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Pre-Match Brief: Albion v Wigan Athletic

21 February 2014

Sandwiched between two FA Cup ties, current holders Wigan Athletic make their first visit to the Amex on Saturday for a highly anticipated Championship clash – kick-off 3pm.

The two sides sit just outside the play-offs, level on points and with an equal goal difference, so an exciting game is expected.

Fans can enjoy a day of sporting entertainment at the stadium, with the Seven Stars family sports bar opening at 11.30am, and showing the Middlesbrough v Leeds United game from 12.15pm, Chelsea v Everton from 12.45pm and the Italy v Scotland Six Nations rugby from 1.30pm. Seven Stars will also be serving a range of food for adults and juniors. 

Dick’s Bar is also open from 11.30am, showing the Middlesbrough v Leeds United game and the Chelsea v Everton game before the game. Concourses will open at 1pm.

After the game, Seven Stars, Dick’s Bar and all concourses will all be showing England v Ireland in the rugby and Crystal Palace v Manchester United from 5.30pm. Seven Stars, Dick’s Bar and the North Stand concourse will all be closing at 8pm, all other concourses will close at 6.30pm. 

Tickets for the game are still available and the club’s online print-at-home feature is the easiest and cheapest way to buy. Click here to buy online. Supporters can buy tickets in person tomorrow from the Amex ticket office and from the mobile retail unit situated outside of Brighton Station. Please allow plenty of time to purchase your tickets in person on the day.

All the latest team news, travel details and any further match information is available at www.seagulls.co.uk, on our official Facebook page and via the club's official twitter feed @OfficialBHAFC throughout the build-up to the game. Plus check out our YouTube channel for free post-match interviews and highlights.

NB: Supporters who bought tickets online and opted to print at home are reminded they must print the pdf attachment on their confirmation email which has a ticket barcode. Failure to print the ‘print-at-home’ ticket will incur a £1.50 per ticket reprint fee, which will be charged at the ticket office. Click here to watch a step-by-step guide to using the print-at-home feature.

Travel Guide…..Parking Available
Car parking for the Wigan game is available at the Bridge Car Park, just a few minutes' walk from the Amex, priced £15 on the day.

You can also book travel via our travel partners Seagull Travel, who pick up from points in all major Sussex towns – and even further afield.

Alternatively, our full travel service is in operation for the Leeds match, with the trains, buses and park-and-ride services included in the match-ticket package. For park-and-ride customers who will be arriving after 1pm, we strongly advise you to use the Brighton Racecourse site (postcode BN2 9XZ), where we have excellent capacity and a swift service.

Food and Drink
The special pie will once again be the Chicken Balti pie, and this will be available in all concourse kiosks.

Meanwhile, the guest beer for this fixture is Hydes Finest, from the Hydes Brewery in Lancashire. This will be available in East Stand upper, East Stand lower and West Stand lower concourses from the north-end kiosks, from the centre kiosk on the West Stand upper concourse, from the centre kiosk on the North Stand concourse and in Dick’s Bar.

There is special visit from famous Harveys horse-drawn dray cart on Saturday, which will be outside the Seven Stars and Dick’s Bar from 12.30pm.

Get Your Copy of Seagull
In this week’s edition of Seagull cover star Dale Stephens tells us how he went from a plasterer to a Championship footballer, while Andrea Orlandi looks forward to facing his brother-in-law. On Kick It Out day, ex-Seagull Peter Smith looks as the progress made since its inception in 1993.

There's also a special tribute to a member of the Albion coaching staff, we go behind the wheel with ex-Albion assistant manager and now driving instructor Bob Booker, and Brennan Dickenson tells us about his loan spell with Northampton Town.

David Rodriguez recalls the summer he followed in Wayne Rooney’s footsteps and Alan Mullery remembers the time he played against the late, great Sir Tom Finney.

Matchday Retail
As part of the big retail sale, we are offering £10 off hoodies and track jackets from our menswear range.

We’ll be running a two-for-£20 offer on fashion t-shirts. Hats, scarves and gloves are all available from just £5. And there is still 50% off all replica shirts. If you would like to buy your shirt now, or visit the full range of official Albion merchandise, visit www.seagullsdirect.co.uk.

Remember, if you want to top-up e-cash you can use our quick and easy top-up point located outside of the North Stand.

The Seagulls Superstore will be open before and after the game with additional outlets in the East, West and North Stands.

E-Cash Guide
Our Seagulls e-cash system is more rewarding to those fans arriving earlier and staying later. Click here for full details.

By using your smartcard to buy food and drink within the stadium you can earn a degree of cashback – and queuing time is significantly reduced. If you've not done it before, here is how you do it:

1. Visit the online Seagulls e-cash page via the fan tab at www.seagulls.co.uk
2. Log in using your unique fan number, card number and password
3. Click top up in the My Details section, and follow the on-screen instructions

Once Seagulls e-cash is loaded, you are ready to go and use your card to pay for food, drink and in the stores!

NB: After topping up your card (over the counter or online) you will need to activate the cash by holding your card on one of the smartcard readers for approximately 15 seconds.

The American Express Community Stadium is a no-smoking venue. Fans should note this also includes vapour and e-cigs, as this encourages the smoking of real cigarettes, and does not fit with the club’s non-smoking policy.

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