All you need to know ahead of tonight's game.
Brighton & Hove Albion welcome Aston Villa to the Amex tonight, kick-off 7.45pm.
The teams last met in the league back in 1983 at the Goldstone ground, with 14,657 fans in attendance for a goalless draw.
The game marks the club’s remembrance tributes, which will take place before kick-off. We advise fans to be in their seats by 7.30pm to come together, as we pay our respects to those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom.
Once again, due to an expected attendance of over 29,000, the club is encouraging fans to arrive early for this fixture, as public transport and the park & ride facilities are expected to be busier than usual for an evening fixture.
Matchday travel update
The club has been advised by Southern Rail that a full matchday rail service will be in operation for tonight’s game. We encourage fans to arrive early for this fixture and check the Southern Rail website for updates before travelling.
All three park & ride sites will also be in operation from midday. All car parks are sold out for this fixture.
The club will endeavour to publish any updates to matchday travel at seagulls.co.uk and via the club's Twitter feed.
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 www.seagull-travel.co.uk.
At the time of writing, we have a very limited number of tickets remaining for this fixture. Seats are available in the hospitality section, with halfway line seating in the East Stand (Block E1DH) priced at £55 per place, which also includes pre and post-match access to the 7 Stars Sports Bar.
Please note the match has been designated ‘all ticket’, therefore seats will not be available to buy from the Amex today and must be purchased in advance.
But the ticket office will be open for supporters wishing to purchase tickets for the upcoming fixtures at the Amex. There are limited tickets available for the visit of Fulham.
Dick’s Bar will be open from 4.30pm and the 7 Stars Sports Bar will be open from 5pm. In the Fanzone we have Scott Howland performing on the bandstand, and the Hop Bar will be open for fans arriving early.
Early Bird offers
Due to popular demand, the club’s catering partner Sodexo are continuing their early bird offers of any food item and any alcoholic drink for £8, or any food item and any soft drink for £6. These offers are available in the stadium concourses from 6.15pm until 6.45pm.
Food and Drink
Piglets Pantry’s Lamb with Guinness Gravy and the Spinach, Mushroom & Ricotta pie are our guest items for this game.
The 7 Stars Sports Bar
Fans can book their spaces in the 7 Stars Sports Bar for Friday’s game for £12. The pass includes lounge access from 5pm.
A free pool and football table are both included in the lounge, with a pay bar serving a wide range of alcoholic, soft and drinks, as well as a kiosk-style bar menu.
The pass also includes a free matchday programme, and visitors in the lounge can take advantage of a more relaxed dress code, allowing trainers and replica shirts to be worn.
To book your place in the 7 Stars Sports Bar, please visit www.seagullstickets.com and login with your fan number or call 0844 327 1901 (calls cost seven pence per minute plus your network rate).
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1901 Club members are reminded that tickets can be collected from the new 1901 Club members’ office, located opposite North Stand reception. The 1901 Club lounges will be open from 5.15pm.
For this fixture, the club’s catering partner Sodexo will be running an early bird offer throughout the 1901 Club lounges for those arriving early. 1901 Club members will receive a free pint or soft drink for under-18s with every burger ordered before 6.15pm.
The club would like to remind hospitality guests dining in HB's Restaurant that they will still be required to wear shoes; trainers will not be permitted in dining and hospitality areas.
Members are reminded that they and their guests can wear collared shirts, including polo shirts, and smart jeans, trainers, and canvas shoes are permitted.
Please note, replica shirts (under-16s are allowed to wear a Brighton & Hove Albion replica shirts), ripped jeans, shorts, non-collared t-shirts, and flip-flops are not permitted.
After the match
Alongside the usual early bird offering in the stadium concourses, Sodexo will also be taking £1 off every alcoholic drink and hot food item purchased in the concourses after the game.
At half time, Richard Reynolds will be speaking to David Sullivan about next year’s Albion in the Community (AITC) cycle challenge to Amsterdam. The Albion to Ajax challenge aims to raise funds for AITC’s disability sports programmes and fans interested in participating can find out more here.
Aston Villa edition of Seagull
Make sure you pick up your bumper issue of Seagull on Friday, which includes the next free double-sided collectable poster – featuring Albion number 11, Anthony Knockaert!
Elsewhere, Steve Sidwell talks us through his wonder goal at Bristol City while cover star Glenn Murray takes a look at the season to date and recalls the last time Albion played Aston Villa, back in 2010.
We catch up with ex-Seagulls striker Nicky Forster, who also played in that game, and with Dale Stephens, Solly March and Jamie Murphy interviewed, this week’s issue really is bulging at the seams!
Make sure you pick up your copy, available in and around the Amex Stadium, priced £3.50.
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