Brighton Community Stadium, also known as the Amex Stadium, was constructed at a cost of £93m. The ground has won plaudits for its semi-circular stand roofs and tubular supporting steelwork from both fans of sport and architecture. Built to replace the local football team's Goldstone Ground, it is spacious and comfortable, with luxurious padded seats.
The stadium officially opened on 30 July 2011, hosting a friendly match against Tottenham Hotspur. The first competitive match was held in August 2011, when Brighton beat Doncaster Rovers 2–1. As well as football and rugby matches, the stadium is also designed for other sports such as hockey. Music concerts are also popular, and in June 2012, Brighton DJ Fatboy Slim played two nights at the venue.
There aren't many pubs within a short distance of the stadium itself. Most supporters will make their way back into Brighton after a match, which is not short of bars, clubs and pubs! There are countless pubs close to Brighton's main station, and the famous Brighton seafront offers an even larger selection.
The Queens Head is popular with Brighton and Hove Albion match attendees. Located about 20 metres outside Brighton train station, the pub attracts a wide variety of punters and offers delicious local ales and beers on tap. However, if you are looking for food this is not the place to go as the pub offers no hot meals, just pork scratchings and crisps!
If you are looking for some real pub grub, you will be able to find several establishments further down the hill into town. Fans seem to enjoy the Sussex Yeoman, located just to the right of the train station on Guildford Road. Offering Sunday roasts local Brightonians are proud of, as well as locally-sourced fish and seasonal ingredients, the Yeoman is well known as a pub grub haven.
If you are staying for the weekend or just visiting for the day, you will find plenty of things to do in Brighton. Most tourists to the city will take advantage of the wide variety of shops in the famous Brighton Lanes or high street chains found in Churchill Square. The Brighton beach and pier are also extremely popular attractions in both summer and winter months, and the new addition to the area, the Brighton Wheel, offers fantastic views of the city and surrounding countryside on clear days.
The Prince Regent's famous Royal Pavillion is also open to the public on most days. There are also numerous theatres, cinemas and comedy clubs to keep you occupied. Not to mention Brighton's famous nightlife scene.
Did You Know
The stadium is built within the South Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Although it is outside the National Park, the stadium boasts beautiful views of the surrounding rolling hills and countryside.