Fixture News

Fans advice for FA Cup semi-final

Strict adherence to the advice will ensure Wembley is a safe environment for all visitors on the day and give fans the opportunity to make the most of their visit.

By BHAFC • 20 April 2023

By Paul Hazlewood
Wembley Stadium.

The countdown to kick-off begins here! Here’s everything you need to know about your day at Wembley Stadium.


Network Rail engineering works

Because of Network Rail engineering work, replacement buses will be running between Brighton and Littlehampton all weekend. If you’re travelling to the match, please allow yourself plenty of extra time for your journey as services will be busy, and there may be queues for the replacement buses and connecting trains from Brighton station up to London.

There is also engineering work taking place on the Thameslink route meaning there are no trains between London Bridge and St Pancras International. But you can still get to Wembley by using Southern trains to Victoria or Southern or Thameslink services to London Bridge and then changing onto London Underground services. Plan your train journey at National Rail and your Tube journey at TfL.


Getting to Wembley

Wembley Stadium have a Sofa-to-Seat tool which is really handy for planning your journey!

By National Rail: Please plan your journey in advance to avoid disappointment or delay. When leaving Wembley Stadium, please allow for a longer journey time to central London stations.

Heading to the game: Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express all operate services from Brighton to central London stations. The average train journey from Brighton takes around 1 hour and 15 minutes direct. Supporters can interchange at central London stations for London Underground and bus services to Wembley Stadium. Please factor additional travel across London into your travel time /costs.

London Underground: Wembley Stadium benefits from easy access to three rail / London Underground stations. These are:

  • Wembley Stadium station
  • Wembley Central station
  • Wembley Park station

Supporters should plan to arrive at Wembley stations no later than one hour prior to kick-off, to allow sufficient time to walk to and enter the stadium. Spectators are advised to check the National Rail Enquiries and TfL websites on event day for real-time travel information and status updates.

By Car: Event Day parking at Wembley Stadium is limited and must be booked in advance via the Wembley Official Parking website. Please book early to avoid disappointment. Any vehicles which do not pre-book will not be granted access to the stadium car parks. Customers are advised to park via the official car parks only.

Blue badge parking is available for ticketholders with accessibility needs and this can also be booked directly through the Wembley Official Parking website. For any further accessibility requirements, please review Wembley Stadium’s Access Information page, or visit the Guest support portal.

By Coach: National Express is the official coach partner to Wembley Stadium. National Express drop off at the stadium from over 50 locations around the UK making it the easiest and most convenient way to travel to Wembley. To book a National Express service for the Final visit the National Express website or call 08717 81 81 81.

Travelling home: Please allow for longer journey times from Wembley Stadium to central London stations after the game due to crowd safety controls for safe station access. Fans are asked to leave the ground promptly and avoid opting for the last train of the day. Check National Rail Enquiries for the latest up-to-date information.


Matchday timings


Opening Time

Closing Time




BHAFC Fanzone






Hospitality Lounges



If the scores are level after 90 minutes there will be 30 minutes extra time followed by, if necessary, a penalty shoot-out. Goal-line technology and VAR will be in use for the match.



Brighton & Hove Albion Fanzone

With our fan zone opening from 12.30pm for Albion fans to enjoy a drink, food, and a DJ, it’s the perfect place to soak up the pre-match party atmosphere. You can find it on Wembley Park Boulevard, at the Event Pad.

Alcohol will stop being served one hour before kick-off (3.30pm), with the fanzone closing at 4pm.

You will need a valid match ticket to enter the area which has a limited capacity. The stadium’s bag policy (see below) also applies to anyone visiting the fan zone.


Open from 10.30am for pre match build up with DJs, live music and maybe a special guest or two. BOXPARK has 3 huge bars, over 20 different food vendors, giveaways and tonnes more!

Tickets for BOXPARK are currently sold out! If you have a ticket, please remember that this is only valid for entry before 12:30pm (first come first served after that).

You can find more information on BOXPARK here.


No-street-drinking zone

Since 2022 Brent Council, and its partners, have enforced a no-street-drinking zone on Olympic Way and the surrounding area for ALL events at Wembley Stadium. This is part of the current Public Space Order Protection in place around the stadium on event days. More information on the order can be found here.

Fans drinking on Olympic Way and the surrounding streets ahead of the final will be asked to hand over their alcohol and enforcement action may be considered.

Supporters wanting alcohol before the game should head for the licensed bars or restaurants in the area or make their way to the dedicated fan zones outside the stadium.


Drink Responsibly

If you have an Albion ticket, you can enjoy a pre-match drink or meal in the following pubs and bars:

  • BOXPARK (pre-booked tickets only), Olympic Way, Wembley Park, HA9 0JT
  • Black Sheep, 2 Olympic Way, HA9 0GU
  • White Horse, 4 Wembley Park Boulevard, Wembley Park, HA9 0HP
  • The Green Man, Dagmar Avenue, HA9 8DF
  • Crystals, 1 Popin Building, HA9 0HB
  • The Arch, 324 Harrow Road, HA9 6LL
  • Station 31, 299-303 Harrow Road, HA9 6BD
  • The Liquor Station, 387A High Road, HA9 6AA
  • JJ Moons, 397 High Road, HA9 6AA
  • La Regina, St. George’s Hotel, 43-51 Wembley Hill Road, HA9 8AU


Food and drink

Wembley Stadium offers an extensive range of food and drinks inside the stadium – more information is available here.


Stadium access

Please arrive early at the stadium to allow enough time for necessary security checks, including enhanced searches and bag checks.

In a change to traditional opening hours turnstiles will open one hour earlier. Therefore, general admission to the stadium will open three hours before kick-off at 13.30pm. Hospitality turnstiles will also be open three hours before kick-off at 13.30pm.

Children (14 years and under) must be accompanied by an adult. Children under the age of two will not be permitted into the stadium.


Disabled supporters

Wembley Stadium is a welcoming and inclusive venue for all guests with access requirements. There are 310 places for wheelchair users, each with a personal assistant/companion seat. The stadium also provides a range of services for guests with specialist access requirements including a shuttle service from Wembley Park Station. More information can be found here.


Restricted bag policy

Wembley Stadium operates a restricted bag policy. Each person can only bring one small bag into the stadium, and it must not be bigger than A4 size:

Height – 297mm (11.7 inches) - Width – 210mm (8.27 inches) - Depth – 210mm (8.27 inches)

Please note, this means the overall bag size – bags that are half-full and folded over to reduce their size will not be accepted. Anyone carrying bags that do not meet the criteria above will not be allowed into the stadium. A full list of prohibited items can be found here.



The use of pyrotechnics, flares and smoke devices inside or outside Wembley Stadium is illegal and prohibited. Anyone caught carrying or using pyrotechnical equipment inside the stadium will be immediately ejected from the stadium, banned from future events and dealt with by police. Those caught using pyrotechnic equipment anywhere outside of the stadium will be in breach of the PSPO order and face enforcement action.


Persistent standing

Persistent standing during a match at Wembley Stadium is strictly forbidden (unless with a ticket for the safe standing area) and may result in ejection from the ground. Persistent standing not only compromises crowd safety but also affects the matchday experience of fellow spectators, especially children and elderly people.


Anti-social and discriminatory behaviour

Wembley Stadium operates a zero-tolerance policy on any form of anti-social and discriminatory behaviour, in line with the Love Football, Protect the Game campaign

If you witness any anti-social or discriminatory behaviour on the day, text HELP to 66566 or contact your nearest steward.


Mobile ticketing

Please don’t forget to charge your phone before you leave for Wembley Stadium 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.

Tickets for this fixture are sold out. Anyone without a ticket should not travel to the game. All tickets are strictly non-transferable and are not available to distribute to other supporters.

Fans with tickets are advised to check they are seated in the appropriate area of the stadium. Any supporter who is identified in opposition areas will be ejected from the stadium for breaching the FA’s ground regulations and be subject to their own club sanctions process.


Emergency text test alert

At 3pm on Sunday 23 April the government will be sending an Emergency Test Text Alert to all mobile phones in the UK.

Your mobile phone will make a loud siren-like sound, even if it’s set on silent. It will also vibrate or read out the alert. The sound and vibration will last for about 10 seconds.

This is a test of the Emergency Alerts system across the UK, and not in any way linked to your attendance at the fixture. You do not need to take any action.


Match preview

Asked in his press conference on Friday afternoon, Roberto De Zerbi revealed that no one been completely ruled out for Sunday's game.

Read full team news here.


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