Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club looks set to move into their new home after construction on the venue has officially finished.

But there is still a lot of work remaining at the American Express Community Stadium, with nearly £3m of furniture, fittings, TV screens, the big stadium screens within the bowl as well as the fit-out to the new club shop. Work is still underway on the 22,374-seater stadium's perimeter areas including the coach park and landscaping.

"We can’t wait for the first game," said club construction director Derek Chapman. "It’s a day many Albion fans have dreamed of for years and I am looking forward to seeing the looks on the faces of our fans as they come into the stadium for the first time this summer."

Supporter anticipation is at a real high as the club look to build on a league winning season that resulted in promotion to the Championship, the second tier of English football.

Andy Simons, director at architects KKS who designed the venue is delighted with the end product.  He said: "It is fantastic to hit another key milestone in the history of this project. The feedback on the design has been fantastic to date and we haven't yet played a match."

The Grand Opening is scheduled for July 30 with the first friendly match against Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. After a long journey, the finish line is tantalisingly close and the club can look forward to the 2011/2012 season in their new home.

Image courtesy of KKS

Posted on 06/06/2011