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Opened 1893

Capacity 11,582

Rating: 4

(687) Google Reviews

The atmosphere has lifted since the first week of January and although we have lost today I look forward to going again. What I want to see now is over the summer the place to be tidied up the toilets refurbished and the whole menu changing in the refreshment huts. Also we need to start taking cash again and re-open the shop on matchdays. Let's make it a place to be proud of again since Mr Harris gave us our belief back.
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a week ago
Don't get me wrong, the facilities we provide for away fans is an embarrassment to football, let alone the club. However, the memories I have for this place will always mean its 5 stars! Ps - seriously though, if you're in that away end bring a waterproof and take out a fresh life insurance policy.
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2 months ago
Another one ticked off the list. Very friendly members of staff, brilliant food (chicken and bacon pie was brill) and a good view from the press box. Very odd away stand, but that's what makes it unique.
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2 months ago
5 star fans, 3 Star stadium facilities. So frustrating, with a few more staff serving food / drink it could easily be a better experience and would gain another ⭐ along with the club gaining more of your hard earned pennies. Food and drink is surprisingly good value. e.g. A pint of lager or cider and a burger for around £7.50. Parking can be a pain but you can park for free on roads not too far from the ground. Train and bus station only a 10 min walk to the ground. Overall a good experience.
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2 months ago
A bit outdated, other than that, clean and and inviting. I came here as the venue was used for blood donation. The room used is very outdated and dark.
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a month ago

History (from Wikipedia)

New Brompton Football Club, the forerunner of Gillingham Football Club, formed in June 1893. At the same time an area of land in Gillingham was acquired by the club's founders, the purchase being funded through an issue of 1,500 £1 shares.[2] Sources differ on whether the stadium was named after the road on which the land stood, Priestfield Road,[3] or whether the road was named after the stadium,[4] although until 1947 the stadium itself was officially named Priestfield Road.[5] A pitch was laid and a pavilion erected,[4] and the first matches at Priestfield were staged on 2 September 1893. New Brompton's reserve team played Grays, followed immediately by the first match for the club's first team, against Woolwich Arsenal's reserves. The admission charge for the two matches was 3d.[6] A newspaper report on the matches noted that the club had recently purchased an additional acre and three-quarters of ground and had accepted a contract for the construction of a stand containing 500 seats.[7] Most spectators stood on terracing, banked earth, or simply along the perimeter of the pitch, as was the case at most football grounds at the time.[8] In order to raise funds to assist with the running of the football club, New Brompton allowed the ground to be used for other events, such as smoking concerts, fêtes, athletics meetings and a ladies' football match. Sheep were allowed to graze on the pitch during the week, a common practice at many grounds at that time.[9] In 1899, a second stand was added along part of the Gordon Road side of the ground, reportedly built by off-duty dock workers in exchange for beer and cigarettes.[10]

By 1908, the total number of seats had been increased to 800 and terracing added at the 
Rainham end of the ground. In 1912, the club's first Supporters' Association was formed, its initial project being to raise the necessary funds to construct terracing at the opposite end of the ground.[11] Two years later the club, which had changed its name to Gillingham F.C. in 1913, secured a bank loan of £1,570 which was used to build a new grandstand, but just a month after it was completed the stand was severely damaged by high winds, which ripped off the roof and twisted most of the ironwork. The club sued the contractors, but it took a further three months for the damage to be repaired.[12]

A new attendance record was set in 1924 when an 
FA Cup match against First Division leaders Cardiff City drew a crowd of 19,472.[13] This record stood until 1948, when 23,002 fans watched Gillingham take on Queens Park Rangers in the FA Cup, with many more turned away.[14] In the same year the club, which had lost its place in the Football League ten years earlier after failing to gain re-election, produced a glossy brochure as part of its bid to be elected back into the league. The facilities at Priestfield were highlighted as one of the club's strengths in the brochure, which listed the ground's capacity as "between 25,000 and 30,000" but stated that plans had been drawn up to increase the capacity to 50,000, with 5,000 seats.[14]

The ground underwent its most extensive redevelopment to date in 1955, at a total cost of £28,500. The previously sloping pitch was levelled, the terracing that occupied part of the Gordon Road side of the ground replaced, and new covered accommodation, known as the Stanley Stand, erected between the Rainham End and Gordon Road Stand.
[15] The first floodlights were erected in 1963, at a cost of over £14,000, but this was to be the last significant development work at Priestfield for over thirty years.[16][17] By the early 1980s the capacity of the ground was listed as 22,000,[18] although this was reduced to 19,000 when the Gordon Road Stand was closed for safety reasons.[10][19] In 1987, a clock was erected at the corner of the Rainham End and the Stanley Stand, dubbed the Lord Sondes Clock in honour of Henry Milles-Lade, 5th Earl Sondes, a member of the club's board of directors. The clock was removed during later stadium redevelopment work.[20]

New owner 
Paul Scally took over at the club in 1995 and soon instigated a programme of redevelopment which completely transformed the formerly run-down ground. The closed stand was replaced with a new Gordon Road Stand in 1997 at a cost of more than £2 million. Two years later the Rainham End terracing was replaced with a new all-seater stand, with the sports centre behind it demolished and replaced with a car park.[17]

The main stand on the northern side of the pitch was demolished in 1999, along with a section of away terracing, to be replaced with a new state-of-the-art facility dubbed the Medway Stand, but the work was beset by problems. Due to serious delays with the building of the new stand, the club was forced to spend most of the subsequent season first with that side of the ground completely empty, then later with building work ongoing. Supporters were not able to sit in the new stand until the latter stages of the 
1999–2000 season, and even then many of the facilities had not been finished.[17] The stand also caused severe financial problems for the club, as its facilities eventually cost significantly more than the original estimate.[21]

The fourth side of the ground was redeveloped in 2003 when the Town End terracing was removed and a temporary stand put in its place, named after the late football commentator and Gillingham supporter 
Brian Moore. It was hoped that work would begin on a permanent Brian Moore Stand in 2004,[17] but due to talk of relocating the club to a new ground and the club's current financial problems, this has been put on hold.[22]

On 1 June 2007, the stadium was officially renamed 
KRBS Priestfield Stadium as part of a sponsorship deal that lasted three years with the Kent Reliance Building Society.[23] In 2011 another such deal led to the rebranding of the stadium as MEMS Priestfield Stadium.[24]

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