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Falmer
Falmer
Stadium, known for sponsorship purposes as the American Express Community Stadium, or colloquially as the Amex, is a football stadium in the village of Falmer, near Brighton
Brighton
and Hove, Sussex, that serves as the home of Brighton
Brighton
& Hove Albion F.C.. The stadium was handed over from the developers to the club on 31 May 2011. The first competitive game played at the stadium was the 2010–11 season final of the Sussex Senior Cup between Brighton
Brighton
and Eastbourne Borough on 16 July 2011.[3] The first ever league game was against Doncaster Rovers, who were also the opponents in the last ever game played at Brighton's former stadium, the Goldstone Ground, 14 years earlier. Falmer
Falmer
Stadium hosted Premier League
Premier League
football for the first time in August 2017, following Albion's promotion at the end of the 2016–17 season. The stadium was designed to allow hosting for other sports and events. It hosted some matches from the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Plans 1.2 Planning permission 1.3 Construction 1.4 Opening

2 Rugby Union 3 Average attendances 4 Layout 5 Transport 6 Awards 7 See also 8 References 9 External links

History[edit] Plans[edit] The plans were initiated by Brighton
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 ground-shared for two seasons at Gillingham's Priestfield Stadium, 50 miles away in Kent.[4] Two years later, the club returned to Brighton
Brighton
as tenants of Withdean Stadium, which was upgraded to Football League capacity requirements and later expanded when Brighton
Brighton
reached Division One (now the Football League Championship) in 2002 following two successive promotions. The site at Falmer
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
Brighton
and Hove 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
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
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]

Falmer
Falmer
under construction in July 2010

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
American Express
Europe, Brighton
Brighton
and Hove's biggest private-sector employer, confirming the stadium's naming rights was announced on 22 June 2010.[9] The stadium uses hawks to scare away seagulls and pigeons. This stops pigeons nesting in the stadium.[10] Opening[edit]

The first ever League game played at Falmer
Falmer
stadium

The stadium officially opened on 30 July 2011, hosting a friendly match against then- Brighton
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
Brighton
beat Doncaster Rovers 2–1, after being 1–0 down.[11] 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
Brighton
2–1 in a League Cup tie in September 2011.[12] The stadium witnessed its first league defeat in its history when rivals Crystal Palace came from behind to win 3-1.[13] On 2 January 2012, Brighton
Brighton
& Hove Albion submitted an application to Brighton and Hove
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
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.

An aerial photograph of the stadium, 2011.

A new record attendance was set on 15 December 2012 when 26,684 saw Brighton
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
FA Cup
[16][17] Less than two months later and the record was broken again; this time 28,499 people watched Brighton
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
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 visited in the last home game of the 2015–16 season. A few weeks later this record was broken again when Brighton and Hove
Brighton and Hove
Albion played Sheffield Wednesday in the second leg of the Play-Offs. This game ended 1-1 which meant that Sheffield Wednesday went on to go to Wembley to play Hull City for a place in the Premier League. The record was broken once again on 24 September 2017 when 30,468 attended Brighton's 1-0 win over Newcastle United.[19] On 25 March 2013, it hosted England's under-21's international friendly against Austria's under-21s. Rugby Union[edit] The stadium hosted two Pool B matches in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.[20] The first match was between South Africa and Japan on September 19, 2015 where with 29,290 in attendance,[21] Japan caused one of the biggest upsets in Rugby World Cup history by beating twice winners South Africa 34–32. The other match was between Samoa and United States with Samoa winning 25–16 with 29,178 in attendance.[22] Before them, as a trial run pre-world cup, the stadium hosted the England U20s vs France U20s match in the final round of the 2015 Six Nations Under 20s Championship. The stadium was also nominated by Premiership Rugby as the potential home semi final location for Wasps in the 2014-15 European Champions Cup. Defeat in the quarter final vs Toulon however meant this didn't happen. Average attendances[edit]

Season Season Average Highest Gate Lowest Gate

2011–12 20,028 20,968 18,412

2012–13 25,705 30,003 21,740

2013–14 27,283[23] 29,093[24] 25,725

2014–15 25,645 28,890 23,044

2015–16 25,583 30,292 21,397

2016–17 27,972 30,338 24,116

Layout[edit] The West Stand is a three-tiered stand, which holds 11,833 fans, including 14 luxury boxes and the premium fans' 1901 Club. The East Stand (including the Family Stand) holds 13,654 fans, with 10% reserved for away fans during cup games. The North Stand has 2,688 seats. The South Stand, is for visiting away supporters which contains 2,575 seats. As well as football matches, the stadium is also designed for other sports such as rugby and hockey, and music concerts, conferences and exhibitions.[25] The stadium's drinking outlets offer real ales from two local breweries, Harveys and Dark Star, both organisations having supported the club's appeal for a new stadium at Falmer, along with special guest beers from breweries local to the away teams.[26] The stadium also incorporates a banqueting and conference facility, a nursery school/crèche, 720 square metres of teaching space for the University of Brighton, 1,200 square metres of office space, the club shop for tickets and merchandise and above it the 200 capacity bar/lounge named Dick's Bar after the club's life president, Dick Knight.

A panorama of The Falmer
Falmer
Stadium before expansion looking north from the South Stand

Transport[edit] The stadium is close to the A27 Brighton
Brighton
by-pass,[27] linking it northbound to the A23 and M23 motorway
M23 motorway
towards London
London
and southbound to the A270 and the city centre. There is pre-paid parking available for 2000 cars on the University of Sussex
University of Sussex
and the Falmer
Falmer
Academy sites. The club runs several park and ride services to the stadium. One of these is at Mill Road situated at the A23/A27 intersection, which holds 500 cars. Another is at Brighton
Brighton
Racecourse, holding approximately 700 cars. The third site is at the University of Brighton's Mithras House on the Lewes Road, holding about 300 cars. Match tickets include free travel to the stadium by train (from stations as far as Worthing, Haywards Heath, Seaford and Eastbourne), bus, and park and ride. The stadium is served by Falmer
Falmer
railway station which is a nine-minute journey from Brighton
Brighton
railway station and seven minutes from Lewes railway station, both of which are served by trains from London. The site also includes: a new link road from the A270 skirting the southern edge of Stanmer Park to the Sussex campus; a new high capacity footbridge over the railway at Falmer
Falmer
station; a transport interchange/coach park to the south of the stadium across Village Way; a 1,000-space car park at Falmer
Falmer
High School; alterations to the A27/A270 road junction, including a new flyover; a combined footpath/cycleway; a 150-space car park for club officials, players and disabled drivers; 220 cycle spaces.[27] Awards[edit] In May 2012 the stadium won the New Venue Award at the Stadium Business Awards.[28] See also[edit]

Ground developments to football stadiums in the English football league system Tom Hark (We Want Falmer!)

References[edit]

^ Plans List Item B Brighton
Brighton
& Hove City Council ^ https://www.brightonandhovealbion.com/news/2017/december/five-things-liverpool/ ^ "Sussex FA". Archived from the original on 29 September 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2011.  ^ Cleeves, Kieran (26 April 2017). "THE GOLDSTONE: 20 YEARS ON". Brighton
Brighton
& Hove Albion official website. Retrieved 11 October 2017.  ^ " Falmer
Falmer
Timeline". Archived from the original on 9 February 2010. Retrieved 3 September 2010.  ^ "Club Signs Stadium Contract". Archived from the original on 4 September 2010. Retrieved 25 January 2011.  ^ "The scheme" (PDF). Retrieved 25 January 2011.  ^ "BUCKINGHAM TO KICK OFF FOR BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION". Archived from the original on 11 September 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2011.  ^ "Brighton's American Express
American Express
Community Stadium unveiled". The Argus. Retrieved 25 January 2011.  ^ "Hawks to scare pigeons from Brighton's Amex stadium". BBC News. 12 August 2011. Retrieved 18 January 2014.  ^ "Spurs friendly opens Brighton's Falmer
Falmer
stadium". BBC News. 30 July 2011.  ^ " Brighton
Brighton
1 Liverpool 2: Final Whistle Report". Liverpool Echo. 21 September 2011. Retrieved 29 September 2011.  ^ " Brighton
Brighton
1-3 Crystal Palace". BBC Sport. 27 September 2011. Retrieved 18 January 2014.  ^ "Albion's £36 million plans to push for Premiership". The Argus. 2 January 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2012.  ^ [1] BBC Sport ^ " Brighton
Brighton
2-3 Arsenal" BBC Sport. 26 January 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2013. ^ "FA Cup: Brighton
Brighton
v Arsenal proved Cup can still have magic" BBC Sport. 27 January 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2013. ^ " Brighton
Brighton
3-0 Crystal Palace". BBC Sport. 17 March 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2014.  ^ Emons, Michael (24 September 2017). " Brighton
Brighton
& Hove Albion 1 - 0 Newcastle United
Newcastle United
- Brighton
Brighton
Hang on". bbc.co.uk. bbc. Retrieved 25 September 2017. Watched by an Amex Stadium record crowd of 30,468  ^ "Olympic Stadium confirmed on 2015 Rugby World Cup
2015 Rugby World Cup
shortlist". BBC Sport. 8 October 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2012.  ^ "Pool B, Brighton
Brighton
Community Stadium, Brighton". Rugby World Cup. 19 September 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2015.  ^ "Pool B, Brighton
Brighton
Community Stadium, Brighton". Rugby World Cup. 20 September 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2015.  ^ Sky Bet Football League Championship Attendance Table Archived 19 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Football 365 ^ Brighton
Brighton
0-2 Ipswich BBC Sport, 22 March 2014 ^ "The stadium". Archived from the original on 14 July 2010. Retrieved 25 January 2011.  ^ "It's the real deal for ale fans". Archived from the original on 21 August 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2011.  ^ a b "The site". University of Sussex. Archived from the original on 12 December 2010. Retrieved 25 January 2011.  ^ Brighton
Brighton
Amex stadium wins best new venue award BBC News

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