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West Stand Reception and Hospitality

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 (West Reception)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located on the outer wall of the West 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.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (away from you).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 220cm.
    • There is a small lip on the threshold of the entrance, with a height of 2cm or below.
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 170cm.

Reception

  • Reception View
    • The reception point is located at the rear of the foyer.
    • The reception point is approximately 5m (5yd 1ft) from the 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 high (110cm+).
    • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the counter.
    • There is a lowered section of the counter.
    • There is sufficient space to write or sign documents on the lowered section of the counter.
    • There is a clear knee recess beneath the low/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 hearing system.
    • Signs and universally accepted symbols or pictograms, indicating lifts, stairs, WCs, circulation routes and other parts of the building are not provided in the reception area.
    • The type of flooring in the reception area is tiles.
  • Reception Waiting Area View
    • There is a waiting area close to the reception point.
    • Access to the waiting area is unobstructed.
    • The seats do not have armrests.
    • There is sufficient space for a wheelchair user to use the waiting area.
  • Comments View
    • There are a set of security gates located on either side of the foyer leading to the lifts and stairs.
    • There is a wider gate available with a width of 89cm.

Getting Around (Ground Floor)

  • Access View
    • There is step-free access throughout the ground floor.
  • Circulation View
    • There are doors in corridors/walkways which have to be opened manually.
    • The type of flooring in corridors/walkways is vinyl.
    • There is flooring in corridors/walkways which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • There are seats without armrests at regular intervals.
    • 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 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 hearing loop is available from reception.

Other Floors (Left)

  • Stairs View
    • Stairs can be used to access other floors.
    • The stairs are for public use.
    • The stairs are located to the left hand side of the foyer.
    • The stairs are approximately 12m from the entrance.
    • Signs indicating the location of the stairs are not available from the entrance.
    • There are manual, heavy, double doors to enter and exit the stairwell on all floors.
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1, 2 and 3.
    • 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 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 extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
    • There is a landing.
    • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are provided on landings.
    • The lighting levels at the steps are good.
  • Comments View
    • These stairs are used to access the Chandlers BMW MINI Lounge, Sussex Skills Solutions Lounge and Mansel McTaggart Lounge.
    • These stairs can also be used to access the Mayo Wynne Baxter Lounge and the italk Lounge.

Lift (Left)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the left hand side of the foyer.
  • Signs indicating the location of the lift are not available from the entrance.
  • The lift is approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the 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 G, 1, 2 and 3.
  • There are manual, heavy, double doors to access the lift lobby on all floors.
  • 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 87cm (2ft 10in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 165cm x 235cm (5ft 5in x 7ft 9in).
  • There are no separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is a mirror to aid reversing out of 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
    • This lift is used to access the Chandlers BMW MINI Lounge, Sussex Skills Solutions Lounge and Mansel McTaggart Lounge.
    • This lift can also be used to access the Mayo Wynne Baxter Lounge and the italk Lounge.

Other Floors (Right)

  • Stairs View
    • Stairs can be used to access other floors.
    • The stairs are for public use.
    • The stairs are located to the right hand side of the foyer.
    • The stairs are approximately 12m from the entrance.
    • Signs indicating the location of the stairs are not available from the entrance.
    • There are manual, heavy, double doors to enter and exit the stairwell on all floors.
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G, 1, 2 and 3.
    • 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 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 extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
    • There is a landing.
    • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are provided on landings.
    • The lighting levels at the steps are good.
  • Comments View
    • These stairs are used to access HB's Restaurant, Harveys Brewery Lounge and the Hendy Lounge.
    • These stairs can also be used to access the Mayo Wynne Baxter Lounge and the italk Lounge.

Lift (Right)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the right hand side of the foyer.
  • Signs indicating the location of the lift are not available from the entrance.
  • The lift is approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the 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 G, 1, 2 and 3.
  • There are manual, heavy, double doors to access the lift lobby on all floors.
  • 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 88cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 165cm x 235cm (5ft 5in x 7ft 9in).
  • There are no separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is a mirror to aid reversing out of 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
    • This lift is used to access HB's Restaurant, Harveys Brewery Lounge and the Hendy Lounge.
    • This lift can also be used to access the Mayo Wynne Baxter Lounge and the italk Lounge.

Accessible Toilet(s)

  • The nearest accessible toilet(s) is/are located on Level 1.

Standard Toilet(s)

  • The nearest standard toilet(s) is/are located on Level 1.