The day is nearly here – our first Emirates FA Cup Quarter-Final since 1939. Over 4500 Mariners supporters are heading to Brighton for our historic match and, as ever, Kristine Green’s Away Day Guide has all the important information fans need ahead of the day.
What colour kit are we in for this game?
We’ll be wearing our pink third kit for this Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final game.
What’s the ticket information?
All of our tickets are now sold out with no further allocation is available.
How do I get to the ground?
The postcode for the ground is BN1 9PW but supporters are advised not to drive to the ground unless parking has been pre-booked as it’s a designated public transport stadium.
There is a road closure on the route south with the A1 South to junction 17 (Peterborough Services) fully closed from 6am Saturday to 6am Monday so you’ll either need to follow the diversion as indicated or alternatively it’s the A46, M1, M25 or Louth/Horncastle/A16 onto the A1(M) below the closure.
Highways England have said that the A1 Northbound in this area will be open on Sunday afternoon/evening for the return journey.
What stand are we in?
Town fans are located in the South Stand where seating is allocated.
When do turnstiles open?
Turnstiles open ninety minutes before kick-off.
Please note that bags larger than A4 size will not be permitted.
Where is the best place to park?
The stadium is a public transport stadium with a large no parking zone surrounding it. Unless you have pre-booked parking, do not head to the stadium by car.
There is a free park and ride system in place at both Mill Road (BN1 8ZF) and Brighton Racecourse (BN2 9XZ) – you will be required to show match tickets to use this. These will be open from 11.15am, operating on a first-come, first-served basis. The last bus back leaves the stadium ninety minutes after the final whistle.
Alternatively, you can park at one of the stations covered in the free public transport scheme and head to Falmer Station, which is right outside the stadium. However, look to avoid Lewes as there’s a Women’s FA Cup game between Lewes and Manchester United (12:30pm KO) meaning the area will be busy.
Another option is to park in Brighton (this can be costly) and use the number 23 bus, or use the train from Brighton to Falmer. This is again free to use when showing your match ticket.
Public transport will be incredibly busy so you need to be making your way to the stadium at least an hour before KO.
Latest parking/travel information can be found HERE.
Is there disabled parking?
All disabled parking spots available for away supporters at the stadium have now been allocated.
All public transport options have spaces for wheelchairs and are disabled-friendly. The Park and Ride facility will give priority to disabled fans where possible.
What is the nearest train station to the stadium and what is the approximate distance and walking time?
Falmer Train Station is right outside the stadium with trains arriving from London Victoria via Brighton. The service from Brighton (free but you must show your match ticket) will be very busy so please leave plenty of time to get to the stadium before kick-off.
Recommended pubs for away fans?
There are no pubs within the vicinity of the ground but there are plenty of places to choose from on the seafront.
Food available in the area?
There isn’t a lot around the ground but The Lanes area, just off the seafront, has lots of good places to eat.
Where is the nearest cash machine to the Stadium?
There is nothing close to the ground and inside the stadium is cashless.
What food and drink is available on the concourse at the stadium?
There will be both hot and cold food options in the away end as well as hot and cold drinks. Alcohol will be served at various bars on the concourse.
What is the process for supporters looking to bring flags/drums into the stadium?
Sadly, with a no musical instrument policy, the drum will not be allowed into the stadium.
Flags may require pre-approval. Anything over 150cm x 150cm will also need a fire safety certificate. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01273 668855 before 5pm on Friday 17th March to save possible refusal on the day.
What is happening ahead of kick-off?
Our hosts have asked us to let supporters know that a mosaic display is being planned in the stands ahead of kick-off. Supporters will find a piece of card on their seat to hold up and create an impressive Grimsby display for around two minutes as the players begin to walk out of the tunnel. They are asking supporters to get to their seats fifteen minutes before kick off. Then, when the teams begin to walk out, simply hold up the card on your seat!
Is a programme available?
A printed programme will be available on the day.
We hope all supporters heading to the south coast have a safe trip – we’re looking forward to seeing you at the Amex on Sunday!