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Dick's Bar

Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club - American Express Community Stadium, Village Way, Brighton, BN1 9BL

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Getting Help and Assistance

  • There is a member of staff available for help and assistance.
  • Club staff do not receive disability awareness/equality training.
  • Stewards do not receive disability awareness/equality training.
  • Hospitality staff do not receive disability awareness/equality training.
  • Food and drink concession staff do not receive disability awareness/equality training.
  • Car parking attendants do not receive disability awareness/equality training.
  • Stewards receive deaf awareness training.
  • There is not an assistance dog toilet or toileting area at the stadium/near by.
  • Water bowls for assistance dogs are available.
  • Fixture lists are available in Braille and large print.
    There are large print food menus available.
  • There are some members of staff trained in Makaton.
  • The club have launched a hidden disability wristband for supporters with disabilities not visually apparent. These can be applied for via supporter services.
  • There are mobility aids available, however there are only a limited supply of wheelchairs.

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • The stadium is located in close proximity to the A27, which can be accessed from the west and east. From the north, the A27 is located via the A23, A24 and A26.
      Alternatively the club offers three park and ride sites around the city: Mill Road, University of Brighton and Brighton Racecourse. All sites are served by wheelchair accessible buses.
      If you have any specific mobility needs tell the stewards when you arrive and they will direct you as necessary.
    • There are numerous car parks situated around the stadium for both home and away supporters; Car Park A is located off Village Way, Car Park B is located off Woodland Way, Car Park C is located Sport Centre Road and Car Park E is located off Village Way.
      All car parking spaces are subject to availability and must be booked in advance.
      Alternatively the club offer three park and ride sites around the city: Mill Road, University of Brighton and Brighton Racecourse. All of the sites are served by at least one wheelchair-accessible bus. If you have any specific mobility needs tell the stewards when you arrive and they will direct you as necessary.
  • By Bus View
    • There is a bus stop within 150 metres of the stadium.
    • A wide range of bus routes serve the Amex. On a matchday, the cost of your bus travel to the stadium is included in your league match ticket at the Amex on the following services: All Brighton and Hove buses (including services Lewes to Ringmer, Uckfield and Royal Tunbridge Wells) and Stagecoach Coastline 25 and N700 services from Worthing.
      Seagull Travel is the club’s official travel partner, operating a home and away travel service. The service includes 130 matchday express pick-up locations covering Sussex, Kent and Surrey, together with an extensive 50 pick-up locations for the local matchday bus service.
    • For more information on Seagull Travel please click here (opens new tab).
  • By Train View

Car Parking and Drop Off

Outer Concourse

  • There is step-free access throughout the outer concourse.
    There are some slight slopes in places along the concourse.
    The surface of the outer concourse is tarmac.
  • There are a number of food and drink stands located around the outer concourse.
    There is a band stand located on the north-east corner of the outer concourse, this area acts as the Fanzone on matchdays.
    There are programmes stands located at regular intervals around the concourse.
    There are merchandise stalls located outside the North and South Stands.
  • There are 15+ steps at the corner of the West and North Stands. These steps are overcome by using a long ramp with a very slight gradient.
  • Clear directional signage is provided on the concourse.
  • There is a stadium plan/map on the concourse.
  • There is a steward/member of staff available for assistance on match days.

Outside Access (Dick's Bar Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the North Stand, to the left of the North Reception entrance.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does/do contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) both ways.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 165cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance accesses Level -1.

Other Floors (Dick's Bar)

  • Stairs View
    • Stairs can be used to access other floors.
    • The stairs are for public use.
    • The stairs are located ahead as you enter the Dick's Bar entrance.
    • The stairs are approximately 2m from the Dick's Bar entrance.
    • The stairs are clearly visible from the entrance.
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are -1, 0, 1 and 2.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between the recommended 15cm and 18cm.
    • The going of the step(s) is/are not between the recommended 30cm and 45cm.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • Handrails are at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).
    • Handrails do cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
    • Handrails are easy to grip.
    • Handrails do not extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
    • There is a landing.
    • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are not provided on landings.
    • The lighting levels at the steps are good.
  • Comments View
    • Level -1 - Entrance.
    • Level 0 - Albion Museum, Dick's Bar and Toilets.
    • Level 1 - Staff Only.
    • Level 2 - Staff Only.

Outside Access (North Reception)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the North Stand.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • There is a dark mat or floor marking at this entrance that might be perceived as a hole.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The intercom is in a suitable position to allow wheelchair users to gain access.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 165cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
  • Comments View
    • This entrance accesses Level -1.

Reception (North Reception)

  • Reception View
    • The reception point is located on Level -1, to the right as you enter the North Reception entrance.
    • The reception point is approximately 3m (3yd 10in) from the North Reception entrance.
    • The reception area/desk is clearly visible from the entrance.
    • There is step-free access to the reception point.
    • There is a clear unobstructed route to the reception point.
    • There are windows, TVs, glazed screens or mirrors behind the reception point which could adversely affect the ability of someone to lip read.
    • The reception counter is not placed in front of a background which is patterned.
    • The lighting levels at the reception point are good.
    • The height of the reception counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
    • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the counter.
    • There is a lowered section of the counter.
    • The lowered section of the counter is not at the recommended height of 76cm.
    • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the lowered section of the counter.
    • There is not a clear knee recess beneath the lowered section of the counter.
    • The counter is staffed.
    • There is a hearing assistance system at the reception point.
    • The type of system is a portable loop.
    • The hearing assistance system is signed.
    • Staff are trained to use the system.
    • Signs and universally accepted symbols or pictograms, indicating lifts, stairs, WCs, circulation routes and other parts of the building are provided in the reception area.
    • The type of flooring in the reception area is carpet.
  • Reception Waiting Area View
    • There is a waiting area close to the reception point.
    • Access to the waiting area is unobstructed.
    • There are seats with armrests on both sides.
    • There is sufficient space for a wheelchair user to use the waiting area.

Lift (North Reception)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located ahead as you enter the North Reception entrance.
  • The lift is clearly visible from the entrance.
  • The lift is approximately 4m (4yd 1ft) from the North Reception entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • A member of staff does not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are -1, 0, 1 and 2.
  • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are provided on lift lobby landings.
  • There is a clear level manoeuvring space of 150cm × 150cm in front of the lift.
  • Lift doors do contrast visually with lift lobby walls.
  • The external controls for the lift are within 90cm - 110cm from the floor.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift controls and the control plate is poor.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift control plate and the wall is poor.
  • The clear door width is 89cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 105cm x 150cm (3ft 5in x 4ft 11in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is a list of floor services available within the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • There is not a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting levels in the lift are good.
  • Comments View
    • Level -1 - Entrance and Reception.
    • Level 0 - Albion Museum, Dick's Bar and Toilets.
    • Level 1 - Staff Only.
    • Level 2 - Staff Only.
    • Floors 1 and 2 require swipe card access as these are staff areas.

Getting Around

  • Access View
    • There is step-free access throughout the building.
  • Circulation View
    • There are doors in corridors/walkways which have to be opened manually.
    • The type of flooring in corridors/walkways is carpet.
    • There is good colour contrast between the walls and floor in all areas.
    • The lighting levels are good.
    • Access to other floors/levels is via stairs and lift.
  • Signage View
    • Wayfinding signage is provided.
    • The colour, design and typeface of signs is not consistent throughout the building.
  • Audio View
    • This venue does not play background music in public areas.
    • There is a hearing assistance system in the public areas of the building.
    • The system is a portable loop.
    • The portable hearing loop is located at the North Reception.

Eating and Drinking (Dick's Bar - Level 0)

  • The following information is for the bar.
  • The bar is located on Level 0, to the left as you exit the lift.
  • There is step-free access, via lift, to the bar.
  • There is a/are double, heavy manual door(s) to access this area.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food and/or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food and/or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • The height of the service counter is high (110cm+).
  • There is a lowered section of the counter.
  • The lowered section of the counter is not at the recommended height of 76cm.
  • There is a clear knee recess beneath the lowered section of the counter.
  • The clear knee recess has the recommended dimensions of 70cm (height) x 50cm (depth).
  • There is step-free access within the bar.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • This area does play background music.
  • The type of flooring in this area is carpet and vinyl.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs have armrests on both sides.
  • The nearest table is approximately 2m from the entrance/opening.
  • The nearest table is approximately 3m from the till/counter.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 43cm.
  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 70cm.
  • The standard height for tables is 70cm.
  • Plastic/takeaway cups are available.
  • Plastic/takeaway cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • Children are not welcomed in the bar area.
  • There are wall menus available.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is hot and cold meals and snacks.
  • The lighting levels are good.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Level 0)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) for public use.
  • Location and Access View
    • The accessible toilet surveyed is for the sole use of disabled people.
    • This accessible toilet is located on Level 0, to the right as you exit the lift.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 10m (10yd 2ft) from the lift.
    • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is heavy.
    • The door is locked by a lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 90cm (2ft 11in).
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 143cm x 237cm (4ft 8in x 7ft 9in).
    • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The toilet has a non-slip floor.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 79cm (2ft 7in).
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • There is a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are female sanitary and open waste paper bin disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The height of the coat hook is 118cm from the floor.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • There is not a shelf next to the toilet.
    • The toilet has a backrest.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • There are vertical wall-mounted grab rails on both sides of the wash basin.
    • The wash basin tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 98cm.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is fair.
    • The lighting levels are good.

Standard Toilet(s) (Level 0)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s) View
    • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located on Level 0, to the right as you exit the lift.
    • The female and male toilets are approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the lift.
    • There is step-free access to the female and male toilet(s).
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet with wall-mounted grab rails is available.
    • There are horizontal grab rails on both sides of the seat and a vertical rail on the left.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is push.
    • There is a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilets.
    • Lighting levels are good.