Planning permission was given by the unitary authority of Brighton and Hove City Council in June 2002, with the intention of the stadium being ready for the 2005–06 season. When the club was evicted at the end of the 1996–1997 season, it groundshared for two seasons at Gillingham's Priestfield Stadium, 50 miles away in Kent.[4]. The stadium was designed with scope for expansion, and plans were put in place to increase the capacity. “We have upgraded the wifi because we know how important it is, particularly for young fans. However, Lewes District Council immediately mounted a new legal challenge to the stadium plan. The other match was between Samoa and United States with Samoa winning 25–16 with 29,178 in attendance. Without having a new stadium planned, the club’s former board decided to sell Brighton’s home in 1995, Goldstone Ground, which saw the club be evicted and transplanted 75 miles away in Kent where they had to groundshare Gillingham’s Priestfield Stadium. Brighton to offer free sanitary products at Amex Stadium 30 Aug 2018 . Her decision went against the advice of planning inspectors. The stadium was designed by London-based architects, KSS. The first competitive game played at the stadium was the 2010–11 season final of the Sussex Senior Cup between Brighton and Eastbourne Borough on 16 July 2011. © 2020 TheStadiumBusiness News. [15] This record attendance was broken on 26 January 2013, when 27,113 attended a 3-2 defeat against Arsenal in the fourth round of the FA Cup [16][17] Less than two months later and the record was broken again; this time 28,499 people watched Brighton beat Crystal Palace 3–0 on 17 March 2013. The stadium is close to the A27 Brighton by-pass,[30] linking it northbound to the A23 and M23 motorway towards London and southbound to the A270 and the city centre. Brighton boss Graham Potter believes football has the capacity to safely welcome back supporters and is saddened to be playing bitter rivals Crystal … Brighton & Hove Albion (#16) Falmer Stadium – Capacity: 30,666. The North Stand has 2,688 seats. A few weeks later this record was broken again when Brighton and Hove Albion played Sheffield Wednesday in the second leg of the play-offs. All Rights Reserved. Brighton’s average attendance this season is 30,376, compared to 30,426 in 2018-19 and 30,405 in 2017-18. Hazel Blears, the Secretary of State responsible for planning, re-affirmed the approval on 25 July 2007. The relocation of Brighton & Hove Albion to Falmer Stadium was hardly the result of meticulously planning. The stadium is set three storeys down into the ground. [28] The stadium's drinking outlets offer real ales from two local breweries, Harveys and Dark Star, both organisations having supported the club's appeal for a new stadium at Falmer, along with special guest beers from breweries local to the away teams.[29]. In April 2006, Prescott admitted that he had given his approval based on the misconception that only a small part of the stadium site lay on the Lewes side, and withdrew it. [8] The stadium capacity has been expanded, with an extra seating tier being installed above the East Stand (Family stand), which increases the capacity to about 30,000 seats. [UPDATE] Brighton has today (25/4) been granted planning permission for the expansion of The Amex. In 2019 a film was produced telling the story of the match between Japan and South Africa, called The Brighton Miracle.[25]. On 2 January 2012, Brighton & Hove Albion submitted an application to Brighton and Hove City council to increase the stadium capacity by a further 8,000 seats as well as to add additional corporate boxes, new television facilities and a luxury suite.

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