Brighton & Hove Albion’s second home fixture of the season sees the Seagulls welcome Blackburn Rovers to the Amex Stadium.
Blackburn Rovers have taken two points from their opening three games after several changes in personnel over the summer, including the departure of last season’s top goalscorer Rudy Gestede.
The club's supporter services team are urging all supporters to arrive early at the stadium, with a high number of collections for matchday tickets.
Please bring your new season ticket card if you have received one. If you have not received a new card your old one will be active and you will require this to access the stadium.
We would like to make fans that utilise the club’s park & ride facility aware that park & ride 2 (formerly University of Brighton park & ride), has ongoing building work at the Cockcroft site, therefore we advise fans to arrive earlier than usual.
All other P&R car parks are operating a normal service.
Please also note than Coombe Road, close to the park & ride 2 site, is currently closed for essential road works.
Details of the location of our park & ride sites can be found in our travel guide.
Southern Rail will be running a usual matchday service for the match.
Albion’s official travel partner Seagull Travel collects from over 120 pick-up locations covering East and West Sussex and surrounding counties. Seats can be booked via http://www.eventtravel-hub.co.uk/ or by calling 0845 9011 442.
For those arriving early the Hop Bar in the Fanzone will have a special offer on pints of Harveys Best Bitter at just £3.50 between 1pm and 1.30pm.
Last orders from the Hop Bar in the Fanzone will be 2.30pm and fans should note that all drinks must be consumed before entering the stadium. Post-match there will be no alcohol served outside.
Having recently been accredited to launch two new Disability Regional Talent centres – one for partially sighted and deaf players and the other for blind footballers – Albion in the Community will be in the Fanzone giving fans the chance to have a go at our new matchday shooting game with a difference.
The bandstand will host local artist Jacko Hooper who will be performing at ‘Together the People’ festival in Preston Park on the 5th and 6th of September.
The club will also have volunteers outside the stadium collecting any unwanted sun hats or baseball caps. Fans are asked to donate an old hat in return for a voucher for £5 off a new cap from the Seagulls Superstore (valid this Saturday). The donated hats will then be distributed to the city's homeless population as part of Albion in the Community’s skin cancer campaign.
The Stadium Superstore will be open until kick-off with stock of the club’s latest 2015/16 change kits, home shirts as well as the new training kit range.
Kit printing will also be available, though fans are encouraged to arrive early for this facility due to the anticipated high demand.
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Opening Times and Arrival
For those arriving at the game early we will be showing the 12.45pm kick-off Premier League game between Newcastle United and Manchester United in the Seven Stars, Dick’s Bar and concourses when open from 1.30pm.
This week’s catering offer is pints of Foster’s for £3.50, available between 12pm and 12.30pm in Dick’s Bar.
Food & Drink Offering
Brighton & Hove Albion have unveiled a new catering line-up for the new season, including upgraded burgers, an additional Piglet’s Pantry pie flavour and a brand-new cheese-and-onion Piglet's pasty for vegetarians.
The guest Piglet’s Pantry offering is a large traditional Piglet’s Pantry sausage roll with Branston Pickle and the game’s guest ale is Robinsons Brewery’s newest beer ‘Dizzy’s Twisted Sister’.
The range of new 'street' food kiosks will be housed in the internal concourses at the Amex serving a variety of different options. This week the following offering will be available in each concourse:
North Stand: Sub ‘N’ Roll
West Stand Upper: Chicago Town Pizza
West Stand Lower & South Home: Piglet’s Pantry
East Stand Lower: Great Brits
East Stand Upper: Loaded Foot Long Hot Dogs
We also have a new Chicago Town Pizza kiosk in the North Stand.
This week’s catering offer is pints of Foster’s for £3.50, available between 12.30pm and 1pm in the lounges and from 1.30pm until 2pm in the concourses.
After the Albion game fans are welcome to stay and watch the Cardiff City v Wolverhampton Wanderers late kick-off in the Seven Stars (7.30pm), Dick’s Bar (8pm) or North concourse (open until 8pm).
Get Your Copy of Seagull
In Saturday’s issue of Seagull, the club’s matchday programme, we bring you the second of our super 32-page ‘Retro Albion’ sections, which this week focuses on Albion’s international players down the years.
Steve Penney, Steve Foster and Peter Ward are featured, while Ken Beamish recalls his days playing for both the Albion and Blackburn.
We have interviews with the trio of new signings – Uwe Huenemeier, Jamie Murphy and Connor Goldson – while David Stockdale reveals he has lost weight this summer to enhance his performances on the pitch.
All this and much more can be found inside your 84-page perfect bound edition of Seagull, available in and around the Amex Stadium this Saturday, priced £3.50.