Gillingham – Priestfield Stadium

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priestfield stadium gillinghamThe Priestfield Stadium, officially known as the KRBS Priestfield Stadium, for sponsorship purposes, has been the home of Gillingham FC since their formation in 1893.

The stadium was extensively redeveloped in the 1990s, reducing its capacity to the current all-seated 11,582. The Medway Stand, on the North side of the pitch, was opened in 2000, replacing the old Main Stand. This large, two-tiered structure houses the changing rooms, club offices and club shop.

Opposite is the Gordon Road Stand, opened in 1997. Due to planning requirements, the stand had a height restriction placed upon it, making it significantly lower than the other three sides of the ground. The Rainham End Stand, behind the goal at the eastern end of the pitch, replaced a terrace in 1999.

Opposite is the temporary Brian Moore Stand, on the site of the former Town End terrace, which houses visiting supporters. Despite significant investment in the current ground, the club are debating a move to a new stadium.

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How to get to the Priestfield Stadium

By Road:
priestfield stadium directionsThe Priestfield Stadium is located in Redfern Avenue, Gillingham, Kent ME7 4DD.

Drivers coming from the North should exit the A2 at junction 1, joining the A289. After about 3 miles, take the 2nd exit at the roundabout, following signs for the Medway Tunnel. Take the 1st exit at the next 2 roundabouts and enter the tunnel. Follow the A289 through 2 sets of lights and take the 3rd exit at the roundabout, onto Church Street. Drive up the hill, over the level crossing an take the 2nd left into Linden Drive. At its end, turn right into Redfern Avenue, where the ground is on the right.

From the South, leave the M2 at junction 4 onto the A278. Continue over 2 roundabouts and take the 1st exit at the 3rd roundabout onto the A2. Take the 3rd exit at the next roundabout, joining the A289. At the next roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Cornwallis Avenue and follow it through 1 set of lights before turning right into Toronto Road. Take the 2nd left off Toronto into Redfern Avenue, where the ground is on the left.

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By Rail:
gillingham train stationGillingham railway station is about a 10-minute walk from the ground. It is served by trains from London Victoria and Caring Cross. On exiting the station, turn left and proceed as far as the crossroads. Go straight on into Priestfield Road, where the away turnstiles are at the far end. Click here to check the current train timetables

By Air:
The most convenient airport for the Priestfield Stadium is Gatwick. Non-stop “Gatwick Express” trains run to London Victoria every 15 minutes with a journey time of 30 minutes. There are regular, direct trains from Victoria to Gillingham, taking about an hour. Click here to check the current flight times

There are several taxi companies in Gillingham that can take you to and from the Priestfield stadium. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.

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Where to Park?

priestfield stadium parkingVisiting fans advise that the “Pay & Display” car park, on Railway Street, near Gillingham station offers very competitive rates. A “residents only” parking scheme operates around the ground, so those relying on street parking may be face with a lengthy walk to and from the ground.

Away Friendly Pubs near the Priestfield Stadium

pubs near priestfield stadiumThe nearest “away friendly” pub is the Livingstone Arms, on Gillingham Road, about 100 yards from the visitors’ turnstiles. It offers a warm friendly atmosphere, with complimentary bar snacks. However, it does get very busy on match days. The town centre is a comfortable walk from the ground and has several recommended pubs. The CAMRA-listed Will Adams, on Saxton Street, offers an affable intermingling of home and away fans and serves good quality, cheap food.

The Southern Belle, on High Street, opposite the railway station, has also received good reports. Away fans should avoid the Cricketers in Sturdee Avenue.

Hotels near the Priestfield Stadium

ramada encore chathamThe Ramada Encore Chatham, Western Avenue, Chatham, ME4 4NT is ideally located at the Chatham Maritime Dockyard and is easily accessible from the M25 and M2 motorways, within 1½ miles of the Priestfield Stadium. All rooms benefit from a modern design and an en suite bathroom with power shower.

Excellent guest reviews indicate a clean, modern hotel with comfortable rooms and first-rate facilities, offering great value for money.

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What have other Away Fans said about their trip?

away fans gillinghamThe temporary Brian Moore Stand has received mixed reactions from visiting fans, dependent on the weather. This open stand has no windshields and though the club hands out free rain ponchos, many fans report getting soaked. Furthermore its open nature makes it difficult for away fans to generate much atmosphere. However, it is of good size and height, offering excellent views of the playing action.

The facilities are surprisingly good with fans raving about spacious toilets and excellent refreshments, including “the best cheeseburgers in the league.”

Your comments about Gillingham – Priestfield Stadium

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  1. Chopper

    Ok, so I’m not technically an away fan, but I have sat in the (away/home) Brian Moore Stand and know the area well, and as there are no comments I thought I’d provide some for genuine away fans.

    Firstly, Priestfield itself. Located in on eo the slightly less salubrious areas of the Medway conurbation, it comprises three decent, all-seater stands for the home fans, and one not so decent one for the away fans and attendance dependent, home fans.

    The away end is a temporary construction of 3000+ green seats, and is uncovered. Yes, it may appear rickety, but when 2000+ Leeds United fans have spent the entire game pogoing on the thing, I can guarantee you it is not in imminent danger of collapse. The views are unimpeded and very good, although you will struggle to generate much of an atmosphere from the away end due to the lack of a roof.

    You will all be glad to note that this structure will be dismantled at the end of this (2012/13) season, with a replacement currently unknown. Away fans may go in part of the covered Gordon Road Stand from next season, as has happened on occassion when the weather has been particularly inclement and the attendance fairly low, but this is speculation on my part.

    Approaching the away end on foot you will be directed up Priestfield Road and, dependent on the opposition, the two alleyways at the end of this road will be gated shut to keep fans apart.

    As mentioned in the article, the Livingstone Arms is the most common pub destination for away fans. The Will Adams is also a safe bet, with a decent range of ales, but the Southern Belle has had some issues as a gathering place for the more unsavoury element of Gills’ support. The Cricketers as mentioned should be avoided, and door staff will check match tickets prior to entry. The Barge, near the river front on Layfield Road, is also highly recommended and serves a wide range of local ales and has a beer garden looking over the Thames Estuary that is a pleasant place to relax in the sunshine. Further afield, and also highly recommended for pre/post-match drinks is Rochester.

    DO NOT attempt to park near the ground, as the aforementioned residents parking scheme will cause you major issues if you decide to risk it, as this is well monitored.

    I hope you all have an enjoyable trip to Kent, but also if you would be kind enough to leave the three points behind, that would be most appreciated!

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  3. simon olley

    The current away pub the Livingstone arms is currently closed and it does not look like opening for the 2014/15 season. I would like to put forward my pub The Beacon Court Tavern ,1 Copenhagen road, Gillingham me74ry as an alternative we are approx 5 minute walk from Priestfield stadium and can offer locally brewed real ales and lagers also serving food and showing BT and SKY SPORTS for the early game before the big match there is street parking available we usually have parking permits available behind the bar priced 50p and a new public car park is opening in Trafalgar street shortly,with a capacity of over 250 we can cater for the largest of crowds. We look forward to seeing like minded supporters next season

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  5. Clive Smith

    The Livingstone Arms in no longer running as a pub, The away supporters pub is now The Fleur de Lis in Gillingham Road, 5 mins away from high street, and 5 mins away from the ground, we have been running the pub for 25 years, and we welcome away supporters, we have hot and cold snacks available, BT sport.

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