Gillingham’s new owner Brad Galinson is considering construction work at Priestfield stadium to redevelop the away end.
The Brian Moore Stand could be renovated this summer in plans to revamp the stadium. Half of the uncovered Town End at Priestfield Stadium is currently closed off due to damaged flooring after years of exposure to the elements.
The away end is notorious with away fans as it is uncovered, meaning that fans are exposed to the weather throughout matches. It is an unpopular place to visit and the new owner wants to change things.
The scaffold stand appeared when the original Town End terrace was demolished prior to the 2003/04 season – in line with all-seater regulations. The club planned to build a £1.5 million 3,200-seater covered stand, but funding issues meant a temporary stand was erected instead. It has remained in place ever since.
New owner Brad Galinson has a long list of improvements he would like to make to the club, but their main focus is to retain league 2 status. The club are currently bottom of the league and facing relegation – although they are only 3 points from safety.
Mr Galinson admitted “I think in the short-term Priestfield needs a bit of TLC. As the team gets more success, a promotion or two, it is quite viable and something we want to look at and it is good problem to have that we would probably want to upgrade to a new stadium, but in the community though”.
Although their ambitions are quite big, the club have previously had plans of moving from Priestfield Stadium. The club have looked at Mill Hill – an area of land across the road from Gillingham’s Beechings Way training ground. There has also been conversations about potentially building a new stadium at Temple Marsh in Cuxton, Chatham Docks and they even considered uprooting to Gravesham.