Date: 14th December 2016 at 7:15am
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Ahead of Tuesday evening’s clash against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, Brighton announced that the club now had a record number of general season ticket holders.

With sales over the summer for permanent seats in the 2016/17 campaign, added to sales for half season tickets so far, it means the club now boasts over 23,000 fans with season ticket cards in their pockets and the club fully expect to sell out the remainder before the end of December in light of the promotion challenging season we are again having.

With more than 23,000 season ticket holders, including 1901 Club members, it is the largest figure in the clubs’ history when it comes to general admission season ticket holders over the past 115 years – and there are of course a limited number of half season tickets left on sale.

As a throw on from this, the club are always warning that there will be limited season ticket availability come the next summer, so the advice is to either get yourself a half season ticket, join the Seagulls Priority Scheme as a Bronze or Young Seagulls Plus member if you have thoughts already about next season.

Chief Executive Phil Barber told the Official Site about the response this year.

‘Once again this is another demonstration of the outstanding support we receive from our fans. Our core fan base is strong and still growing – a key long-term aim of the club. We are only in our sixth season at the Amex, and to see such growth in such a relatively short period is testament to the football that has been offer and the quality of our stadium.’

Barber went on to say that the numbers themselves were ‘staggering’ and he again had to thank the fans for their backing, and it’s not just season ticket backing either, it’s the backing of fans in seeing the Amex sell out a number of times so far this year or at least edge near full capacity.

‘The numbers are quite staggering and we are genuinely very grateful for that support. We have capped the season-ticket sales just above 23,000 in order to ensure we can accommodate up to 3,000 visiting supporters, and still have a good number of matchday tickets available at most home matches for those Albion fans unable to commit to a season ticket. We have seen great demand even for those matchday tickets in recent weeks. Norwich, Villa and Fulham were sell outs, over 28,000 were here for our home game against Leeds United, which was on a Friday night, live on TV and in the midst of a rail strike, and we expect QPR to sell out as well.’

Certainly the kind of backing necessary if we are to finally achieve our aim and get ourselves into the top flight for next season and they’ll be a number of clubs envious of the support and those numbers.

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