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PRE-MATCH BRIEF: ALBION V MANCHESTER CITY

11 August 2017

The American Express Community Stadium is set to stage its first-ever Premier League encounter as Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City visit for the 5.30pm kick-off.

The 2013/14 Premier League champions finished in third place in the 2016/17 campaign, qualifying for the Champions League group stages as a result.

Albion’s last meeting with Manchester City came in 2008 in the League Cup when Matthew Richards scored the winning penalty for a shock victory at the Withdean, following a dramatic 2-2 stalemate after extra time. The last league meeting with Manchester City was also victorious for the Albion, Alan Curbishley scoring a penalty in a 2-1 win in front of 12,000 spectators at the Goldstone.

We advise fans to arrive as early as possible, enjoy the pre-match build up and atmosphere and take to your seats by 5.10pm, well ahead of kick-off.

Travel update

Parking

All near-site parking for this Saturday’s fixture has now sold out. All spaces at both Car Park B (the Bridge) and Car Park C (University of Sussex) have completely sold out – and there will be NO pay-on-the-day option.

The near-site car parks will be open for those who have booked in advance from 2.30pm.

Rail

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.

Park & Rides

The three park & rides at Mill Road, Mithras House (Lewes Road) 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.

Drop-offs & pick-ups after the match

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

As per last season’s procedures, the club will be opening car park 5 (within Car Park C) at the University of Sussex, 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 the University of Sussex must enter via Stanmer Park, as there will be no entry at Knights Gate.

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 as well as locations across Hampshire, Kent and Surrey. For a full list of pick-up locations please visit www.seagull-travel.co.uk.

Opening and closing times

The club shop will open at 9am and closes at 8.30pm. The shop is also closed during the match. The outside retail units are open from 2.30pm and close on kick-off.

The ticket office is open from 11am until half-time. The ticket office will reopen after the match until 8pm.

Dick’s Bar is open from 2.30pm until kick-off, then after the match until 10pm. Please note this bar is only open to over-18s.

All concourses will open at 3.30pm – two hours before kick-off. Post-match the East, South and West concourses will close at 9pm, with the North concourse remaining open until 10pm.

The 1901 Club lounges will open at 3pm, with HB’s Restaurant and the Goldstone Restaurant also opening at this time.

The Harvey’s Lounge, Hendy Lounge, Chandlers BMW Lounge, Sussex Skills Solutions Lounge, Mansell McTaggart Lounge, Heineken Lounge, Rivervale Lounge and South stand boxes will close at 9pm.

HB’s Restaurant and the Goldstone Restaurant will close at 9.30pm.

The Mayo Wynne Baxter Lounge, italk Lounge and West stand boxes will close at 10pm.

In the Fanzone

Upon arrival fans will be greeted by Lewes, Glynde and Beddingham Brass Band on the bandstand. The outside bars and food outlets will be open from 2.30pm and the football inflatable located opposite the stadium superstore.

Ticket office

Tickets for this fixture are SOLD OUT and no tickets will be available on the day of the match.

All season-ticket holders should have received a new season ticket over the past few weeks. If you have not received your new season-ticket card and pack please call 0344 324 6282 (option 6) or email supporter.services@bhafc.co.uk as soon as possible.

It is important that if you have not received your season ticket you do not wait until Saturday to notify us. We anticipate a busy matchday with a sell-out crowd and attempts to notify us on matchday will incur long waiting times. Please note if you have not updated your address details with the club prior to the mailing a reprint fee will apply.

Please destroy any old season-ticket cards you have as these are no longer valid. You will not be permitted to enter the stadium with last season's cards.

Stadium superstore

In the stadium superstore, both the home and alternative kits are available, with some sizes limited in availability. The goalkeeper kit is also now available in store. Shirt printing is available, though fans are advised shirt printing is best done post-match to avoid long waiting times.

The two new club retail outlets, situated at the south-east approach T-junction and north-west corner will be open, stocking a range of souvenirs. Both units accept cash payments but only the T-junction unit will be accepting card payments.

The new ‘We’re On Our Way’ book, DVD and Blu-ray are all available, plus we have a range of Nike leisurewear and accessories newly available for this season.

1901 Club

Hospitality for this fixture has sold out in both HB’s Restaurant and the brand new Goldstone Restaurant.

Lounges Dress Code

We would like to take this opportunity to remind members that the dress code for the 1901 Club is smart business attire for all guests, male and female.
Acceptable attire includes smart jeans, smart boots, clean trainers and canvas shoes. Please note ripped jeans, shorts and flip flops are not permitted. Hospitality guests dining in either restaurant will still be required to wear shoes; trainers will not be permitted in dining areas.
Men must wear a collared shirt or polo shirt. Football shirts, polo-neck and turtleneck sweaters are not acceptable. Only guests aged under 14 may wear Brighton & Hove Albion replica shirts. Away team colours or shirts are not permitted in any circumstances.
Please ensure your guests are aware of and adhere to the dress code as entry will not be permitted if they are not dressed accordingly.
Unfortunately, we will be unable to re-seat 1901 Club members or their guests in general admission areas of the stadium if refused admission to the 1901 Club.

Programme

We celebrate Albion’s Premier League debut against Manchester City with a bumper 132-page souvenir matchday magazine. We have exclusive interviews with Albion’s new summer signings, while Glenn Murray, Liam Rosenior and Steve Sidwell talk about their experiences of playing in the top flight.
We take an extended look at our visitors, with contributions from esteemed journalist Guillem Balague, who looks at Pep Guardiola’s first year in English football, and Gordon Smith, who played for both clubs. Adam Virgo also looks back at the last time Albion faced City.

Royal Blood drummer Ben Thatcher and British light-heavyweight champion Frank Buglioni look forward to the game, while Connor Goldson reflects on a difficult few months following his heart surgery.
Our extended retro section looks back at the club’s first ever top-flight game, against Arsenal in 1979, while for younger fans, keep a lookout for a fab new pull-out – jam-packed with news, views, quizzes and stats. Then flip it over to reveal the first of this season’s jumbo posters, featuring an Albion first-team favourite. Copies of this souvenir issue will sell fast, so make sure you purchase a copy in and around the Amex, priced £5.


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