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Amex Stadium Construction

It took a decade of planning battles, letters writing, flowers, a shit cd, protests down at the sea front, protests at Wycombe Wanderers in League One, more sodding letters, play-off final banners, Dick Knight boring everyone to death on the Withdean pitch at half time and countless other campaigns before planning permission was granted for the Amex.

Having waited 12 years from the closure of the Goldstone to the soil breaking at Falmer, there was understandably a keen interest in the building work than you would find when it comes to most new stadiums.

We made 15 visits to the site over the course of the two year build to inspect on its progress and watch the dream become reality.

Falmer Stadium Building The Future - August 25th 2009
Our first visit to the site of the Amex came two years before it opened. The once muddy field that the locals considered an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty had been flattened on the opposite side of the university, the shell of the East Stand was beginning to appear.
Falmer at Christmas - December 14th 2009
It was a cold December morning when we paid our second visit to Falmer. As well as the East Stand, the concourse area of the South Stand was beginning to take place, one roof arch was on site, and we captured a builder singing "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles" on our exclusive video of the site
New Year, New Stadium - February 2nd 2010
The first visit we made to the site of 2010 came in February, some 18 months before the official opening. Things were really starting to take shape now on the East and South Stands and rumours rife that we were just a matter of weeks away from the East Stand arch being erected.
Raising of the East Arch - February 17th 2010
15 days after our previous visit, there was significant progress on the East Stand arch with the first piece of the structure that will support the roof having been put in place. The West and South Stands were also beginning to come on nicely.
East Arch Erection - February 23rd 2010
Following on from our visit a week previously when the East Arch was being put into place, we returned to find it fully erect and looking pretty bloody magnificent. Work was also continuing on the South Stand, while the first pieces of the mammoth West Stand had been put into position.
Building in the West - March 16th 2010
With the East Stand Arch now fully erect, the attention moved to the West Stand as the three tiered structure began to take shape, giving the first impressions of just how big the Amex Stadiums main stand was going to be. There was also some landscaping of the South Field going on.
Stadium in Spring - April 1st 2010
The first beautiful day since Spring time befell 2010 seemed as good a day as any to return to Falmer. The colossal West Stand had started to spring up and the first piece of its arch was also on site while construction is now underway on the final piece in the stadium jigsaw, the North Stand
Stadium Solstice - June 28th 2010
There had been much progress on the Amex Stadium when we made our first visit in three months. Most noticeably, the structure of the stadium was now complete with the North Stand, West Stand and West Stand arch all have been neatly completed as the site really did begin to now resemble a ground.
August Bank Holiday at the Amex - August 30th 2010
With the brickwork well underway on the outside of the stadium and the first pieces of the roof going into place on the north and south stands, from a distance Falmer looked like a proper stadium - and, despite all of the clubs claims, it stuck out like a sore thumb - a bloody brilliant sore thumb

Freshers Week Falmer - September 24th 2010
With both universities now opening their doors to the 2010 intake of students, we decided it was a good a time to go and eye up fit new students alongside a fit new stadium. The entire roof structure was now in place and Falmer Station was also receiving a makeover.

Falmer from Afar - October 8th 2010
Two things are very striking when viewing The Amex from afar - that, when the club said it would "blend into the surroundings", they were talking bollocks. And when the opposition said it would "spoil an area of outstanding natural beauty", they were talking an equal amount of rubbish. It is stunning.
Freezing Falmer - November 23rd 2010
Not even freezing weather can detract from the beauty of what is developing on Village Way as we returned for our first visit in six weeks before setting off for Southampton away. The exterior of the North Stand was now completed, and preparation work was beginning on the pitch.
Year of the Amex - January 18th 2011
Nearly a quarter of a million pounds is now being spent daily up at Falmer as Withdean prepares to host it's last 12 league games . Two weeks into the Year of the Amex, we paid another visit to see how things were coming on as season ticket holders flock to the site to pick their seats for next season.
Amex from the Downs - March 25th 2011
Despite a phobia of exercise, we cycled the South Downs Way from the top of Ditchling Beacon through to Stanmer Park. The results? Some stunning long distance views of the nearly-completed Amex, making a mockery of the claims it wouldn't be visible from some of Sussex' finest countryside. Go Inside the Amex - June 24th 2011
With the building work and the handover now complete, Brighton and Hove Albion FC officially own the Amex Stadium. We were lucky enough to go inside our fabulous new home to acquire 50 photos for you and can say for a fact that the battle to get the new stadium was well and truly worth it.