GILLINGHAM PLAN TO DOUBLE CAPACITY AT NEW STADIUM

Latest plans reveal that Gillingham’s proposed move would see them build a new stadium more than double the capacity of their current Priestfield home.

The club has earmarked a 40-acre site at Mill Hill, just one mile away from their existing stadium, for a ground that would seat up to 24,000 spectators.

Priestfield, originally opened in 1893, has a maximum capacity of just over 11,500, but the new venue would be one of the biggest in Sky Bet League 1.

The project to build the new stadium opposite the club’s training facilities, which was met with opposition when unveiled in 2012, would also see a new supermarket and hundreds of homes built.  

Blueprints have been submitted by Gillingham to Medway Council, in addition to an application for permission to carry out a scoping assessment at the site.

Gillingham chairman Paul Scally has previously said that staying at Priestfield was not a viable long-term option, and a move would allow them to compete at a higher level.

Posted on 20/08/2014