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Your Full Matchday Guide: Brighton and Hove Albion

3 December 2018

Read this handy guide for all you need to know ahead of Crystal Palace’s game away to Brighton and Hove Albion before the match commences at 19.45, including who will referee and an interesting matchday stat.

Live coverage

Commentary will be available via Palace Audio. Fans can pay just £1.49 to hear full commentary on the game or buy a season pass. Find out more here

If you live abroad, find out where you can watch the game with our Worldwide TV Listings.

Alternatively, if you are following from around the world, why not see if there is an official Supporters’ Club meeting to watch the game in your city? Find the nearest one to you here. 

The ref

The referee for this game will be Kevin Friend, who has awarded five penalties from just 22 Palace games. He will have Matthew Wilkes and Simon Beck as assistants and Simon Hooper as the fourth official.

Your matchday stat

Only Mohamed Salah has scored the opening goal of more Premier League games this season than Brighton’s former Palace player Glenn Murray with six and four respectively.

The Palace Preview

Our comprehensive preview contains the full build-up to the game against Brighton, including team news and more. You can read it here.


By car

At the end of the M23, continue onto the A23, heading towards Brighton.

At the roundabout which is the junction with the A27, take the A27 towards Lewes. After approximately four miles you will see the stadium on your right hand side. Leave at the A27 and take the slip road sign posted Falmer (B2123).

At the top of the slip road, turn right to cross back over the A27 and the entrance to the stadium is on the right.

In terms of parking, the Bridge (Car Park B) and Sussex University (Car Park C) have now completely sold out, and there will be no cash sales on the day. Supporters are therefore advised to use public transport wherever possible.

All vehicles accredited to park at the University of Sussex must enter via Stanmer Park, as there will be no entry at Falmer or Knights Gate. Village Way will be extremely busy and congested, and supporters are advised to avoid this area both pre and post-match unless they have pre-booked parking.

By Train

The nearest railway station is Falmer, which is situated right by the stadium. Alternatively, you can avoid Brighton completely by getting a train to Lewes and changing there for Falmer. There are four trains an hour in either direction and Southern Rail have arranged a 22.30 service for Palace fans stopping at Three Bridges, East Croydon, Selhurst, Clapham junction & London Victoria.

Brighton Central Railway Station is over four miles away from the stadium. So we recommend either getting a train, taxi or bus to the stadium.

Included in the cost of your ticket is free bus travel on all Brighton and Hove buses (including services Lewes to Ringmer, Uckfield and Royal Tunbridge Wells). Simply show the driver your ticket for free travel on services that run from 16.15-00.00.

Tickets and programme

Tickets for this game are sold-out to Palace fans. The Brighton ticket office will open at 16.45 and remain open for half an hour after the match finishes. It is advised that fans bring a form of identification with them to the ground.

The Brighton programme costs £3.50 and can be bought from vendors around the outside of the stadium as well as online subject to availability.

Food and drink

There are a range of pies, burgers and snacks available at the AMEX Stadium.


Turnstiles open one and a half hours before kick-off, so for Tuesday’s game they will open at 18.15 and supporters are asked to arrive at the stadium long in advance of kick-off.

If planning to bring banners over 150cm x 150cm to the stadium, you will be required to obtain authorisation from the club in advance. All banners require a valid safety certificate.

To gain authorisation, email supporter services at

Please note that no musical instruments are allowed inside the stadium. This is in accordance with the ground regulations which can be seen at under Terms & Conditions.

If you’re there

As most fans will typically want to avoid the centre of Brighton when it gets busy, why not make a trip to Lewes, just five miles from the stadium?

It is quieter than surrounding areas but is still well stocked with places to visit pre-match as well as being picturesque and historic as a market town founded in the 6th century.

You can call the Brighton and Hove Albion contact line on 0344 324 6282 for any further questions or download their visitor’s guide now for more information.

If you need to know more, head over to our stadium guide where you’ll find a map, useful links and extra stadium information.

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