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American Express Stadium- Brighton & Hove Albion FC Ground Guide

Discussion in 'Football Ground Guides' started by Smudge, Sep 4, 2015.

  1. Smudge

    Smudge Site Supporter Site Supporter Official Contributor

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    How Easy Was The Ground to Get To (from the station, by car, etc)
    The ground is on the outskirts of the city, surrounded by a parking restriction ring of steel, because they want you to use public transport. I took advice to park at Lewes Station and get the train to the ground. Definitely better than doing it the other way, as the queues are horrendous, but as most will be heading back to the city, trains to Lewes head the other way so the queues arent quite as bad. Worth noting too that public transport is free with a valid match ticket, which makes things slightly better.

    If Applicable, How is Parking Near The Ground?
    As above, ring of steel! If you are driving, I would definitely recommend the Lewes option.

    Based on Where You Were Sat, How Was the View?
    Back row of the home end, views are excellent all round.

    How Were The Stewards on The Day?
    No problems.

    If You Ate at The Ground, How Would You Rate the Food?
    Best pies in the Football League. Big and gorgeous.

    How Was The Atmosphere At The Ground, From Both Sets of Supporters? Does the Stadium Hold the Noise?
    Atmosphere was excellent.

    How Are the Pubs and Local Attractions in The Local Area?
    Not a lot near the ground at all, but I imagine most will stay in the city centre, and with good reason, as Brighton is an excellent city. Worth noting that the bars at the ground stay open for a while after kick off to try and help alleviate congestion on the trains.

    Overall Score Out of 10?
    The transport chaos lets it down slightly, but other than that, up there with MK Dons and Man City as the best new builds around.
    8/10
     
  2. rudebwoyben

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    How Easy Was The Ground to Get To (from the station, by car, etc)
    I took the Thameslink train from London Bridge to Brighton and then got another one to Falmer. These are often but these get very crowded even for a lower key match like the League Cup tie I went to. I'd imagine that for a normal league match you'd have to wait a long time and be squashed in. Alternatively, it's very easy to cycle from the centre of Brighton to the ground!
    If Applicable, How is Parking Near The Ground?
    No parking near the ground. Either use the park and ride facilities in Brighton or park in Lewes and take the train.
    Based on Where You Were Sat, How Was the View?
    Excellent view and legroom in the away end. The AMEX feels like a top quality stadium.
    How Were The Stewards on The Day?
    No issues whatsoever
    If You Ate at The Ground, How Would You Rate the Food?
    I had a really nice veggie pie.
    How Was The Atmosphere At The Ground, From Both Sets of Supporters? Does the Stadium Hold the Noise?
    Well, we did our best (which the Brighton fans appreciated) but a crowd of 11k in a 30k+ capacity stadium is not going to have the greatest atmosphere.
    How Are the Pubs and Local Attractions in The Local Area?
    Brighton is one of the most interesting cities to visit in the land - the North Laine, the Lanes, the beach, the pier, the new viewing platform (i360), the Volks Railway, Devils Dyke, the South Downs and Lewes.
    In terms of drinking, the only options near the ground would be the various university bars of the two universities nearby - cheap beer, what more would you want?
    Brighton itself is full of great pubs.
    Overall Score Out of 10?
    9/10 for me
     

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