All set for next Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City? Please read our important supporters’ guide before you set out on the road to Wembley.
Wear blue and white
Albion will be wearing their home colours for the semi-final, so let’s make Wembley a sea of blue and white! Supporters can still take advantage of the Show Your Colours retail offer, where a saving of £20 can be made on any 2018/19 replica shirt, providing a home or away match ticket is purchased before 5pm on 23rd April (FA Cup semi-final ticket also accepted). For all other Albion merchandise for the semi-final, visit BrightonAndHoveAlbion.com/shop.
Wembley bag policy
Albion supporters should be aware of the Restricted Bag Policy that will be in operation at Wembley Stadium next Saturday.
All ticket holders are prohibited from bringing any bag into the stadium unless it adheres to the Wembley Stadium regulations as outlined below. Entry of any non-compliant bag will be refused.
Due to the additional time required for security checks, supporters are discouraged from taking bags to Wembley Stadium, and encouraged to arrive early in order to assist with entry time for all spectators entering the ground.
Bags will be checked at an outer cordon and a bag gauge will be used for any dispute on size.
All items and bags carried by guests and staff will be carefully inspected upon entry to the stadium, which may include a personal wanding or pat down.
All matchday merchandise purchases will be supplied in a clear plastic bag in line with this policy and will be admissible. If you purchase merchandise from one of the concession stands on the outer concourse or the external stadium store, the bag will be sealed because it is inside the security cordon. Please do not break the seal until you enter the venue.
If for any reason (medical) you require a bag that does not adhere to this policy, please contact Wembley Stadium prior to matchday at help.wembleystadium.com/support/home.
You will be issued with a certificate representing your right to take those items into the stadium. You will need to produce this certificate at the outer security cordon. Your bag will be searched and may be subject to an x-ray scan before entering the venue.
Beneath are the size requirements for bags taken into Wembley Stadium:
•Bag to be no larger than A4
•Height 297mm (11.7 inches)
•Width 210mm (8.27 inches)
•Depth 210mm (8.27 inches)
Thank you for your cooperation and your contribution to providing a safer environment and an improved event-day experience.
Albion nest in Boxpark
Seagulls fans who have secured tickets for the Boxpark on Wembley Way next Saturday are in for an absolute treat!
The 2000-plus capacity, state-of-the-art entertainment venue has more than 20 different street food kiosks, three massive bars, a giant video screen, music and a range of dining and VIP options.
Boxpark will become the club’s HQ on the day, opening from 11am until 11pm, with directors, staff, sponsors and guests being joined by club legends.
Richie Reynolds will host the event, with live Q&As from Tony Bloom, Alan Mullery, Steve Sidwell, and a number of other Albion legends including Bob Booker, Guy Butters, Andy Rollings and Gordon Smith.
There will also be music and DJs in the build up to the game, access for the broadcast and print media, and the chance to win spot prizes with some fun and games throughout the build up.
Afterwards, those fans with Boxpark tickets will again be able to enter and celebrate what will hopefully be a famous victory!
Take the train to Wembley
Contrary to premature news reports, Albion fans will be able to let the train take the strain on FA Cup semi-final day, after Network Rail postponed planned engineering works due to take place next Saturday.
The club made the request to Network Rail, Govia Thameslink and Southern Rail following the quarter-final win over Millwall, and rail bosses have now cancelled scheduled works, which would have meant a line closure between Brighton and Three Bridges.
Albion chief executive Paul Barber commented, “Our transport manager George Hunt was quickly in contact with the various parties to make the request, and we are delighted that Network Rail, Southern and Govia have agreed.
“We are genuinely grateful to all those concerned for postponing the planned works, as we know this creates a lot of additional work and planning for the rail companies, and with that in mind we would like to place on record our thanks on behalf of the club and our supporters.
“We expect thousands to travel on trains, and our advice is to plan your journey, allow ample time to get to and from the stadium, and arrive early to enjoy the day at Wembley.”
Albion's official transport provider, Seagull Travel, will be running coaches to Wembley from over 100 pick-up locations across Sussex, Kent, Surrey and Hampshire. Coach seat prices starting from £25 for adults and £20 for under-16s. Bus prices are a flat rate £20 picking up from the Amex. A full list of pick up locations and prices can be viewed here.
Parking at Wembley
Where possible we recommend taking public transport to Wembley. However, parking for supporters and supporters’ coaches can be purchased; coach parking costs £65 per coach and car parking is £30 per car (£15 for blue badge holders). To book visit www.wembleyofficialparking.com.