for the fa cup match with my partner and three children we are coming with tiger travel does the coach park in th stadium or do we have a walk look forward to an enjoyable match and wish you all the best for the rest of the season.


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  51. Simon

    I have been to the Amax twice ( missed the 3-0) as others have said the transport is a joke how planning permission was obtained without decent links I will never know.

    The food was very good lots of bars and staff and fairly priced. The seats were very comftable and the stewarding sensible and fair, the view was fantastic. The first game we did hear the home fans but the second game we did not with the exception of the paper clappers they had been provided with.

    After the play off game we wee held back for 40 minutes which is not really surprising but the bars were open and the highlights on the screens. When we came out there were fans from both sides being aggressive but again at this fixture hardly surprising and probably not the norm as in the ground a lot of the support seemed mainly families but this fixture will always bring out the worst.

    All in all two good away days good ground good facilities but shocking transport


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  53. andy

    Fantastic new stadium once you get .BUT !!Whoever thought that building a 30000+ capacity stadium on the outskirts of the city, with very poor transpot links has obviously never been to a match in their life.We arrrived four hours before kick off(play off semi)to find the park and ride not yet open.Ended up in city centre and found good pubs around station area all friendly and allowing away supporters in. Spoke to a few of the locals who said best way to get to stadium was the FREE local trains running every few minutes.Went down to station around one hour before kick off, there must have been around five thousand fans waiting at station Made quick decision to get a taxi from outside station costs around £11 for the 15 minute trip which when shared between the four of us was fair enough.Once at ground easy to get into ground with plenty of beer and food points.However several of our mates waited for train and ended up missing kick off even though they left the pub with over a hour to spare.
    Good match and cracking atmosphere in ground However the return to city after final whistle was a joke.Forget the free trains unless you leave at half time. The queues were horrendous, set ofF walking back with hope of flagging down a taxi.No chance. Finally got one after an hour and half trying and made it back to car park at half eleven.
    Moral of this story. If your thinking of going to the Amex go on an organised bus that can take you straight to ground and away again after match ,dont even think of going for a couple of pints away from ground.Bite the bullet and pay the stadium prices if your that desperate for a drink.
    Its a pity because the Amex is one of ,no it is the best of the new grounds I have visited but first you have to get there . Good luck.

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