All you need to know ahead of Friday's match.
Friday evening sees Steve McClaren’s Derby County visit the Amex for the 7.45pm kick-off.
Matchday Travel Update
The club has been advised that Southern are planning to operate a matchday service, and fans planning to attend the match by train are strongly advised to check the Southern website before travelling to the game.
Park & Rides
The three normal park & rides at Mill Road, the University of Brighton and at the Racecourse will be open as usual at 4.45pm, with the first bus departing at 5pm.
Both Brighton & Hove Buses and Stagecoach will be running their normal weekday operations.
A very limited number of parking spaces are available in Car Park B (The Bridge) which can be secured on the night for £15.
Drop-Offs & Pick-Ups
Please note there will be no pick-ups or drop-offs along Village Way, due to the large volume of buses and coaches. 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. 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 also publish updated information if and when it becomes available.
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.
Season-ticket holders who pay for their season ticket via lump sum are reminded you need to renew your season ticket by 5pm on Wednesday 15th March. Completed renewal paperwork can be returned to the ticket office before tomorrow’s match. The ticket office is open pre-match for supporters looking to purchase tickets for upcoming home fixtures, though we advise fans to purchase tickets online at seagullstickets.com.
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Dick’s Bar and the 7 Stars Sports Bar will be open from 5pm. In the Fanzone we have Knocksville performing on the bandstand from 6.30pm and the Hop Bar will be open for fans arriving early.
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.
Piglets Pantry Leek & Brighton Blue Sausage Roll and the Butternut Squash & Spicy Vegetable Pie are the guest items for this fixture.
The stadium superstore is open before the match and will close promptly after the game.
In store, there are a host of gifts available for Mothers’ Day as well as 20% off ladieswear. These offers are also available 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 5pm.
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 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 dress code for the 1901 Club is smart business attire as 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.
At half-time the club’s eyecare partner, Eyesite, will be running bubble football on the pitch. We invite fans to watch and cheer on the fans taking part in what we hope will be a hard-fought, but comical, five minutes of action.
Level Playing Field
This week has been Level Playing Field’s week of action and to celebrate there will be a number of activities that take place to highlight some of the work that BHAFC and AITC do to support inclusion. Both our amputee and powerchair teams will be in attendance with Lewis Hammans joining us pitchside before kick-off to celebrate his 100th goal for the Albion last weekend.
Elliot Batchelor, Disability Liaison Officer and Paul Brackley, Disability Manager for AITC, will be talking about the recent developments in ticketing provisions for disabled supporters and the work that AITC do within the community to support disability sports.
The match ball will be carried out by Freddie Ireland, a blind football player with AITC and Dan Coppard who represents Brighton & Hove Albion Amputee Football Club. For more information on Level Playing Field or the work that the club does in this area, visit www.seagulls.co.uk.
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