The home of Maidstone United will be known as the Gallagher Stadium until at least 2022.
The Gallagher Group, Kent’s premier construction, quarrying and property business, has extended its naming rights agreement two years early to bring support to a stadium redevelopment scheme, which will see the capacity increase and the main stand almost double in size.
Despite the current deal running until 2017, Gallagher has paid £100,000 immediately to help the club finance a £600,000 project, which will provide an extra 350 seats, a new supporters’ lounge and additional terracing behind both goals.
Club chief executive Bill Williams said: “For the second time in as many years, the Gallagher Group has shown us such wonderful generosity. The company’s significant contribution has boosted our fundraising efforts for this summer’s stadium improvement work.
“Adding extra seats is a priority but this work will also increase the capacity. On a number of occasions during the past few years we’ve had sellouts, so by going up to 3,000 it will give more families the opportunity to come and enjoy those big games.”
Gallagher Group chairman Pat Gallagher said:“Maidstone United returning to the town was always going to be great but you would have struggled to imagine the enormity of their impact.
“It was clear to us very early on that Terry, Oliver and the team around them were worth backing and so it has proved. It is a privilege and a pleasure to be associated with the club and to bring forward our sponsorship to help them take the next step in their development.”
The Gallagher Group has been associated with the club for a number of years but took its sponsorship to new heights in 2011 when it became the principal contractor in the construction of the new stadium.
2012 was a memorable year for both. On New Year’s Day it was announced that the venue would be known as the Gallagher Stadium and seven months later a capacity crowd witnessed the club’s homecoming in a friendly match between the Stones and Brighton & Hove Albion.
This season the Gallagher name was beamed around the world when Maidstone beat Stevenage in a televised FA Cup first round replay.