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Gillingham FC

League 1
MEMS Priestfield Stadium
Capacity: 11,582
MEMS Priestfield Stadium
Redfern Avenue

Disabled supporters contact

Club or stadium contact
 for disabled fans

Ben Reeves
Ticket and Membership Executive / DLO / SLO

01634 300000

General ticket office contact

Ben Reeves
Ticket and Membership Executive / DLO / SLO

01634 300000

Accessible ticket contact

Ben Reeves
Ticket and Membership Executive / DLO / SLO

01634 300000

Accessibility information

Number of wheelchair user spaces




Accessible wheelchair bays are located in the front row of home and away blocks.

Number of easy access and amenity seats




Easy accessible seats are located in the front row of home and away blocks.

Number of accessible toilets





Audio commentary

Gillingham have 16 handsets available.

Sensory room

Gillingham do not currently have a Sensory room available.

Accessible services + information

Assistance dogs

There are not currently any relieving stations provided for assistance dogs.

Hearing loops

Ticket office have these in place

Club shop

Club Shop is online and click and collect service only. There are no low counters, but staff are able to assist

Club hospitality

Wheelchair users are able to utilise our 1893 package and will then be seated in a wheelchair accessible area.

Audio commentary is also available.

Braille and large print provision

The club do not currently provide any disabled supporters information i.e. booklet with a map of accessible facilities in accessible formats (large print, easy read).

Food concession stands

There are not currently accessible catering facilities available i.e. low level serving counters at kiosks.

Total number of parking spaces

Due to being a high residential area, we have limited parking.

There are parking bays situated around the entirety of the stadia, which you will be able to utilise for up to 3 hours whilst displaying your blue badge.

How we set targets

We use accepted industry standards to set the club targets. The reference documents include: Accessible Stadia Guide 2003 and Accessible Stadia Supplementary Guidance 2015; Building Regulations Approved Document M, Access to and Use of Buildings; BS 8300, Design of buildings and their approaches to meet the needs of disabled people; Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds (Green Guide); Access for All, UEFA and CAFE Good Practice Guide to Creating an Accessible Stadium and Matchday Experience

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Updated November 2021

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  • Jo Newall, who attended 21/12/19
    2 years ago

    This was I reckon our 5th visit to Gillingham in the past 7 years as away fans (I am a powerchair user and my husband is severely visually impaired). As I have already written reviews on 3 of these past visits, I will keep this one to just updates on my previous reviews.

    Usual problems. Official away travel coaches park a long way from the stadium and are unable to even drop off close to the stadium, so this needs to always be kept in mind when visiting Priestfield. That said, it does seem that Blue Badge holders can park for up to 3 hours in the residents’ parking bays in the residential streets around the stadium (I would check this first!) Our mini-bus dropped us off at the Gordon Road entrance where we entered the stadium last time, for us to then be informed we needed to go to the Priestfield Road Entrance via the adjoining alley, some powerchairs struggled with the depth of the dropped kerb in doing this.

    Seating Areas
    Unlike when we visited 2 seasons ago, the Club have partially separated off the home and away end in the Gordon Road Stand. Still quite a lot of home fans enter the stand at the away end but there are steward controlled barriers to prevent the home fans coming into the away end during the match and at the end. I was very, very pleased to see this as when we visited two seasons ago, a fight broke out between home and away fans right in front of where we were seated which caused my husband to have a seizure. All the away fans were seated this time in the Gordon Road Stand until it became so full they had to open the Brian Moore Stand just before ko. Although the away end of the Gordon Road Stand was full to capacity, it felt very safe with lots of stewards present and no one getting in the way of us seeing the match.

    Accessible toilets
    Remember your radar key, as when we first arrived the stewards couldn’t find theirs! There was no hand wash in the right hand toilet and I could not get any hot water either. Both were in the left hand toilet but I struggled with space in that cubicle for my 6-wheel powerchair.

    The changes made from our visit 2 seasons ago were positive. Based on our previous visits to Priestfield, this visit was far better than some previous ones.

  • J&J, who attended 17/12/2016
    5 years ago

    Away wheelchair fans have been moved from the Brian Moore Stand (where we sat on our previous visits) to the beginning of the Gordon Road covered stand to the right of where they use to be.

    As a result we entered via Gordon Road, not Prestfield Road. Given this new entrance we asked the Stewards for help with parking our Club’s wheelchair accessible mini-bus when we arrived and were simply told there was no parking. It was the local police who told us we could use the space they had intended to use for their vehicle at the entrance (nice one Kent Police!)

    Whilst in the Gordon Road Stand you are not sat out in the elements, there is barely enough room for another wheelchair/scooter user in pass in front of you and all the away fans who occupy the remaining 80% of this stand need to pass in front of you to get to refreshments/toilets and back to their seats. Apart from a lot of traffic this was fine on this occasion but if it was a needle match, this would seem far from a perfect scenario. Ok it wasn’t raining on this occasion but we would have preferred to be where we were previously, even if we were uncovered, where incidentally the tickets were also £5 cheaper. Perhaps it would be good to give away wheelchair fans the choice, just as they give away able bodied fans the choice of which stand they want to be in. (When the tickets for Gillingham went on sale at our Club, they were advertised as seated and standing. The standing was in the John Moore Stand where all the away fans use to go and where there remains the same seating as there always was, the only difference being the block nearest the tunnel now has home fans in it. There are now both home and away fans in the both Stands.)

  • J&J, who attended 14/02/15
    7 years ago

    Our second visit as away fans in successive seasons to Priestfield. As I wrote a detailed review after our last visit this is just an update to that. David Burgon who is named as the Club’s contact for disabled fans left in December but I notice that his name is still showing as the contact on Gillingham’s web site.


    The disabled parking space at the away entrance that we used last season has now disappeared. Our mini-bus driver asked the stewards and police where he could park and was helpfully told they didn’t know! As it was, a business owner in Priestfield Street very helpfully moved his own car so we could park. In preparing to write this review I have just noticed in the info about Gillingham FC on LPF’s web site it says that Blue Badge Holders can park in the residents’ parking that is all around the ground. I have checked on the Gills’ own web site and I can’t find this anywhere. It is certainly something that I will check out before we visit again as if it is so it would make parking so much easier. The problem with parking any distance from the ground is that the pavements are narrow and uneven with all sorts of obstacles such as parked cars that just make negotiating them in a wheelchair with someone with a white cane slightly challenging!

    Viewing Areas

    During warm up the practice goal was right in front of where we were, the stray balls became so threatening that one of the senior stewards took on the role of protector for us. Stray balls continued to be a real hazard to us during the game, so you do need to be alert if you are sat at pitch level.


    Mindful of our experience last season we took our own. The one comment I heard about the refreshments on this visit was someone saying the coffee was terrible. It looked to be the standard commercial pre-packaged “just add hot water” variety available at many grounds. I noted that many of the away fans were turning up eating chips, someone saying there were two chip shops in the adjoining roads.

    Accessible Toilets

    Not as spotless as last season and no hand towels/dryer which I reported to the steward and he said he would get some. Again I could not get any hot water. I discovered that the right hand cubicle is much bigger than the left one. When you come out of the toilet cubicle, it is the left hand door you are heading for, don’t like me try to get through the locked cupboard door to the right!

    Headset Commentary for Visually Impaired Fans

    Sadly it only worked for the first 5 minutes.


    All those in the ground were very friendly, particularly the Fire Warden who we first met last season.

  • J&J, who attended 05/10/13
    8 years ago

    Our first visit to Priestfield as away wheelchair fans.

    Access to the Ground

    In a nutshell, not easy! By no means straight off the motorway but the ground is well signposted – follow the brown signs. The ground itself is in a residential area on the edges of the town centre. Earlier reviews refer to the perils of the journey between the ground and the town centre for disabled fans. We regularly travel to matches in a wheelchair-accessible mini-bus that is part of our Club’s official away travel and as such are usually allowed to park close to our entrance without too many difficulties. We were therefore somewhat surprised to be informed that there was no parking at all at Priestfield and even to be dropped off at the stadium would have to be arranged through our Police Liaison Officer.

    As it was we took a wrong turning getting to the ground and ended up in the side street where the away fans’ entrance is located (Priestfield Road). This is a very narrow cul-de-sac with the back of the away (Brian Moore) stand along the top of it. Residents’ cars are parked nose to tail down either side. Very luckily there was a space at the top, which allowed our driver to turn the mini-bus and we were advised by the Stewards that with a Blue Badge we could park there.

    Whilst it was ideal, about two yards from the away fans’ entrance, I would want to warn other visiting disabled fans of the perils of entering Priestfield Road hoping to park there. One is that without that rare space, you would struggle to turn a car let alone a mini-bus, particularly with other cars parked in what is essentially the turning area. What is more our driver later told us that despite the police, when they walked past, confirming that it was ok for the mini-bus to be parked as it was, this was not the view of the resident of the opposite property. When he returned home he shouted and swore angrily, demanding the bus be moved. He was not successful with his demands but it was clearly an unpleasant event which I would not wish other fans to experience.

    Facilities in the Ground for Away Wheelchair Fans

    Viewing Areas

    After entering the away end, you go through a tunnel in the middle of the scaffolding that forms the “temporary” away stand and turn left, where there is room (Gillingham’s web site says) for 6 away wheelchair fans at pitch level with companions sat in the row behind. On this occasion there were 3 wheelchair users and with some careful manoeuvring we managed to make enough room for our companions to sit at the side of us on let-down seats. More than 3 wheelchair users and this would not be possible. Even with companions on the row behind, I doubt there would be room for 6 wheelchair users, unless they all breathed in!

    My husband reported that the let-down seat he had felt quite flimsy. As he is only 11 stone, this is not something he usually reports. Not sure if this was just his seat or whether this reflects the temporary nature of this stand, although it seems this stand has been temporary for some time. The wheelchair spaces are slightly to the left of the goal, with the tunnel in the nearest corner. You need to be vigilant as to the whereabouts of the ball, particularly during warm up when the practice goal is directly in front of you! The score board is relatively small over the adjacent stand but visible. I got a good 3G signal. Whilst at the away end, as there were only around 350 away fans and they fill from the back, we felt a long way from anyone else!

    As mentioned in previous reviews, in common with all away fans at Gillingham, there is no protection from the weather and as we were told, being by the sea, there are frequently showers on days you would not expect there to be, so you always need to visit with good waterproofs, just in case!


    The refreshment counter is immediately on your right as you enter the ground. (There is no lowered counter.) This was one of those rare occasions when we needed to purchase food at the ground. It reminded us why we try to avoid doing so! The burgers we purchased were some of the worst we have ever had. The only good thing about them was the salad on them, of which there was an extraordinary amount! My husband could not recall how much he paid so I can only comment on quality, not value.

    Accessible Toilets

    The accessible toilets are to the right in the corner between the away stand and the adjacent home stand and shared between the home and away fans in the two stands. We found them spotlessly clean. They are accessed through a fairly long wrap around gradual ramp. They are opened with a Radar key supplied by the steward at the bottom of the slope who also offered to help unlock the door. The external door leads into a small area off which there are two toilet cubicles, one with right hand transfer and the other left hand transfer. Not the biggest cubicles but once I had moved the bin I was able to turn ok. Hand soap and hand towels supplied but I was unable to get any hot water out of the tap. For me, getting out of the main door was the most difficult bit, so if you find heavy doors difficult make sure you are not alone in the toilets, particularly as there is no alarm cord.

    Headset Commentaries for Visually Impaired Fans

    Available for both home and away fans regardless of where they are sat in the ground. As advised on Gillingham FC’s website, we emailed David Burgon, the Club’s Disabled Liaison Officer, prior to the match to reserve a headset. The web site explained that due to losing headsets in the past, they required credit/debit card details to cover the cost of the headset should it not be returned. In his reply David explained that if the headset was lost the amount your card would be debited is £228 and you need to collect and return the headset to the Club shop in Redfern Avenue. On arrival, my husband, who is severely visually impaired, was directed by the stewards to go along an entry between the stadium and the first house and walk round the outside of the stadium until he came to the Club Shop. (The headsets are actually at Reception which is straight in front of you as you enter the Club’s Superstore.) My husband reported that the Club official there was very helpful, expecting him and filled in the form for him. He also advised that they were having problems with reception this season and it had been found that it worked better if you kept the receiver on your knee rather than in your pocket. My husband was advised that the shop would be open for return of the headset for 15-20 mins after the match.

    As it was, my husband reported good reception and an excellent commentary, one of the best. The whole game was covered by a single commentator, so there was no chat, he was totally impartial and gave good directional information so you knew exactly which way play was happening. My husband was so impressed, he is emailing the Club to ask that his thanks be passed on to the commentator. At the end of the match my husband was confident that he could retrace his steps to hand back the headset. What he had not been told was the entry he had used was now padlocked and he was advised the route back was literally “all round the houses”. Not knowing the route or the level of crowds he might encounter and not wanting to get lost when the mini-bus would be keen to start the homeward journey, he explained his predicament to a Steward and the financial imperative that the headset is returned which she undertook to do, knowing that we had noted her number. To ensure that we would not be charged £228 we rang the Club Shop first thing Monday morning to confirm they had received the headset.

    Attitude of Club Officials

    As indicated already, all the officials we came across were helpful and friendly. The Fire Marshall deserves special mention, not because we needed his particular specialism (thankfully) but because he was such a character, teasing us in the nicest possible way before the match and stopping to speak to us on his way home when he saw us outside the ground, wishing us a safe journey home. Stewards deserve special mention for happily letting us use the toilets in the ground before it was officially open. We have had experience of stewards elsewhere being reluctant to do this, but it is the one thing you want after a journey!

    After the Match

    With a relatively small away crowd and being parked so close to the exit we had no problem leaving. Traffic was queuing but not excessively so, experienced a lot worse at other grounds. The entries between the stadium and the housing which were locked when we came out of the stadium we noticed were unlocked by the time we came to leave, so if they can be helpful to you, I would think it worth waiting for them to open, as the pavements as referred to in earlier reviews, did appear narrow and uneven.

    Will We go Again?

    Yes, would happily return. Though we would hope for another dry day and I doubt we could pull off parking in Priestfield Road again! I would avoid buying food in the stadium.

  • colin hazelton, who attended vs Colchester United August 3, 2013
    8 years ago

    Being partially-ambulant I arrived on our supporters coach which also stores my mobility scooter. We parked in the coach park about 10-15 minutes from the ground. The route ,whilst not being without some sloped pavements was, nevertheless, not exactly ideal for either my small scooter nor I should think wheelchairs. Other vehicles seemed to park in nearby streets, which whilst closer are no less difficult to negotiate. I will say that I conducted most of my journey from coach park to ground on the road as the pavements were uneven and a bit of and obstacle course.

    The infamous uncovered “temporary” Brian Moore stand is where wheelchair users are located. Luckily enough, in sunny early August that wasn’t a problem , but I’m no sure that I’d fancy it on a rainy day – but of course the same goes for non-disabled supporters as well. But at least we’re not cut off from our fellow visiting supporters.

    Being allocated spaces in the front of the stand , reaching the disabled toilets isn’t a problem as it merely entails a short trip to the other end of the stand and up a winded , low gradient slope. One of the (not unhelpful) stewards will either open the door or give you the key to open it. Inside the WC are two spacious, clean and disabled adapted cubicles.

    The food and drink outlet has no lowered counters should you wish to get served unassisted.

    All in all, whilst not perfect, there are certainly worse grounds for disabled supporters to visit.

  • Mr Barry Carter, who attended Gillingham v Carlisle United
    9 years ago

    We received a warm welcome from the steward on the players entrance door we were shown were we could park no problem parking (we parked on the street advised to us on the Gillingham www site) We were directed to the entrance for away supporters which was a good 2-300 yards up a back lane to me that was a long walk. Once inside the ground we were shown to the disabled seating area it is in the open and we were unlucky that day it rained most of the match and we were soaked to the skin.We were seated right next to the tunnel not to bad a seat. The tea/ coffee facilities were ok as was the toilet facilities.

    BIG PROBLEM We retraced our steps at the end of the match the lane linking us back to our car was locked so that left us with a trek of hundreds and hundreds of yards back to the car my carer asked the head steward why the gates were locked and could he help us he was very helpful and he escorted back past the disabled area and down the tunnel and 50 yards to our car.

    SOLUTION We were sitting next to the tunnel with a steward not 2 yards away right through the match he could have told us to wait after the match when the tunnel was clear and taken us the under 50 yds back to our car.

    Very nice stadium all the Gillingham fans we met were fantastic only that problem with the access to the seats but we had a great day out even with the 700 mile round trip.

  • Allan Mackillop, who attended Gillingham v Heart of Midlothian
    9 years ago

    First of all please note that for this match away fans were admitted to the Gordon Road Stand and not the usual Brian Moore Stand.

    1.Was getting information re ticketing easy and who sold them (home or away club).

    Yes Hearts emailed Gillingham who provided information. However at the game itself the arrangements changed and it was pay at the gate.

    2.Did you pay a “disabled concession” price? If so, how much and what proof did you need? Was the concession different for wheelchair users / ambulant disabled?

    When initial contact was made the ticket for the wheelchair user and the PA was at a concession rate. When we entered the ground at the turnstile the stewards did not ask for any payment. No proof was required and as far as I know concession was the same for wheelchair users and ambulant disabled.

    3.Travel arrangements –

    a.Did the away club provide good information on getting to/from the ground?

    No information provided on getting to/from the ground.

    b.Was Car Parking provided?

    Car Parking was not available only street parking which was only available due to the small crowd.

    4.Were there any problems getting into stadium – ie crowd flows, signage etc

    No access was very good

    5.Facilities inside stadium

    a.Where were the viewing position and could you see the game at all times (please provide us with photographic evidence if possible of any sightline issue (ie somebody standing in front of wheelchair areas)

    Viewing position was pitchside behind the perimeter wall. Every so often a seat in the front row was missing leaving a gap for a wheelchair. People walking back and forward did block the view. Picture of myself watching game is attached.

    b.Could you get to the refreshment facilities? Were there lowered counters? Did staff serve these areas efficiently? What other services were provided eg ordering/collection service?

    No these were not accessible as located at the entrance to the stand. There was no ordering/collection service. My PA was ambulant disabled so to obtain refreshments would have been difficult

    c.How was the disabled toilet provision?

    Apologies this was not checked.

    d.Was there any provision for the ambulatory disabled?

    There did not appear to be any.

    e.Does the club provide facilities for the hard of hearing eg match commentary or induction loop system? What can be done to improve the situation?

    There did not appear to be any facilities or aids for the hard of hearing.

    f.How does the club deal with Guide Dog provision?

    Apologies this was not checked.

    6.Leaving the ground – any problems?

    No problems encountered

    7.Any other comments – Please provide details of any particularly good service or other comments.

    The staff and stewards were very friendly and helpful however the usual issue of poor views for wheelchair users was apparent.

  • Roger Triggs, who attended Home Fan
    9 years ago

    i been a supporter of my local football club Gillingham for over 50 years. three years ago i suffered a stroke which has left me with restricted feeling down the left hand side the only positions in gillingham’s ground for disabled people is at the front of two stands. Unfortunately you get very wet if it rains. Next season i am sitting with my wife in the main stand just in front of the directors box. it is much higher than i’am used to, but is a better view. i checked it out last week and it is only seven steps i find this seating arrangement much easier to use despite having to climb seven steps.

    Why do clubs not allow to sit where you want to? and more important where you feel much more at ease and relaxed