Withdean Stadium
Withdean Stadium is an athletics stadium in the Brighton suburb of Withdean which is currently the home ground of football team Brighton & Hove Albion F.C.. The capacity of the ground is 8,850 people all seated. The stadium is a temporary home for Brighton before a new stadium is built in nearby Falmer. The club's former stadium, the Goldstone Ground, was sold for redevelopment in 1997 by the board of the time (none of whom any longer has any involvement with the club). This resulted in the team playing their home matches for two seasons at Gillingham's Priestfield Stadium, over 70 miles (110 km) from Brighton, before moving to Withdean Stadium. The only other local option for Albion had been to play at Sussex CCC's County Cricket Ground, Hove. Withdean Stadium has been voted the fourth worst stadium in the UK by The Observer. The temporary nature of the stadium is obvious - the stadium is primarily used for athletics; there is a single permanent stand along the north side, while the other stands are assembled from scaffolding (some of which also serves as temporary seating at the British Open). The largest is the South Stand, running the entire length of the pitch. The east end of the pitch contains two medium sized and one tiny stand. One of the larger stands here is designated as the family stand. The West Stand is the designated away stand. Changing and hospitality facilities are provided with portable cabins placed haphazardly around the site, and there is very limited onsite car parking. There was considerable opposition in the community to allowing the club to use the stadium. After some unique concessions were made, the club was allowed to move into Withdean in 1999. Amplified music was banned during football matches (except for the traditional " Sussex by the Sea"), and matchday parking restrictions were imposed within a one-mile radius of the ground. After a year, the music restrictions were eased, but the parking limitations continue in force. The price of each match ticket includes a public transportation voucher allowing free bus or rail travel throughout the Brighton and Hove area. For Albion's match against Sheffield United on 2 October 2004 the stadium was temporarily renamed Palookaville as it hosted the launch party for Fatboy Slim's album of the same name. The album was released on Skint Records, then the club's shirt sponsor, and for that match the team wore shirts bearing the name Palookaville instead of Skint. The name Palookaville was also considered appropriate by fans because it reflected the inadequacy of the club's temporary home. Additional seating was added at the East and West Ends of the ground in November 2005. The Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, gave permission on 28 October 2005 for Albion to build Falmer Stadium. However, an appeal was launched by Lewes Council and local residents in Falmer, causing delay. Permission was once again granted on Tuesday 24 July 2007 by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Hazel Blears. Preliminary development began in November 2008. With changes in legislation since the initial proposal, the expected opening date for the new stadium has been put back to the start of the 2011/12 season.

Stadium management
The stadium is managed and maintained under contract from Brighton and Hove city council by D C Leisure Management. The staff responsible for the preparation and maintenance of the stadium on match days used to be employed and managed by D C Leisure (when the company was called Ecovert Management Limited) until the 2003/2004 football season when responsibility of match day stadium staff was handed over to Brighton and Hove Albion F.C.. The staff responsible for the leisure facilities of the stadium complex including the gym, squash and tennis courts, spa and the stadium on non-match days are still employed and managed by D C Leisure.


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