American Express Community Stadium

The stadium

The centrepiece of the scheme is a multi-purpose all-seater stadium, with a capacity of 22,374 seats.

The stadium also incorporates a banqueting and conference facility as well as office space.

As well as football matches, the stadium is also designed for other sports such as rugby and hockey, and music concerts, conferences and exhibitions.

Of particular relevance to the University of Sussex are the following elements:

  • the use of parking spaces on the Sussex campus on match days: up to 1,100 spectators' cars on Saturdays and up to 700 on weekday evenings
  • a new link road through the southern edge of Stanmer Park to the Sussex campus, which opened in December 2010
  • a new footbridge over the railway at Falmer station - giving full disability access to both sides of the track - which opened in July 2011
  • a transport interchange/coach park, for park-and-ride buses operating from Brighton Racecourse, Mill Road and Mithras House, as well as scheduled services and home and away fans' coaches
  • alterations to the A27/A270 road junction, including a new flyover for access to the car park at Brighton Aldridge Community Academy, which were completed in December 2010. 

Other components of the scheme are:

  • a combined footpath/cycleway along the northern boundary of the Brighton Aldridge Community Academy/University of Brighton campus to the stadium
  • a 150-space car park for club officials, players and disabled drivers immediately to the north of the stadium beyond the railway line
  • 220 cycle spaces.