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PRE-MATCH BRIEF: ALBION V BRISTOL CITY

28 April 2017

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's game.


Brighton & Hove Albion welcome Bristol City to the Amex tomorrow, kick-off 5.30pm.

The club will mark the end of the season in style this Saturday, with an array of pre-match entertainment ahead of the 5.30pm kick-off against Bristol City. Concourses will be opening at the earlier time of 3.30pm.

Saturday's game will also see the club mark the 20th anniversary of the last-ever game at the Goldstone Ground, and flags will be placed on every seat to mark the occasion.

Fans are advised to arrive and be seated early for the pre-match interviews that will commence at 4.50pm. This includes an interview with Albion director Martin Perry, followed by the club's poet in residence John Baine reading his iconic poem ‘Goldstone Ghosts’.

Next up will be an interview with Stuart Storer, who netted the last, crucial goal at the Goldstone, to secure a vital 1-0 win over Doncaster Rovers in April 1997 – before a special big screen video commemorating the 20th anniversary.

That is followed by operatic soprano Donna-Marie Hughes singing ‘Abide With Me’ in tribute to those Albion players and fans who've passed in the previous year - including former skipper Paul McCarthy and supporter Paul Whelch.


Matchday travel update

The club has been informed by Southern Rail that they will be operating a full matchday service, but supporters are still advised to check Southern’s website before travelling.

Please note that wherever possible, all fans are advised to get to the stadium as early as possible regardless of how they are travelling.

The club will publish updated information if and when it becomes available.


Park & Rides

The three park & rides at Mill Road, the University of Brighton and at the Racecourse will be open at 2.30pm, with the first buses departing shortly after opening.

Fans are advised that all park & ride sites must be cleared within two hours of the final whistle.

Any vehicles that are not moved, may be removed at the owner’s expense.


Car Parks

All available spaces at The Bridge (Car Park B) are sold out, as are all university parking spaces. Supporters are advised to use the public transport options available for this fixture.


Seagull Travel

Additional buses and spaces are available to pre-book through Albion's official travel partner, Seagull Travel. 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.


Drop -offs & pick-ups after the match

Please note there will be no pick-ups or drop-offs along Village Way.

Therefore the club will be opening car park 5 (within Car Park C) at Sussex University by the sports hall, to enable fans to be dropped off and picked up before and after the match.

Please note that all vehicles entering Sussex University must enter via Stanmer Park, as there will be no entry at Falmer or Knights Gate.


Upon arrival

Dick’s Bar and the 7 Stars Sports Bar will be open from 2.30pm. In the Fanzone live music from Sussex Steel will be on the bandstand from 3.15pm. The Hop Bar will be open for fans arriving early.

1901 Club lounges will be open from 3pm and the stadium concourses from the earlier time of 3.30pm. Fans arriving early will be able to watch the results of other matches on the stadium TVs whilst also enjoying the pre-match build -up.

The club’s catering partner, Sodexo, are running their usual early bird concourse offer from 3.30pm until 4.30pm. Buy any food item and any alcoholic drink for only £8, or any food item and any soft drink for just £6. These offers are available in the stadium concourses only.

Piglets Pantry’s Chicken Jalfrezi pie and the Broccoli, Cauliflower & Double Cheese pie are the guest items for this game. Commemorative pies are also available donning the club crest from various kiosks across the stadium.


Stadium Superstore

A range of the club’s ‘Together in the Premier League’ merchandise is available to purchase in store and is also available online at seagullsdirect.co.uk.


The 7 Stars Sports Bar

Fans can book their spaces in the 7 Stars Sports Bar for Saturday’s game for £12. The pass includes lounge access from 2.30pm.

A free pool and football table are both included in the lounge, with a pay bar serving a wide range of alcoholic and soft 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).


The 1901 Club

All 1901 Club members are reminded that tickets can be collected from the 1901 Club members’ office, located opposite North Stand Reception. The 1901 Club lounges will be open from 3pm.
 
For this fixture, the club’s catering partner Sodexo will be running its 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 4pm.

As with the last home game against Wigan Athletic, the 1901 Club dress code will be relaxed to allow members and their guests to wear replica shirts and scarves - although please note that the rest of the dress code will remain in place. Smart jeans or trousers, along with shoes, smart boots, trainers or canvas shoes must still be worn; please note shorts and flip-flops are not permitted.

Hospitality guests dining in HB's Restaurant are still required to wear shoes; trainers will not be permitted in dining areas, but replica shirts will be permitted.

Those choosing not to wear replica shirts must observe the dress code detailed below:

Clothing: Men must wear a collared shirt or polo shirt, smart jeans may be worn, polo neck sweaters and turtle necks are not permitted. (Under-14s may wear home replica shirts.)

Footwear: Shoes or smart boots must be worn. Trainers, canvas shoes and flip -flops are not permitted in the dining areas.

Hospitality guests dining in HB's Restaurant will still be required to wear shoes; trainers will not be permitted in dining areas.

We remind all supporters booking hospitality to ensure that all members of the party attending the match are also aware of the dress code to avoid any embarrassment on the day. Those not wearing suitable dress and footwear may be refused entry and no refunds will be offered.

Those not wearing suitable dress will be relocated into a general admission seating area without lounge access (subject to availability and proof of identity, a reprint charge of £5 per seat applies).

We also ask all members to ensure that any guests attending matches are also aware of these restrictions to avoid any embarrassment on the day.


After the match

As per the club’s communications earlier this week, we ask fans to stay off the Amex pitch this weekend.

Victory would clinch the Championship title, and both Tony Bloom and Paul Barber have requested that supporters remain in their seats, to allow the players a proper end-of-season lap of honour and – should the team secure the title – to receive the EFL Championship trophy.


Special edition of Seagull




This Saturday we will be giving away a giant double-sided promotion poster free with your souvenir issue of Seagull.

The posters capture the glory and excitement of the Seagulls’ promotion to the Premier League and will accompany a bumper 134-page issue of the matchday magazine, which features interviews from many of the players who have contributed to such a monumental season.

Chairman Tony Bloom pens an emotive column looking back on the past 12 months, likewise manager Chris Hughton and chief executive Paul Barber, while we also speak to the big winners from the Players’ Awards Dinner on Monday night.

We also mark the 20th anniversary milestone of the Goldstone Ground closing with an extended 40-page look back to that emotional day in 1997 and the series of events that ultimately led to our former home’s demise.

Copies of this souvenir issue are sure to sell fast, so pre-order yours online today at seagullsdirect.co.uk, or purchase a copy in and around the Amex on Saturday, priced £5.

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