Albion to be given the Freedom of the City

As the city celebrates the Albion’s first game in the UEFA Europa League, the team is due to be honoured with a prestigious award.

A special council meeting at Brighton Town Hall on 28 November 2023 will meet to vote on the award to Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club of the Freedom of the City.

The ceremonial award recognises the club’s achievements and their contribution to the city.

Councillor Bella Sankey, Leader of the Council, said:

“I’m proud to announce that Brighton & Hove City Council will be holding a special meeting to award the Freedom of the City to Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club.

“The story of the mighty Albion’s success is a source of huge pride for the whole city. From the fiercely loyal fans, who saved our club in the 1990s, but also in the incredible impact the club has had on our whole community and local economy.

“As the team play their first game in Europe, it’s fitting that we can show our civic support by awarding our city’s highest honour.

“Brighton & Hove has never underestimated what our team is capable of, and now we can celebrate what they’ve achieved, and the hope and joy they give to millions around the world.

“It’s an exciting time to be a Brightonian and an Albion fan. I can’t wait to see what they do this season. Up the Albion!”

Chief Executive and Deputy Chairman of Brighton & Hove Albion, Paul Barber said:

“Accepting the Freedom of the City award is a great honour for the club, and a fantastic way for the squad to know that they have the support of the whole city behind them as we embark on our historical first season in European football.”

Celebrating the team’s success in the city

Over the past few years, the Seagulls have soared to success. Following promotion to the Premier League in 2017, the team finished sixth at the end of last season, securing their entry into European football.

This Thursday night sees the Albion make their Europa League debut at home against AEK Athens Football Club.

Across the city, bunting and flags will be flying in the team’s colours and some of the city’s buildings will take on a blue and white glow to celebrate.

Visiting the city for the game?

VisitBrighton has an online guide for visiting away fans with details of how to get to the city and stadium, where to stay and how to enjoy everything Brighton & Hove has to offer.

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