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    Greetings from Montana, U.S.A. The first English game I ever watched was Brighton/ManU in the '83 F.A. Cup final when a new cable sports channel over here was looking everywhere for programming, and I've followed the club ever since. Can't claim to be a super die-hard supporter (die-with-a-modest-struggle supporter?) but I've always looked for the scores and followed the ups and downs, the longtime stadium struggles and the recent near misses and especially this long-awaited promotion. And, I played Quadrophenia nonstop for several of my teen-angsty years. (Though I wouldn't claim to be a Mod or whatever else you all are talking about in that thread. (Also, I don't iron my clothes.)

    My first trip to England coincides with the Monday night match against Stoke in November, and I just secured a ticket near the top of section W1H in the West stand. Planning to train down from London that afternoon and back after the match. Just thought I'd introduce myself and ask for any type of match-day advice you'd offer a newcomer to club and country. How long to allow myself for travel on either end? Any popular spots for a beer before the game? Anything I'd especially want to see in Brighton if I gave myself an extra hour or two? I think I got a good seat for watching the game, but how's the atmosphere up there? Anyplace else in the stadium I might wander to for a different experience?

    Basically just looking for your best game-day tips for someone with no idea where he's going but delighted to be on the way. Cheers!

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      Greetings from Montana, U.S.A. The first English game I ever watched was Brighton/ManU in the '83 F.A. Cup final when a new cable sports channel over here was looking everywhere for programming, and I've followed the club ever since. Can't claim to be a super die-hard supporter (die-with-a-modest-struggle supporter?) but I've always looked for the scores and followed the ups and downs, the longtime stadium struggles and the recent near misses and especially this long-awaited promotion. And, I played Quadrophenia nonstop for several of my teen-angsty years. (Though I wouldn't claim to be a Mod or whatever else you all are talking about in that thread. (Also, I don't iron my clothes.)

      My first trip to England coincides with the Monday night match against Stoke in November, and I just secured a ticket near the top of section W1H in the West stand. Planning to train down from London that afternoon and back after the match. Just thought I'd introduce myself and ask for any type of match-day advice you'd offer a newcomer to club and country. How long to allow myself for travel on either end? Any popular spots for a beer before the game? Anything I'd especially want to see in Brighton if I gave myself an extra hour or two? I think I got a good seat for watching the game, but how's the atmosphere up there? Anyplace else in the stadium I might wander to for a different experience?

      Basically just looking for your best game-day tips for someone with no idea where he's going but delighted to be on the way. Cheers!
      Welcome. If you are coming from Brighton make sure you allow plenty of time for the short train journey from Falmer. With most people leaving work around the same time the station can get congested. You can have a beer outside or inside the stadium, safe in the knowledge you won't miss kick off. Enjoy the game.
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      Great to hear your back story, I like many on here was at that game back in 83, I would personally recommend getting to the stadium early and heading to Richard's Bar, rather than hanging around in Brighton!!
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      Howdy. Trains are not particularly reliable at the moment - there's a long-running dispute on the franchise that links London and Brighton - allow plenty of time. Perhaps, as you suggest, come down early and take in some sites (maybe the pavilion - look it up - and the pier). I'd do my drinking in a pub close to Brighton station, rather than at the stadium. If you go to the Battle of Trafalgar, you'll find lots of Albion fans. (Oh, you do know we drink warm beer here, don't you? Ice is still on ration.) Leave the pub when the others do and follow them - you'll be ok.

      You won't be doing seat swapping during the game, but your seat is at the right end of the stadium for atmosphere, and the views are great from whichever seat you have. After the game, go into the North Stand concourse for more beer, atmosphere, and to allow time for the train queue to subside. 30-45 minutes should suffice.

      Enjoy the game!

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      Edit: just want to check/set expectations: the atmosphere at an English football game is more like the Raiders than the 49ers...
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      Not sure of the opening times but come early and try and visit the museum it might be worth seeing if the club are doing any stadium tours.
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      All I can say is you should definitely iron your clothes

      Seriously, all good advice on here. I'd add, if you are going back to London that night that you want to ensure you make your connection at Brighton station. If it's an option to stay over then there would be plenty to do the next day; pier, i360, Pavilion and loads of good shops, pubs and restaurants


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      HI, hope you enjoy the match. Like has been mentioned a pub near Brighton station would be good venue for early drinks. Aim to get the Amex for an hour or 40 minutes before kick off as that leaves plenty of time for delays. Or get to the Swan Inn pub near the stadium 2 hours before kick off ( http://www.swanfalmer.co.uk ) and walk over 40 minutes before kick off. It's a VERY English pub!
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      Well done for choosing us and not Man. U. Enjoy the game.
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      Welcome ! You will be sitting close to where I sit and I'd like to reassure you that the view is great, as is the atmosphere as the West Stand gets very involved in the singing while you're close to hear the atmosphere generated from the North Stand. Enjoy the match, the experience and your trip to Brighton
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      if you have time, try to book on a stadium tour before the game, they're amazing. The behind the scenes stuff is truly amazing.
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