Priestfield Stadium is a football stadium in Gillingham, Kent. It has been the home of Gillingham Football Club since the club's formation in 1893, and was also the temporary home of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club for two seasons during the 1990s. The stadium has also hosted women's and youth international football matches and a London Broncos rugby league match.
The stadium underwent extensive redevelopment during the late 1990s, which has brought its capacity down from nearly 20,000 to a current figure of 11,582. It has four all-seater stands, all constructed since 1997, although one is only of a temporary nature.
The Medway Stand runs alongside the pitch and offers a fantastic view of the action from all areas, as does the Rainham End behind the goal. The Gordon Road stand running parallel to the Medway Stand, was the first to be redeveloped and comes complete with approximately 8 pillars, all arranged to block your view, if you're toward the back, of at least one of the goals.
As is the case with most old grounds, Priestfield Stadium has four distinct stands. The Medway Stand has two tiers separated by boxes and contains the dugouts and players’ tunnel. The Rainham End Stand is a single-tier and is where the most passionate Gillingham fans sit. The Gordon Road Stand runs along the side of the pitch and is restricted in height because of the nearby residential area, whilst The Brian Moore Stand is the only uncovered section of the ground and normally houses the away fans.
Visiting supporters are housed in the Brian Moore stand behind one of the goals. The stand is temporary and without a roof although of quite a decent size. The view from this stand is quite impressive at this level with 3 relatively new builds to peruse.
In the town centre, the Will Adams pub offers a good place for both home and away fans to mix. It offers a lot of friendly banter and a pint while you're at it. The only pub which is a home fans only pub is The Cricketers in Sturdee Avenue. This should be avoided by away fans. Also recommended is the Livingstone Arms as an away fans pub.
There are plenty of restaurants and takeaways to choose from in the town centre with a pretty decent selection located on the High Street if you fancy something a little more substantial to eat. The Eel Pie Island cafe which can be found on the right as you walk through the high street away from the ground is a particularly popular place before the game.
Parking is very much restricted in the local area, although you don't have to drive far away to find non-resident only street parking. Arrive in plenty of time and you'll get parked within a 5 minute walk of the ground.
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