Homepage for all Gills-supporting families
Gillingham FC welcomes families of all ages to the Medway Priestfield Stadium, the home of the EFL in Kent.
As a club, we were thrilled to receive the Football League's Family Excellence Award for the 2015/16 season, and we're confident that we can continue to make the matchday experience for our supporters as enjoyable during the 2018/19 campaign and beyond.
Fans can use this page, our new Family Hub, to help them plan their visit to the Gills.
Full guide to what happens before a game at the Medway Priestfield Stadium
Matchdays at the Medway Priestfield Stadium are far more than the 90 minutes of football played on the pitch.
There’s always plenty going on, so plan your visit with this helpful timetable. Times are for a typical 3pm kick-off, and are subject to change.
9am - Ticket Office and Megastore open
If you haven’t already purchased your ticket in advance by going online at www.gillsshop.co.uk or booking via our customer service centre on (01634) 300000, beat the matchday queues by getting to the ticket office nice and early. Also, if you want the latest replica shirt to wear to the game, or are keen to get a copy of the club’s matchday programme, the megastore will be open and ready for your visit.
11am - Factory opens
Gillingham FC’s Factory bar and restaurant is already a huge hit with families despite in only opening in winter 2016. Join us for our hot breakfast and lunch options, enjoy our wide range of drinks for fans of all ages, and watch the 12.45pm Premier League or EFL fixture on our numerous big HD TV screens. Arrive early to guarantee entry – and to get the comfiest seat!
12.30-1pm - The players arrive
On the autograph hunt? The Gills players will arrive at the stadium before 1pm, entering through their special entrance in the corner of the Medway Stand (opposite end to Factory) – catch them while you can for your chance to meet your heroes!
1.30pm – Turnstiles open
Get your first glimpse of the Medway Priestfield Stadium from 1.30pm, when our turnstiles into the stadium are opened. Inside the ground you’ll also find plenty of food and drink options, and you may even get to see our club mascot Tommy Trewblu! We’d love to see your matchday selfies – send them into us on Twitter via @TheGillsFC.
2.15pm – Warm-up time
The players start their physical preparations for the forthcoming match around 2.15pm with a 30-minute warm-up. Normally the goalkeepers are first out, so you’ll get to see them practice their kicking and catching. The rest of the team finish their warm-up taking shots in-front of the Rainham End – it’s the perfect place to pick up tips on how to score those amazing goals when you play against your mates!
2.20pm – Team-sheet announcement
Listen out to see if your favourite player is named in the Gills’ starting line-up from 2.20pm, as our PA announcer Doug Hudson runs through the team sheet.
2.55pm – Teams come out
Give the players your biggest cheer as they enter the Priestfield Stadium pitch. Led-out by the club captain, the players will be accompanied by our matchday mascots
3.00pm - Kick-off
The moment you've been waiting for all day: the start of the match. Get behind the team and add to the fantastic atmosphere inside the stadium by learning our many Gills songs!
4.50pm – Full-time
Hopefully you’ll be celebrating a great result, but make sure you clap the Gills players off the pitch after the game regardless of the result. The Factory will be open again after the match, and will have a dinner menu available.
FIRST TIME FAN GUIDE
A guide to your Priestfield Stadium visit.
Before you visit Priestfield we want to give you an insight into your forthcoming match day experience with us.
Whether you’re visiting the town for the first time or if this is your first match, our guide will help you make the most of your time at Gillingham FC.
We're currently updating our First-Time Fan Guide in preparation for the 2018/19 season.
If you need a place to park your car, would like food & drink before the match or the details on the easiest route to the stadium via public transport, all the information is here.
Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee the score but we aim to ensure you, your friends and family have a great day at the Medway Priestfield Stadium.
Take a look through this guide and if there is anything else you need to know all our contact details are at the back of this guide.
FOOD AND DRINK
Prices for refreshments at the Medway Priestfield Stadium.
The Medway Priestfield Stadium offers some of the best food and drink outlets in the entire EFL.
Having undergone significant refurbishment in the summer of 2015, the Rainham End offers* a range of Italian, Chinese, English food stands, while the Medway Stand's refreshment stalls serve every football fan's favourites!
We are proud to serve fresh, flavoursome food, and hope supporters enjoy what's on offer!
Hot Dog - £3.50
Burger/cheeseburger - £3.80
Flavoured pies - £3.80
Pie and mash - £5.00
Chips - £2.00
Sausage roll - £3.00
Crisps - £1.50
Large sweet bags - £3.00
Chocolate bars - £1.00
Bottle of drink - £2.00
Capri-Sun - £1.50
Fruit Shoot - £1.50
*Accessible for fans in the Rainham End and Gordon Road Stand only.