On the road to…Brighton
With the best will in the world, I’m not going to make every away game this season, which is why I didn’t get down to Southampton, and so my most recent away trip was the jaunt down to Brighton & Hove Albion. This journey was not actually as interesting as it could have been, as most of it was spent on the road (literally) down to Brighton itself, with the only rail journey being from Brighton to the stadium. Oh well…the interesting journey can be for next time.
Date: 24 October 2011
Stadium: American Express Community Stadium
Away Section: South Stand
Score: Brighton & Hove Albion 0-1 West Ham United
Nearest station: Falmer
Local Rozzers: Sussex Police
Total Travel Cost: £3.10p (1 x Off-Peak Day Return)
Station to Stadium: The American Express Community Stadium (generally known as the Amex) is Brighton’s shiny new home and has literally been built right next to Falmer station – new bridges and walkways connect the station platforms to the plaza area around the perimeter of the stadium, allowing as easy access as you could dream of. This is one of the benefits of a new ground that clubs are opening their eyes to.
Anything else?: The Amex is such a step up from their previous home that Brighton no longer have to provide a public transport voucher with your match ticket which covered part of the cost of not using your car. The parking around the old Withdean Stadium was virtually non-existant, and so the club encouraged everyone to use public transport.