Are you visiting the Gallagher Stadium for the first time? Here’s a handy guide to the home of Maidstone United.
Where is the Gallagher Stadium?
It’s situated on the edge of the town centre, alongside the River Medway – minutes from two motorway junctions and within easy walking distance of two mainline train stations and various bus stops.
I’ve heard stadium parking is limited. Where are the nearest car parks?
On first team match days all the spaces at the Gallagher Stadium are reserved and cars have permits to park there.
The nearest pay and display car parks are at Sandling Road (five minute walk), Maidstone East Train Station (seven minute walk) and Fremlin Walk (seven minute walk). Please note that Sandling Road car park now closes at 20:00 daily.
If you fancy a walk along the River Medway you can park at the Lockmeadow Centre on Barker Road (ME16 8LW). Cross Lockmeadow Millennium Bridge, pass All Saints Church and the Archbishops’ Palace, along the towpath to the Gallagher Stadium.
For all other matches and functions at the Gallagher Stadium, spaces are available on a first come, first served basis. (Unless advertised to the contrary).
When do you play your matches?
First team games are on Saturdays (15:00 kick off) and Tuesdays (19:45 kick off).
The stadium is open seven days a week. There are under 18 matches some Tuesday evenings, National League Youth Alliance games some Wednesday afternoons, as well as under 23, youth and women’s football at the weekend. On the home page you’ll see a link for This week at the Gallagher Stadium – click on that for full details.
Also, follow @maidstoneunited on Twitter for up to date information.
How much are first team match tickets?
This information is available on our Admission page.
Unless advertised, all matches are pay on the day.
Occasionally, admission is discounted for a cup game. If that’s the case, it will be advertised on the website.
Matchday programmes are available at first team matches. This is a 36-page, full colour programme – priced at £2. (Subject to availability).
What time do the gates open?
On Saturday afternoons, gates open at 12:30 and on Tuesday evenings it’s 18:15.
The Spitfire Lounge is open as soon as the gates are. Come down early on Saturday to watch the live match from BT Sport/Sky Sports. If there isn’t a game on, chances are we’ll find a sport on another channel.
Are there specific areas for home and away supporters?
There are home and away sections within the stadium. Home fans have access to all but the north east corner and enter the ground via turnstiles three to six. Away fans enter via turnstile 8, opposite the Kent History & Library Centre on James Whatman Way.
Are there facilities for disabled supporters?
We are committed to making sure that disabled supporters and visitors have as much access as reasonably possible to club facilities and services at the Gallagher Stadium. As a modern venue, it was designed and built to met the access requirements of the time.
The home supporters’ wheelchair areas are in two areas of the ground: Genco Stand and Manchett Main Stand. There are two visiting supporters’ wheelchair user positions, with seats for personal assistants in the Genco Stand. Please contact the club office on 01622 753817 in advance of the match.
Assistance dogs are admitted to the ground, please call in advance, so adequate provision can be made.
On-site car parking is extremely limited. A drop-off facility is available. There are council-run car parks situated near the ground and on-street bays on James Whatman Way. These are chargeable.
What’s within the ground?
As you come through the turnstile at the home end, you’ve got the club shop to your left and the Spitfire Lounge to your right. Programmes are sold from a gazebo opposite the turnstiles.
Further to the left is an outside bar, pie shop, burger grill, sweet shop and toilets.
At the opposite end there is a refreshment kiosk, as well as ladies and gents toilets.
The Spitfire Lounge is our match day clubhouse. It opens at the same time as the turnstiles and before most matches there will be a televised game on the big HD screen.
As well as Spitfire Lager, you’ll find draught Singha, Fosters, Guinness, Strongbow Dark Fruits and Whitstable Pale Ale. There’s also a great selection of bottled beer and cider, spirits, soft drinks, crisps and sweets. The lounge has ladies, gents and disabled toilets.
I’ve heard it’s a non-smoking ground?
That’s correct. E-cigarettes are not allowed either. As well as no smoking, we also ask people to refrain from chewing gum – it’s just to make sure the stadium stays looking its best and is not blighted by bits of chewing gum on the paths.
If I want to make a day of it, is there plenty to do?
There sure is. The Gallagher Stadium is minutes away from the town centre, where you’ll find more shops than there is at Bluewater. The ground is seconds away from the River Medway and the beautiful Whatman Park. Check out the following links:
What if I need help on the day?
We’re here to help. Look out for a steward who’ll be wearing a hi-vis jacket or vest – or see a member of match day staff at one of the bars or the club shop. Alternatively, if you’re nearby someone in amber and black, chances are they’ll know the answer or can point you in the right direction of someone who will.