Brighton & Hove Albion chief executive and deputy chairman Paul Barber is encouraging the club’s fans to enjoy a feast of football at the Amex this weekend by cheering on the women’s team in their FA Women’s Super League match against Arsenal on Sunday, as well as the men’s first team in their Premier League fixture on Saturday (this match is sold out but a limited number of tickets are available through the club’s official ticket exchange).
Hope Powell’s side play their final home match of the season against the Gunners on Sunday, in a game shown live on BT Sport, and Barber spoke about a season of solid progress for the women’s team.
He said, “Hope Powell and her team have adjusted well in their first season playing at the highest level of the women’s game.
“It is great news that we’ve already managed to maintain our FAWSL status for another season, and this is testament to an incredible amount of hard work that has been undertaken both on and off the pitch.
“On Sunday, we welcome Arsenal to our stadium in what is set to be a superb spectacle of women’s football, and we are looking to attract a large crowd to mark another historic occasion for the team.”
Barber was keen to reiterate the board’s commitment to growing the women’s game, and hopes it can inspire the next generation of young female footballers at the club and across the region.
“We as a club and board of directors remain determined to do all we can to raise the profile of our women’s team, and the game in general.
“Hosting a high-profile match of this magnitude at the stadium will serve as added motivation for our young players within the Regional Talent Club and academy to work their way up through to the first team, and inspire those at grassroots level to pursue a career in the sport.
“It is important to recognise the importance of having female role models in the game, and hopefully our women’s players can inspire the next generation of footballers.”
Sunday’s game will be the first of two high-profile women’s fixtures to be held at the stadium in the next couple of months, ahead of England’s friendly against New Zealand on 1st June.
“Being selected to host another England international is another huge honour for the football club. We are really looking forward to welcoming Phil Neville and his players to the Amex.
“It will be the second time we’ve hosted a senior women’s international at the stadium, and we saw the boost it had in helping to raise the profile of the women’s game across our region.
“Hopefully we can attract two large crowds for both games and make them occasions to remember.”
General sale tickets for Sunday’s Women’s Super League match against Arsenal are available at £3 for adults and £1 for under-18s and over 65s. Supporters are also advised that prices on the day of the match will increase to £5 for adults and £2 for under-18s and over-65s.
Tickets are available to purchase now at BrightonAndHoveAlbion.com/tickets via the club's ticket site using the print-at-home facility or from the Albion Booking Line on 0844 327 1901 (calls to this number are charged at seven pence per minute plus your network access charge).
There is a £1.50 per ticket booking fee for telephone and in-person sales, while an additional charge of £1 per ticket applies to online purchases where tickets are collected. Online tickets bought through print-at-home are exempt from booking fees.