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Brighton to pioneer purpose-built stadiums for women’s team

Brighton & Hove Albion Chief Executive Paul Barber wants to create a purpose-built stadium for the women’s football team. 

The club are already searching for a suitable location within the city to establish a new permanent home for the women’s team.

The team sit ninth in the Women’s Super League (WSL) table and have been a mainstay in the top flight since 2018. 

They primarily play their home matches at Crawley Town’s Broadfield Stadium. They also play some fixtures at the Amex Stadium, the primary venue for the men’s team’s home games since 2011.

Barber envisions the construction of a stadium tailored to female fans and families. He believes it will help expand the women’s football fanbase in Brighton.

Barber said (via Sky Sports): “We think there is an opportunity to build a stadium specifically for female athletes. 

“With a slightly different bias in terms of the people that come to watch the women’s team, where there are more women, more children, more families.

“Football stadiums in this country tend to be designed for male athletes and usually for a male audience. 

“If we can find the land and make it viable, we’d love to create a stadium for our women’s team specifically designed for female athletes. 

“This, we believe, would be the first of its kind in the world. If we’re able to do that, hopefully, we can fuel the growth of women’s football in this part of the country.”

Brighton want an intermediary option between playing at Crawley and relocating every women’s fixture to the Amex Stadium.

“We think there is a gap between the 3,000 to 5,000 crowds we’re attracting at Crawley Town and playing in the main stadium (the Amex), which seats 32,000,” Barber added. 

“Something in between Crawley and the Amex – we think this could work well. We need to build the audience for our women’s team. 

“Ideally, if we can build it in a modular form, so then at some point in the future when crowds are big enough, the women’s team can be moved into the main stadium.”

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