Home of Maidstone United FC

Opened 2012

Capacity 4,200

Rating: 4.4

(386) Google Reviews

Feel of a family club with ambition. Well supported good atmosphere decent football
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3 months ago
Great local club and fairly priced tickets, food and drink.
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4 months ago
Good match, played with no histrionics by both teams referee respected saw no crowd trouble. Apart from parking being a problem an excellent might out. I supported Dulwich in my childhood visiting to see them again.
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3 months ago
Great stadium. Take my daughter here to watch Maidstone ladies
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5 months ago
Great match Shame about the idiot who thought it was funny to kick the bin over. Well done on security who was there very quickly
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5 months ago

History (from Wikipedia)

Pre-construction[edit]

After reforming in 1992 (the original Maidstone United sold their stadium in 1988 and moved into Dartford's ground, a move that eventually saw the club go out of business), Maidstone played in the Kent County League Division 4 with their home games taking place where the original club's old training pitch had been situated, at London Road, near Allington. The club worked their way through the Kent County League and were promoted to the Kent League Premier Division in 2001; however the current ground was nowhere near Kent League standards – so the club elected to ground share with Sittingbourne (where they remained until 2009 when they opted to ground share with Ashford before, season) while they tried to engineer a move to their preferred site for a new stadium in Maidstone at James Whatman Way. Numerous legal disputes and even a colony of Great Crested Newts on the site delayed the clubs attempts to get permission to build a ground there, however in 2004 the club finally made its first steps towards returning to their home town when an application for planning permission to build a stadium at James Whatman Way was unanimously accepted.[15]

However, no real work could begin until the lease to acquire the ground from its owners the 
Ministry of Defence was signed. After yet more red tape was surpassed the lease was finally signed in March 2006.[16] Despite Maidstone now having the green light to start construction, there were questions over the clubs ability to finance the stadium and almost a year passed before some preliminary work took place in January 2007.[17] No significant inroads were made however, and soon the site became overgrown and disused. By the summer of 2008, with no movement at Whatman Way since the initial work and Maidstone suffering financial problems, it was decided the club were unable to fund the ground themselves and a bid was placed for a £1.2 million grant from the Football Foundation to build the stadium. However the bid was turned down, and after this the new stadium took a back seat as all funds were focussed on keeping the club afloat.[18]

A change of club ownership in October 2010 saw a renewed attempt to move to the stadium.
[19] A new company, named Maidstone United Ground Ltd, was formed to deal solely with stadium matters, and by the summer of 2011 £1 million had been raised towards building the ground, and the lands freehold had been purchased outright from the Ministry of Defence. It was at this time it was decided to go ahead with the construction of the stadium.[20][21]

Construction[edit]

After some preliminary work taking place throughout August 2011,[22] full construction of the stadium began on 26 September 2011.[23] The stadium's floodlights were fully installed by late January 2012,[24] and at the start of February the club was informed it had secured a £150,000 grant from the Football Foundation through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund to help finance the build.[25] The terracing at the north and south ends of the ground was installed on 12 and 13 April 2012.[12] The laying of the stadium's artificial 3G pitch began on 30 April 2012 and was completed by 2 May 2012.[26] Within a matter of weeks the club's youth and community teams began training on the pitch whilst construction of the stadium continued. The installation of the seats in the main stand began on 29 May 2012. The stadium was fully completed on 13 July 2012.

Changes and capacity increases[edit]

After the finishing of the initial build in 2012, the club continued to increase the capacity with the extension of the modular terraces at both the north and south ends of the ground.

In late March 2014 the owners of the stadium revealed that they were preparing to apply for planning permission to construct a brand new stand behind the goal at the north end of the ground. However, in July 2014 it was confirmed that these plans were to be put to one side for the time being and instead replaced with a project to extend the existing main stand. This £500,000 scheme saw the addition of around 300 seats (from 442 to 750), 50 Vice President seats and new gates/turnstiles which increased capacity to over 3,030. Work began in late May 2015 and the expansion of the Main Stand was completed on 11 August 2015 just in time for the first home league match of the season, against 
Ebbsfleet United.

Following promotion to non league's top tier in 2016, the club relaid its 3G pitch, and once again had to look to increase the capacity of the stadium, this time to at least 4,000. In June 2016 the club announced plans for a permanent stand at the north end of the stadium, capable of housing up to 1,768 standing spectators, with the structure also being built with future conversion to seating in mind.
[27] Planning permission was granted at the start of October 2016,[28] and work began in November 2016 with the removal of the old modular terracing.[29]

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