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Opened 2011

Capacity 30,750

Rating: 4.5

(4909) Google Reviews

Fantastic stadium 🏟️ they have the vending machines for pints now so no queues for beer! Queues for womens toilets not a huge issue as they actually have a decent amount of them. Was satisfying watching the men queue for once! Well done Brighton and Hove Albion for that alone you get 5⭐️
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a month ago
Attending the Brighton vs Wolves Premier League match at the American Express Football Stadium was an unforgettable experience. Situated within the vibrant city of Brighton and Hove, this stadium stands as a beacon for football enthusiasts and travelers alike. Access to the stadium is incredibly convenient, with the Falmer train station a mere 5-minute walk away. From Brighton station, frequent trains make the journey to Falmer in just 10 minutes, ensuring easy transportation for visitors from all corners of the city. Upon arrival, the hospitality of the staff truly shines. Their warm demeanor and willingness to assist, including helping with photos, add to the welcoming atmosphere of the stadium. Their dedication to ensuring a memorable experience reflects the spirit of Brighton itself. For anyone visiting Brighton, a trip to the American Express Football Stadium is a must. Whether you're a football fanatic or simply seeking an authentic local experience, this iconic venue offers a glimpse into the heart and soul of the city. From thrilling matches to the camaraderie of fellow fans, the stadium encapsulates the excitement and passion of football in Brighton. Embrace the energy, soak in the atmosphere, and create memories that will last a lifetime at the American Express Football Stadium.
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a month ago
A great venue for football. Fans stood up around us as soon as the ball got near the goal which was annoying. The fans sang throughout which made for a good atmosphere. A family day out. The only downside was the 30-40 minute wait to get onto the park and ride bus.
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2 weeks ago
First trip to the AMEX as an away fan. Nice stadium, but food facilities outside and around stadium is very limited. Out of the city, so recommend using the Park and Ride offerings
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2 months ago
A modern football stadium. First time that I saw chairs with pillows for the fans. People there were friendly. After the match we were together in trains and talking about the match. Great experience. A day to remember, 2-3 for AEK
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History (from Wikipedia)

History[edit]

Plans[edit]

The plans were initiated by Brighton & Hove Albion after the club's previous home, the Goldstone Ground, was sold by the club's former board (consisting of Greg Stanley, Bill Archer and David Bellotti) to developers in 1995 with no new home arranged.

When the club was evicted at the end of the 
1996–1997 season, it groundshared for two seasons at Gillingham's Priestfield Stadium, 50 miles away in Kent.[4]

Two years later, the club returned to 
Brighton as tenants of Withdean Stadium, which was upgraded to Football League capacity requirements and later expanded when Brighton reached Division One (now the EFL Championship) in 2002 following two successive promotions.

The site at 
Falmer was identified during the 1998–99 season and it was hoped that the stadium would be ready in the early to mid-2000s. However, subsequent delays in gaining planning permission meant that the club would have to wait until August 2011 before being able to play their home games there – more than a decade after the stadium was first proposed.

Planning permission[edit]

Planning permission was given by the unitary authority of Brighton and Hove City Council in June 2002, with the intention of the stadium being ready for the 2005–06 season.[5] The plans for the stadium were opposed by neighbouring Lewes District Council and local residents. While the stadium lies completely within Brighton and Hove, part of the north-east of the site is in Lewes. Bennet's Field, as it is known, is now used for parking.

Further complications were due to both vacant fields, and the campus of the adjacent 
University of Sussex, being included in the South Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, although outside the National Park. This led to the designation of the stadium plans being the subject of a separate planning inquiry by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

John Prescott, then Deputy Prime Minister, approved the plans on 28 October 2005. However, Lewes District Council immediately mounted a new legal challenge to the stadium plan. In April 2006, Prescott admitted that he had given his approval based on the misconception that only a small part of the stadium site lay on the Lewes side, and withdrew it.

Hazel Blears, the Secretary of State responsible for planning, re-affirmed the approval on 25 July 2007. Her decision went against the advice of planning inspectors. Lewes District Council, Falmer Parish Council and the South Downs Joint Committee (the three main opponents) announced shortly afterwards that they would not mount a high court challenge. On 4 September 2007, the deadline for appealing the new grant of permission expired and the club received full permission to proceed.

Construction[edit]

On 27 November 2008 the Buckingham Group signed the construction contract for the new stadium[6] and began preparation work on the site on 17 December. The stadium is set three storeys down into the ground. 138,000 cubic metres of chalk was excavated during its construction, which was put on the field on the south side of Village Way. This has been estimated to prevent 22,000 lorry trips taking the chalk to off-site landfill.[7]

Construction at the site started on 17 December 2008 and finished in May 2011. The stadium was designed with scope for expansion, and plans were put in place to increase the capacity.

The stadium was designed by London-based architects, KSS.
[8] The stadium capacity has been expanded, with an extra seating tier being installed above the East Stand (Family stand), which increases the capacity to about 30,000 seats. The deal with American Express Europe, Brighton and Hove's biggest private-sector employer, confirming the stadium's naming rights was announced on 22 June 2010.[9]

Opening[edit]

The stadium officially opened on 30 July 2011, hosting a friendly match against then-Brighton manager Gus Poyet's old club Tottenham Hotspur, the home-side narrowly losing 3–2. The first competitive match was held on 6 August 2011, when Brighton beat Doncaster Rovers 2–1, after being 1–0 down.[10]

The stadium set its first record attendance with 21,897 against 
Liverpool. They were also the first away team to win a competitive match at the stadium, beating Brighton 2–1 in a League Cup tie in September 2011.[11] The stadium witnessed its first league defeat in its history when rival side Crystal Palace came from behind to win 3-1.[12]

In use[edit]

The stadium uses hawks to scare away seagulls and pigeons. This stops pigeons nesting in the stadium.[13] On 2 January 2012, Brighton & Hove Albion submitted an application to Brighton and Hove City council to increase the stadium capacity by a further 8,000 seats as well as to add additional corporate boxes, new television facilities and a luxury suite.[14] This was granted unanimously by Brighton & Hove City Council's planning committee on 25 April 2012. The stadium was expanded to 27,250 by the start of the 2012–13 season, 27,750 by December 2012 and stood at 30,750 by the end of the 2012–13 season.

A new record attendance was set on 15 December 2012 when 26,684 saw Brighton draw 0–0 with 
Nottingham Forest.[15] This record attendance was broken on 26 January 2013, when 27,113 attended a 3-2 defeat against Arsenal in the fourth round of the FA Cup [16][17] Less than two months later and the record was broken again; this time 28,499 people watched Brighton beat Crystal Palace 3–0 on 17 March 2013.[18] This record was broken once again on 4 May 2013, on the last league game of the season against Wolverhampton Wanderers, 30,003 attended the game. This figure was beaten on 25 January 2015, when Arsenal visited in the FA Cup fourth round to once again win 3–2, in front of an attendance of 30,278. Another new attendance record of 30,292 came on 2 May 2016, when Derby County visited in the last home game of the 2015–16 season. A few weeks later this record was broken again when Brighton and Hove Albion played Sheffield Wednesday in the second leg of the play-offs. The record was broken once again on 24 September 2017 when 30,468 attended Brighton's 1–0 win over Newcastle United.[19] The current record of 30,682 was set at a Premier League match against Liverpool on 12 January 2019.[1]

On 25 March 2013, the stadium hosted 
England's under-21s international friendly against Austria's under-21s.

In December 2018 it was announced that the stadium would be one of the venues for UEFA's 
2021 Women's European Championship.[20] On 1 June 2019 the stadium hosted the England women's international friendly against New Zealand.

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