Price freeze likely to lead to more big crowds

A bumper crowd is expected at the Amex to see Sami Hyypiä take charge of his first competitive game.

AmexStadiumA bumper crowd is expected at the Amex tomorrow (Saturday) to see Sami Hyypiä take charge of his first competitive game as Seagulls manager.

The imposing former Finland international will send his Seagulls squad out against Sheffield Wednesday in front of a healthy Amex crowd, no doubt all eager to see what affect he has on the team’s fortunes.

Brighton once again topped the attendance charts in the Championship last season, with an average gate of 27,238 – up from 26,236 the season before.

And while a small number of fans have not renewed their season tickets, the club still boasts upwards of 21,000 season ticket holders – a figure unlikely to be matched by any of their second-tier rivals.

Sheffield Wednesday have sold more than 2,500 tickets for the Amex away end tomorrow, meaning Hyypiä can expect a good atmosphere during his first taste of competitive Amex action.

The Albion’s interest-free direct debit option on season tickets has again proved popular with supporters while the club have frozen ticket prices for fans buying on an individual match basis. Matches will again be split into three categories (A, B and C) with prices varying dependent on the opposition and where in the ground they are.

Adult prices range from £25 for the cheapest Category C seats to £42 for the most expensive Category A ones. Over 65s are £20 to £30 with the same category distinction, while Under 18s range from £10 (Cheapest Category C) to £22 (Most expensive Category A) and Under 10s £5 (Cheapest Category C) to £12 (Most expensive Category A).

The Albion have also cut prices for the forthcoming Capital One Cup match with Cheltenham Town.

The sides meet at the Amex on Tuesday, with a 7.45pm kick-off, and young fans can attend for just £1 when accompanied by an adult or senior.

Brighton have also cut senior and adult ticket prices for the match, with adult entry just £12 and over-65s £8. Each adult can buy up to five £1 under-18 tickets. 1901 Club members do not need to purchase tickets as this match is included in their season package.