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First team games at the Gallagher to be segregated

Home league and cup games at the Gallagher Stadium will be segregated for the remainder of the 2017/18 season.

For the past five years the club have looked at every game on an individual basis but having spoken to and taken advice from all the various safety bodies, it has been decided that it is in the best interest of home and visiting supporters to have separate sections.

Chief Executive Bill Williams said: “Supporters’ safety has and always will be paramount here at Maidstone United and the decision of the directors has been taken purely on that basis.

“It wasn’t a decision we took lightly but in the context of how our football club has evolved, personally I believe that it is a necessity and not necessary a bad thing.

“In my opinion it improves the overall experience for everyone and it is pretty much the norm at this level, with just three clubs we visited last season having open grounds.”

At present the stadium can only be segregated at the Genco Stand and north east corner of the ground, where catering and toilet facilities are available exclusively for away supporters.

In the next few weeks, the club and Shepherd Neame are investing in better bar facilities under the Genco Stand to make the area more welcoming for both sets of supporters.

Home supporters will use the turnstiles accessed through the car park, while visiting fans will use turnstile eight or nine, located opposite the Kent History and Library Centre on James Whatman Way.

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