Maidstone United are calling on the town’s business community to get behind the football club’s expansion plans.
The main stand at the Gallagher Stadium is due to be extended this summer to provide an extra 350 seats, including a new supporters’ lounge, and there will be additional terracing behind both goals.
To boost the capacity to the 3,000 needed for the Conference, new turnstiles, gates and exits are required at the venue which opened in July 2012.
The price tag for all that work comes in at around £550,000.
Much of that has been raised through the reinvestment of profits, this season’s FA Cup prize and TV money, as well as the sale of three-year Vice President packages.
Club co-owner Oliver Ash said: “Thanks to our football successes this season and the support of our business partners and fans we have raised the majority of funds needed for this important project. We now urgently need to secure finance for the final £100,000.
“We have created a selection of sponsorship and advertising opportunities, which will positively promote local businesses and help us add new facilities to cater for those fans, particularly the youngsters and the elderly, who really need them.”
The Stones’ return to the county town after nearly a quarter of a century has been a phenomenal success.
Crowds have averaged nearly 2,000 and the club is in the top 15 of the best supported non-league sides in the country. Thanks to the 3G pitch the stadium is open seven days a week and more than 150,000 people visit annually.
There have been knock-on benefits to the town with spectators visiting pubs, restaurants and shops before and after matches and events, as well as the coverage generated from two live television matches this season.
Current opportunities include ad boards, naming rights for the extended main stand and sponsorship of a new electronic scoreboard. A few suggestions can bedownloaded here.
Businesses interested in supporting the Stones can call Bill Williams or Simon Daniel on 01622 753817.