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All-ticket game to start 2016

Maidstone United’s New Year match against Margate, on Saturday 2 January, will be all-ticket and segregated.

There are two reasons for this:

The game has been ticketed to help manage the attendance on the day, especially as it falls during a Bank Holiday weekend. Although capacity at the Gallagher Stadium is higher than last season, so are the average crowds. Running as ‘pay-on-the-day’ could have meant turning people away once the limit had been reached.

A separate home and away section is simply because a large number of Stones fans watch both halves from the Town End and authorities had concerns that too many people might want to be behind the goal at that end during the first or second half.

Club chief executive Bill Williams said: “Our previous New Year fixtures have attracted capacity crowds, so we have taken the decision to make the comfort of all supporters a priority. Going all-ticket keeps numbers manageable and avoids that nightmare scenario of having to disappoint people on the day.”

Maidstone United season ticket holders already have their pass for this match. General ticketing information will be announced this week.

  • Margate and Maidstone meet on Boxing Day at Hartsdown Park. This match will be pay on the day and not segregated. More information is available on Margate’s website.

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