A year after Brighton & Hove Albion opened their new stadium, the Championship club will help Maidstone United open theirs.
With Charlton Athletic’s pre-season tour to Spain brought forward, The Seagulls will be The Stones first opponents at the £2.6million Gallagher Stadium on Saturday 14 July. Gus Poyet’s side are riding high in the Championship, occupying a play-off place with just six games of the season remaining.
Maidstone United Chief Executive Bill Williams said: “Brighton and Maidstone may be leagues apart in the football pyramid but our supporters know all about the dream of a new stadium. The Amex Stadium has given Albion a whole new lease of life, propelling the club towards the Premier League. Our homecoming will end a 24-year wait for a new, purpose-built facility and start an exciting chapter in the history of this great club.”
Brighton & Hove Albion Manager Gus Poyet commented: “We are delighted to be invited to play in a friendly to celebrate the opening of Maidstone United’s new stadium, and it will be a great venue for us to start our pre-season warm-up campaign. We know from our own experiences that these are memorable occasions, and how a new stadium can have a hugely positive effect on a club, and I’m sure this will be a day to remember for all those connected with Maidstone United.”
The Stones and Charlton will arrange a friendly at a later date. Clubs in the Premier League and Championship have been invited to Kent’s county town this summer to play at the Gallagher Stadium.
Today (5 April), marks 100 days until the first match at the Gallagher Stadium.