What you can expect on matchdays at Priestfield
Gillingham FC welcomes families of all ages to MEMS Priestfield Stadium, the home of EFL Football 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 2022/23 campaign.
Fans can use this page to help them plan their visit to the Gills. Please note that this page is currently under review so timings and activities are subject to change.
Our Fan Guide, which is being adapted for the new season, can be downloaded here.
Full guide to what happens before a game at Priestfield.
Matchdays at MEMS 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 open
If you haven’t already purchased your ticket in advance by going online at https://tickets.gillinghamfootballclub.com/content or booking via our customer service centre on (01634) 300000, beat the matchday queues by getting to the ticket office nice and early.
11am - Factory opens
Gillingham FC’s Factory bar and restaurant is already a huge hit with families despite in only opening in winter 2016. It has recently been refursbished and rebranded.
Join us for the early kick-off in the Premier League or Championship on one of our dedicated tables.
Food options are currently being looked at and should be on offer soon.
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 MEMS 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 mascots, Tommy and Tammy! 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 – Teamsheet 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 MEMS 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.
THE ABOVE GUIDE IS CURRENTLY BEING UPDATED
Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee the score but we aim to ensure you, your friends and family have a great day at the home of Football in Kent.
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 MEMS Priestfield Stadium.
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.