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Bigger Amex

On 26 Apr 2012 at 2:07am Local wrote:
Just been granted permission for extra 8-9,000 seats. More parking aggro etc, I suppose...
On 26 Apr 2012 at 7:42am Lewes Seagull wrote:
Get over it Norman you lost!
On 26 Apr 2012 at 8:58am Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
And another 680 parking spaces, I think. A mere fraction of what's needed for the extra seats.
What joy. Another 680 cars clogging up the A27 and thousands more trying to park along the Woodingdean road every time there's a match.
On 26 Apr 2012 at 9:03am Lewes Seagull Too wrote:
WHAT AGGRO Local??????? As a season ticket holder at the Amex I have yet to see any "aggro".
The revenue this must bring in to Lewes on match days is huge. you only have to visit any local establishment and see for yourself. The town buzzes on match days!
I expect your another one complaining about the demise of the "high street" but moan about people coming into the town!
On 26 Apr 2012 at 9:04am Craig Mackeral Smith wrote:
Moan moan moan moan moan bl**dy moan. What is the matter with you? It's the best thing to happen around here in years.
On 26 Apr 2012 at 9:41am carparkchaos wrote:
I have no problem with the fans and its good to see a buzz around town on matchdays and i'm sure the revenue is good for businesses - only problem I have is the chaos trying to get out of the station car park when a London train arrives.
If one of the many policemen could just direct traffic in and out, rather than standing around and watching the chaos all would be well !
On 26 Apr 2012 at 12:05pm Local wrote:
Unlike you, Lewes Seagull Too, I use the English language reasonably well. So my message refers to 'parking aggro', not to 'aggro' alone.
By that, I mean the overcrowding of already limited parking facilities on BHA matchdays, often meaning that Rooks fans cannot find a space and so end up parking (with others too) on Ham Lane, causing problems for large ClancyDocwra vehicles, etc.
On 26 Apr 2012 at 12:30pm Commuter wrote:
Local, if you are indeed that local, why don't you walk to the Dripping Pan?? Surely a lot of Rooks fans are also local and can walk there. My other half is a Albion fan and has walked to the Amex from Lewes before! So no need to clog up Ham Lane at all.
On 26 Apr 2012 at 1:34pm lewisian wrote:
On 26 Apr 2012 at 2:05pm Old Cynic wrote:
Oh its wonderful when bunches of fat, balding, p1ssed up football fans stagger through Lewes looking for the station to get them to brighton where they expect the ground to be... its lovely
On 26 Apr 2012 at 2:14pm Cliffite wrote:
Try being a commuter from Brighton back to Lewes on home match days... at least it's an excuse to leave work early to avoid the football morons
On 26 Apr 2012 at 2:40pm Craig Mackeral Smith wrote:
So Cliffite. Exactly how many times were you inconvenienced on the way from Brighton to Lewes this season? I'm interested to know.
On 26 Apr 2012 at 3:00pm Cliffite wrote:
Being inconvenienced by football even once is one time too many (but every home game, however many that is) (but then using Southern is a general inconvenience anyway (OT))
On 26 Apr 2012 at 3:04pm Craig Mackeral Smith wrote:
Well I'm sorry the 20 odd thousand men, women and children having a great time got in your way the dozen or so home games that were on a Saturday afternoon. I should ask for a public apology if I were you.
On 26 Apr 2012 at 3:17pm Albert Bridge wrote:
I don't mind the Amex but I do mind that those who would destroy the countryside with a new railway line to London are using the stadium as a means to help justify their ends.
On 26 Apr 2012 at 3:17pm Cliffite wrote:
And Tuesdays...
And those 20 odd thousand people are morons watching morons so I don't particularly care if they had a good time or not.
On 26 Apr 2012 at 3:22pm Craig Mackeral Smith wrote:
You work till 10 pm Tuesdays and 5pm Saturdays? You should have tried harder at school. Not sure who the moron is here.
On 26 Apr 2012 at 3:29pm Cliffite wrote:
or perhaps I reference those travelling to the match around 6:30-7:30pm - Saturdays I don't actually notice as I'm busy weaving yoghurts in town. But let's call a troll a troll and each leave it at that, you are obviously as passionate about football as I am against it.
On 26 Apr 2012 at 3:40pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
For many years, I lived within a mile or two of Selhurst Park. The total bloody chaos on match days (which was very Saturday for several years, as they kept sharing their ground with other clubs) was utterly intolerable.
To find I can no longer escape match-related congestion on local roads and public transport and obnoxious soccer fans if I venture out for an early drink in Lewes on 50% of Saturdays has totally hacked me off, frankly.
On 26 Apr 2012 at 3:42pm Craig Mackeral Smith wrote:
As a last word, I'm not too bothered either way about football. But I do know a huge amount of people, (very few being morons) enjoy the Amex and the game. I just object to the odd said moron bleating on about how bad it all is when in fact it's a massive boost to the whole community. These odd said morons that dislike people should move to the lovely country villages that rarely see a smile, other than when the home owner is admiring their lot.
On 26 Apr 2012 at 3:48pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
I fail to see what's moronic about disliking football-related disruption, CMS. It's very tedious to have to check the fixture list before deciding whether to go and visit friends or shop in Brighton at the weekend.
My friend from Ovingdean was particularly unimpressed when the journey to Lewes took her 50 minutes one evening, especially as she was in a taxi at the time. I think the fare was in the region of £40, as opposed to the usual £15.
On 26 Apr 2012 at 3:50pm Super Seagull wrote:
50 % of what ACT? There were 15 Saturday home games. You need to get out more on the other 37 Saturdays if you want peace and quiet. You and Cliffite are as silly as each other
On 26 Apr 2012 at 4:22pm lewisian wrote:
ACT and Cliffite sounds like you should both sell up and buy a property together in the middle of a forrest perhaps
On 26 Apr 2012 at 4:53pm Taxi driver wrote:
ACT you are talking shyte. We can't charge extra for traffic jams. To pick a time just before or after a match in any case to travel near the Amex is the moronic part in my mind.
On 26 Apr 2012 at 5:50pm Lewes Seagull wrote:
ACT your not telling porkeys are we?? the Amex is here to stay get over it!
On 26 Apr 2012 at 5:55pm Southover Queen wrote:
I also fail to see why we should rejoice at the presence of thousands of football fans, even if they're impeccably behaved. It is a considerable inconvenience if you can't get a train in or out of Brighton because of a match, and finding the main arterial road regularly slowed to a near standstill is a blasted nuisance. I'm glad that the initial problems have settled down - remember when all the pubs in the vicinity of the station were forced to shut because of threats of violence from Crystal Palace fans? But the fact remains that when plans were granted for a stadium holding 30,000 the impact of moving those numbers in and out of it weren't really adequately planned for. Insulting those who would rather not be confronted by tens of thousands of frustrated (and occasionally drunk and abusive) football fans isn't a terribly helpful response either, is it?
On 26 Apr 2012 at 8:59pm lewisian wrote:
SQ maybe you and others should stay at home on matchday then and stop moaning about others that are just enjoying watching there chosen sport
On 26 Apr 2012 at 9:40pm JustAKid wrote:
Presuming that most of this dismay regarding BHA Stadium is probably emulating from Bonfire enthusiast, I find it very hypocritical that you complain about the amount of fans in match day but when I want to enjoy my £5 hot cross bun from Bills on the 5th there are "thousands of frustrated (and occasionally drunk and abusive)" congesting the town
On 26 Apr 2012 at 9:42pm Old Cynic wrote:
If enjoying watching your chosen sport includes asking a girl sitting next to me in the pub to get her tits out and making lewd gestures at her (one of the said balding, fat B&HA fans) then fine! Personally I always thought that the clue was in the name BRIGHTON / HOVE why didn't they build their ugly stadium in their city Ill never know. I rejoice every time they get thrashed and look forward to the day they get relegated!
On 26 Apr 2012 at 9:51pm JustAKid wrote:
Old Cynic, I think you have spent too many days down the dripping pan to understand the concept of relegation. If you spent any time to research you will find that BHA is a growing team, pushing for promotion with a great support base. You may have to wait a little while longer for that for your day of rejoice. On a side note it would be argued, by the local community, that the Amex in its own right is an area of outstanding natural beauty
On 26 Apr 2012 at 10:26pm the old mayor wrote:
I am just really glad that professional footballers earn more than Bankers and what an excellent job they do keeping the masses entertained, without an ounce of jealously about their earnings and life style. It just proves what a good job they do.
On 26 Apr 2012 at 10:43pm Southover Queen wrote:
You're being just a tiny bit dense, aren't you Lewisian? (Shouldn't that be Lewesian, BTW?) I don't mind you and your fellow fans enjoying their chosen sport in the slightest. I do mind the fact that you and your fellow fans clog all the transport systems for miles around because no-one took that into account. I don't really understand why you and your fellow fans aren't just a bit annoyed by the hassle yourselves: why, for instance, is the station at Falmer only long enough to take three carriages? Elongating it so that four could open their doors would clear the station 25% faster.

I also, in common with others here, mind noisy drunken crowds behaving badly, and oddly enough the quota of noisy drunken eejits seems to increase in direct proportion to match days.

But my gripe is mostly to do with the failure of the planners to accommodate numbers which will, now that the extra numbers are added, amount to double the entire population of this town. So please stop telling me that I should accept that it's a bad idea to leave the house on match days; either that or you accept that your chosen sport inconveniences a lot of people and stop blaming us for being irritated by it.
On 26 Apr 2012 at 11:00pm local wrote:
Commuter - I do walk, but many Rooks fans live outside of the town and need to drive. It was them that I was talking about, rather than just myself as so many on here can't avoid doing.
Apart from the Lansdown and the Brewers, does Lewes actually benefit much? On the 6 or 7 days this season when the matches have clashed, Lewes' revenue has dropped noticeably. Some sponsors have also switched from the Rooks to Brighton, including I believe a high-profile company who will be massively downscaling their Rooks sponsorship next season in favour of the other local stadium...
On 27 Apr 2012 at 1:30am Use my cab wrote:
@ Taxi driver, If you was real you would know that traffic jams do put up the fares, the meter changes to waiting time after a period of time , so you get the full mileage and all the waiting time as well , It is indeed possible to get huge fares when trapped in traffic.
Its a shame the traffic/parking problem was not sorted out before the increase in the stadium size, but that`s the stupid Greens for you , they hate cars so much and expect you all to travel by train ect, Im sure it will sort its self out as people find diff ways to see the game, To be honest the Seagulls wanted a new stadium so much and the council have their tongues up big companies asses so far that it all got built half cocked.
Btw there is a seagull twat who parks his car on the Lewes station rank on Tuesday home games, we have arranged for it to be impounded next time it is there, so be warned.......
On 27 Apr 2012 at 8:58am WB runs down the wing4me wrote:
@Southover Queen. Where did you get the detail about Falmer station only being able to take 3 carriages? Total nonsense. Both ways accepts 8 carriages. However, for Lewes you are asked to be in the front 6 as Lewes has a short platform.
Also, match days are so few and far between, I'm sure you can live with it. I walk to the station and rarely see much disturbance in town. Unless you are desperate to drink in the Lansdown between midday and 2pm I can't see what the fuss is about.
@Use my cab. I can't see what you are moaning about. Easy money for you from what I can see. Wish I got paid for sitting in a jam.
On 27 Apr 2012 at 9:26am Southover Queen wrote:
Thank you for that clarification: I was mistaken. It doesn't detract from the central point that the transport infrastructure doesn't cope well with moving 25k people all at once (and will struggle more when those numbers increase). Those who are regularly inconvenienced by it, particularly those who have no interest in the game being played, have the right to grumble about it without being told to stay at home.

On 27 Apr 2012 at 11:12am Won't use your cab wrote:
What is the problem parking outside the station? Why should anyone get towed away, and who would do it?

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