Globe Arena

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Last Updated: August 12, 2015

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Globe Arena Main Stand Exterior

Stadium Overview

Team: Morecambe

Address: Christie Way, Westgate, Morecambe, Lancashire, LA4 4TB

Capacity: 6,476

Opened: 2010

Globe Arena is a purpose built football stadium located in the Lancashire town of Morecambe towards the north of England. Opened in August 2010, the 6,476 capacity ground is named after the company which constructed it, and it replaced Morecambe F.C’s former ground, Christie Park.

Stadium Guide

History

The Globe Arena opened in August 2010 just in time for the new footballing season, replacing Morecambe’s former home of Christie Park which were a set of outdated facilities having first opened in 1921.

Work officially started at the site on May 9th 2009 with the first step being to clear the area of trees and debris, with the steel structure of the Main Stand (featured in the cover image) assembled in place a few months after in September.

Planning for the new ground located just off of Westgate started back in July 2007 and was initially scheduled to be completed in time for the 2009 – 2010 season but delays meant that the project had to be put back by 1 year, with the former site of Christie Park becoming a Sainsbury’s Supermarket in the process.

The design and layout of the stands was meant to mimic and give a similar feel to the previous stadium with the club opting to retain one main seating stand and three terraces of various sizes.

The inaugural friendly was held against Bolton Wanderers on the 28th July 2010, with the first competitive fixture held against Coventry City in the League Cup a month later in August.

Seating Plan

Below is a seating plan of Morecambe’s Globe Arena Stadium:
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Stands

Morecambe’s Globe Arena consists of four stands: The Open Terrace (North), The Bay Radio Stand (East) which is also a terrace but for away fans, The Peter McGuigan Stand (South) which is the main stand and The Omega Holidays Stand (West) which is where the most vocal Shrimps congregate.

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Click the thumbnails above to enlarge an image of each stand and to read a more detailed description of each part of the stadium.

The Matchday Experience

Away Fans

Away fans may find visiting The Globe Arena a strange experience if they sit in the Peter McGuigan stand as it is shared with home fans and there is next to no physical barriers or stewards separating the fans. Of course in this day and age this is how it should be but the atmosphere at times can be slightly strange with the traditional element of physical tribalism removed.

Still, views within the ground are good and what you’d expect from a newly built stadium, with the most notable improvements from Christie Park being the lack of support beams and unobstructed views.

Visiting supporters have two choices of where to watch the game from when they visit Morecambe’s Globe. The total allocation of around 1,400 tickets is divided roughly into 300 seats and 1,100 terrace places.

Peter McGuigan Stand A and B (Seating)

  • Adult: £21.00
  • Concession: £17.00
  • Junior (14-18): £6.00
  • Child (5-13): Free

The Bay Radio East Terrace

  • Adult: £17.00
  • Concession: £14.00
  • Junior (14-18): £5.00
  • Child (5-13): Free

Best Pubs

For those arriving by train the Wetherspoons in the town centre on Euston Road called The Eric Bartholomew may be the first port of all, with the second being on the sea front itself known as the Station Promenade Pub which is family friendly complete with indoor “jungle gym”.

Just outside the stadium itself there is The Hurley Flyer which is a Marston’s Pub complete with matchday parking at a cost of £10.00 although this can be partially reclaimed with the purchase of food. Some fans also recommend the bar at Westgate Caravan Park as despite sounding slightly dodgy, is more than up to scratch.

Food

There really isn’t an abundance of choice both around and inside the stadium itself with a strong congregation of restaurants located just north of the stadium including a KFC, Tesco Metro, Subway and Frankie & Bennys in addition to numerous independent places which do Italian and Indian cuisine.

Club Shop

The Shrimps have a club shop at Globe Arena in addition to their own official online site.The opening times for the store at the ground are as follows:

  • Monday, Tuesday Wednesday and Sunday: Closed
  • Tuesday Evening Game: 5.00 pm – 7.45 pm and for 30 minutes after the full time whistle.
  • Thursday: 1.00 pm – 6.00 pm
  • Friday: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm
  • Saturday: 9.00 am – 1.00 pm and then 1.30 pm – 4.40 pm
  • Saturday Afternoon Game: 9.00 am – 3.00 pm and 4.45 pm – 5.30 pm
The exterior of the club shop located within The Peter McGuigan Stand to the right of reception.

The exterior of the club shop located within The Peter McGuigan Stand to the right of reception. What a horrible picture.

Convoluted, huh? To clarify these times and to check availability of stock feel free to phone the store on 01524 411797 or send an email to shop@morecambefc.com.

Stadium Tours

It doesn’t appear as if Morecambe FC currently offer fans the chance to undertake a stadium tour of Globe Arena. If this changes we’ll be sure to update this section.

Ticket Prices

Tickets to see The Shrimps can be purchased via the usual methods such as telephone (01524 411797), email (office@morecambefc.com), in person at the Globe Arena club shop and on the internet by visiting Morecambe’s e-ticketing site.

North Terrace

  • Adult: £16.00
  • Concession: £13.00
  • Junior (14-18): £5.00
  • Child (5-13): Free

Omega Stand

  • Adult: £17.00
  • Concession: £14.00
  • Junior (14-18): £5.00
  • Child (5-13): Free

PMG Family E

  • Adult: £21.00
  • Concession: £17.00
  • Junior (14-18): £6.00
  • Child (5-13): Free

PMG D

  • Adult: £21.00
  • Concession: £17.00
  • Junior (14-18): £8.00
  • Child (5-13): £8.00

PMG C

  • Adult: £24.00
  • Concession: £20.00
  • Junior (14-18): £11.00
  • Child (5-13): £11.00

PMG C Premier

  • Adult: £26.00
  • Concession: £26.00
  • Junior (14-18): £26.00
  • Child (5-13): £26.00

Concessions apply to seniors over 65 years old, for those who are registered disabled (with carer) and those in full time education. Family tickets for 2 adults and 2 children or for just 1 adult are available for all stands.

Matchday Travel

Globe Arena is located 0.7 miles inland from Morecambe Bay, approximately 1 mile from the Lancashire based town’s historic centre.

The unmistakable stand which will greet you when you turn off of Westgate.

The unmistakable stand which will greet you when you turn off of Westgate.

Train

Morecambe railway station is exactly 1 mile away from Globe Arena, with the resulting journey likely to take around 20 minutes or so by foot.

Walking Instructions:

  1. Follow the bicycle/walking signs and exit the station at the end of the railway line.
  2. Continue until you reach the larger West End Road.
  3. Cross the road and take the first left down Acre Moss Lane and follow this for its duration until it becomes Buckingham Road.
  4. Take the second or third exit left onto Westgate.
  5. Follow this road over the bridge and the Globe Arena will appear on your left hand side.

Bus

For Saturday kick-offs a service runs from Morecambe Bus Station on the hour and at 15 minute intervals to the ground with an approximate journey time of just under 20 minutes. The departing bus stop is located outside the railway station, and is pretty easy to catch.

These are known as the 6 and 6A bus services, and they travel through both the town and Westgate Road where the Globe Arena is located.

Full timetable of buses and routes are available to view at Stage Coach Northampton.

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Morecambe fans appearing to celebrate a goal.

Driving

Globe Arena’s address for satnav is as follows:

  • Christie Way, Westgate, Morecambe LA4 4TB.

Car Parks

Whilst there is a car park outside Globe Arena it’s spaces are reserved for use of the players, staff, guests and the visiting team with Stewards instructed to turn any car around without a valid ticket with no parking permits ever sold on the day of the match.

Instead, the club recommend that visitors use Westgate Primary School which is on Langridge Way less than 450 yards from Morecambe’s stadium with 260 spaces available.

Whilst money does not go to the club, the school is a very good cause and it ensures that local roads don’t descent into chaos on matchdays.

Hotels

When looking for a hotel in Morecambe you will find that the majority of them are located near the coast with The Clifton and Glenthorn hotels two examples. There is also a Travelodge fairly close to the train station which might sit some.


By Football Tripper

Last Updated: August 12, 2015

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