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Pre-match brief: Newcastle United

All you need to know if you are attending Saturday's game at the Amex.

By BHAFC • 05 November 2021

By James Boardman

Covid status checks

The Premier League require fans attending matches to carry some form of COVID-19 certification, and expect clubs to carry out random checks on a proportion of the crowd from gates opening right up to kick-off.

We request, as a condition of entry, that all supporters are able to show their COVID-19 status if spot-checked on arrival.

These spot checks will help the club to ensure that our supporters and staff can be prepared for any change to mandatory entry requirements should they occur in the comings weeks. It is important to remember that these measures can be requested with as little as seven days’ notice.

All match, season and away ticket holders aged 18 and over will need to be able to produce an NHS COVID digital pass (via the NHS App) or an NHS digital pass of a negative lateral flow test alongside photographic ID on request. This also includes evidence if you have been vaccinated abroad – more details here.

It is not recommended to bring paper versions of vaccination cards – Digital passes are now the recommended form of acceptable Covid pass. 

You should also continue to ensure that you follow government guidelines and you should not attend if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)

We would urge everyone to continue to use their common sense to protect themselves and also fellow supporters and our staff from COVID-19.

We recommend you maintain social distancing where you are able to do so and to wear a face mask in confined areas in and around the stadium, not least because the person in front of you, or to your side, may be more vulnerable.

We have had feedback from many fans concerned about travelling to and from the match by public transport, and it is clear that they would feel much more confident if supporters using trains and buses – including the park and ride buses – wore masks for their safety while travelling.

Travel to the Amex

Full travel news for the Albion v Newcastle game can be found here – please carefully plan your journey and remember to allow ample time for entry. We would ask fans to arrive early if they can.

The club’s matchday travel scheme will be in operation for this game with access to bus, train and park-and-ride services included within the ticket price.

Our limited additional parking is can only be booked in advance (no cash sales on the day).

We will be using mobile ticketing for parking this season, and you will need to download the ticket to your phone to show on entry to the relevant car park. In all our car parks, we ask that you reverse into parking bays.

Arriving at the Amex 

Fans must wear a face covering at all times when moving around inside the stadium – the only exception is when you are eating or drinking or in your seat. We would also strongly recommend you wear your mask in congested external areas, particularly when queuing.

On arrival at the stadium please ensure you always comply with the requests of our safety and stewarding team. They are there for your safety and the safety of those around you.

We will still be required to carry out our usual stadium entry and security checks ahead of you accessing the turnstile.

We respectfully ask that you do not bring bags to the stadium. If you do so, the maximum permitted size will be A4 (297mm x 210mm). There are no exceptions to the policy and there are no bag storage facilities at the stadium. Any bags left outside the stadium will be removed and disposed of.

  • Stadium Store will open at 1pm (closes at kick-off and re-opens after final whistle until 8pm) for match attendees only
  • Dicks Bar will open at 2.30pm
  • Hospitality & 1901 Club areas will open at 3pm
  • Turnstiles will open at 3.30pm

Mobile digital ticketing at the Amex

Please don’t forget to charge your phone before you leave for the Amex and download your tickets to your phone's wallet.

Have your pass ready before you get to the turnstiles. 

The tickets appear at the bottom of the Apple Wallet or on the Passes tab of Google Pay.  You will be prompted to do this when you open Google Pay. If your phone does not have NFC please tap the 'Show Code' option.

Remembrance tribute

Saturday’s match is dedicated to remembering the service and sacrifice of our Armed Forces community. As part of our tribute, the club have planned a poppy display to appear with help from our supporters in the east stand.

The display will start just before kick-off, while members of the Surrey and Sussex Drum and Bugle Corps perform the Last Post.

Ticket holders sitting in the east upper and lower will find a recyclable coloured card attached to their seat on arrival. These cards have been organised in order to create a large display that will take place before kick off. We ask those who are seated in these areas to follow these instructions:

  1. Detach the card attached to your seat
  2. Keep this card safe until nearer to kick-off
  3. Make sure you’re seated in your seat on time to be involved in the display, which is occurring moments before kick-off
  4. Once you hear The Last Post tribute, we ask all supporters with a card to hold up their card in front of them until the referee whistles to end the tribute.
  5. Please make sure you then dispose of these cards in recyclable bins marked on site.

Those in the north, south and west stands will be able to experience the poppy display during our tribute from their seats.

Playing kits will feature a unique poppy print and will be put up for online auction to raise funds for the Royal British Legion.

All shirts will be auctioned live from kick off. This means that you can start bidding for your favourite shirt from the first whistle! What’s more, they will be personally signed by the players after the game and will be offered unwashed – so all the grass and mud stains will still be on them.

The auction will only run for a few weeks, so don't miss your chance.

Go to https://www.matchwornshirt.com/club/brighton-hove-albion to get your hands on a unique piece of Albion memorabilia and support The Royal British Legion.