Albion have moved the Millwall game forward to Tuesday 18th December...Albion have brought forward their festive fixture against Millwall to Tuesday 18th December, due to a lack of public transport availability on Boxing Day and concerns over travel to and from the match for fans of both clubs.
More than 75% of fans coming to the Amex travel via train or bus, and the lack of public transport available on the 26th December, meant major concerns that 26,500 spectators could travel safely, to and from the stadium.
The club sought permission from the Football League, and chief executive Paul Barber commented, “Boxing Day is one of the key fixtures in the football calendar and ideally we wanted to stage the traditional festive fixture on the 26th.
“However, following discussions with the Football League and our safety advisory group – including the local police, fire and ambulance services – it was clear that for a stadium which relies so heavily on public transport it would have been impossible to be able to guarantee the safe and convenient movement of 26,000-plus spectators.
“On behalf of the club, I would like to thank the Football League and Millwall, both of whom have been extremely helpful in reaching this agreement and for the support of our safety advisory group.”
Barber also confirmed, Albion will be working with the Football League to attempt to ensure that future Boxing Day fixtures can be staged at the Amex.
He added, “Our transport partners and their staff do a wonderful job for us on our regular match days but in this day and age, when people are increasingly out and about on Boxing Day, wanting to socialise, visit family and friends, shop in the sales or enjoy leisure activities, including watching football and other sports, we see the availability of public transport as being absolutely key.
“We will work with the League and transport companies to find a solution for future seasons, as Brighton & Hove Albion remain entirely committed to staging Boxing Day fixtures at the Amex in years to come.”
The game on Tuesday 18th December will kick-off at 7.45pm.
Albion fans are advised that the Mithras House park-and-ride site will not be in operation tomorrow, but has been replaced with the Preston Barracks site on the opposite side of the road.