Brighton & Hove Albion - Withdean Stadium

Withdean Stadium, Tongdean Lane, Withdean, Brighton, East Sussex, England, BN1 5JD

Enquiries:

01273-695400

Official Website:

www.seagulls.co.uk

Nick Name:

The Seagulls

Our Impressions of Withdean Stadium

Withdean, an athletics stadium, has been the Club’s temporary home since 1999 following the closure of the Goldstone ground in 1997 and two years in exile at Gillingham’s ground. It is not an ideal venue for football. The pitch is distanced from spectators by the athletics track and most of the stands are built from scaffolding with many facilities housed in portakabins. Away fans are located in the uncovered West Stand (capacity – 900, seated in ten low-down rows) at one end of the stadium. Its exposed position means fans should dress appropriately taking into account the matchday’s weather forecast. Away fans should also consider taking binoculars given the Stand’s distance from the pitch.

Strict conditions have been set by the local Council for the Club’s temporary use of the ground. Away fans can support these conditions by choosing the most sustainable but practical travel method and by minimizing noise outside the stadium. Other conditions mean that tickets cannot be bought at the ground so don’t go to a match unless you have one.

Although one of the worst football grounds in the country (fourth worst in an Observer survey in 2004), the stewards and local Police are among the friendliest at any League ground and the Gully’s Girls Cheerleading Team is wonderful.

A new stadium is being built in nearby Falmer and will be a substantial improvement when it opens (current target August 2011).

Data supplied by Ian Townsend - 13th December 2008

Directions to Withdean Stadium

By Road

Fans’ car parking is prohibited in the streets around the ground. So use one of the two ‘park and ride’ car parks - Mill Road or Mithras House (in Lewes Road). For Away fans, the Mill Road car park is the easiest to get to. Travelling from the north on the A23 or from the east or west on the A27, leave at the Patcham exit and drive up Mill Road. Note that you cannot access Mill Road from the Hove exit on the A27.

By Train

The nearest station to the ground is Preston Park, about a 15 minute walk. On exiting the station, walk down the hill and turn left along the A23. Fans should note that the free (tear-off) travel voucher you get with your match ticket not only includes train travel from Brighton to Preston Park but also from Haywards Heath to Preston Park. Fans who are heading south on the London-Brighton mainline can save money by only buying a ticket to Haywards Heath and then using their matchday travel voucher from there. Data supplied by Ian Townsend - 13th December 2008

Local Area around Withdean Stadium

Local Area

A fairly smart residential area surrounds the ground with no local amenities.

Car Parking

There is no car parking at the ground for Away fans (and little for Home fans). Use the ‘Park and Ride’ car parks at Mill Road (accessed only from the A23/A27 turn off at Patcham) or Mithras House (in Lewes Road). Note that the Mill Road car park will be more convenient for most Away fans.
On arrival at the car parks, all vehicle occupants must hand in their outward travel vouchers (a tear off the match ticket) to the Park & Ride steward. Stewards will show you where to park with disabled drivers directed to spaces next to the Park & Ride bus pick-up points. On boarding the bus (which operates from 12.30pm on a Saturday and from 6.00pm for evening matches), you will need to show your match ticket. The bus will then take you to the drop-off point.

After the match, you should go to the pick-up points on the London Road. The buses will take you back to your Park & Ride car park. Note that the Park & Ride buses only run for 30 minutes after each match and that all cars must be removed from the Mill Road car park no later than two hours after the match has finished.

Data supplied by Ian Townsend - 13th December 2008

Disabled Facilities at Withdean Stadium

Away fans in wheelchairs are located on the running track in front of the West Stand with seats for carers behind. The disabled toilet is housed in a portakabin. As for non-disabled Away fans, disabled Away fans are exposed to the elements, are low-down and are some distance from the pitch.

Data supplied by Ian Townsend - 13th December 2008

Pubs Near Withdean Stadium

The Sportsman

This pub is located outside the ground at the back of the North Stand. It is quite a large pub with a good atmosphere, but does get very busy on matchdays.

The Preston Brewery Tap

This pub is located on the A23, one mile south of the stadium. The pub is very friendly, but also gets crowded on match days. Food is served on matchdays, and there is also a good variety of beers.

In The City Centre

Suzanne, a Brighton fan has e-mailed us, and says 'The pubs near to Withdean Stadium are limited. Do what the majority of Brighton fans do and eat and drink in the city centre - loads to choose from, and then get the train to the Preston Park stop (5 minutes). Hopefully Withdean Stadium wont be the venue for too long once we get planning permission this year!'

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