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Morecambe FC
Globe Arena

Capacity: 6,476 (Seating 2,173)
Address:
Christie Way, Westgate, Morecambe LA4 4TB
Main Telephone No: 01524 411 797
Fax No:
01524 832 230
Team Nickname: 
Shrimps
Year Ground Opened: 2010
Pitch Size: 110 x 76 yards

Home Kit Colours: Red and White
Away Kit Colours: Purple With Black Trim
Shirt Sponsors: Carbrini @JD
Kit Manufacturers: FILA
Official Web Sites:
www.morecambefc.com
www.globearena.co.uk

Unofficial Web Sites: 
Official Supporters Club
Shrimps Voices Message Board

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Contents
What's The Globe Arena Like?
Globe Arena (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?

Peter McGuigan Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
The Bay Radio Stand (photo)
How To Get There And Where To Park
Looking Towards The West Terrace
By Train
North Terrace (photo)
Admission Prices
Programme
Local Rivals

Fixtures 2014-2015
Disabled Facilities
Ground Layout
Record & Average Attendance

Other Places Of Interest
Berkerley Guest House
Hotel Accommodation
Globe Arena Location Map



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What's The Globe Arena Like?

After 89 years at Christie Park the Club have moved to a new purpose built stadium. At a cost of around £12m, the Globe Arena (which is named after the company Globe Construction that built the stadium) was opened in 2010. The stadium is dominated by the Peter McGuigan Stand one side. This stand which is named after the current Club Chairman, has a capacity of just under 2,200 seats. This all seated, covered stand, has a box like feel, with a corporate glassed area to the rear. It is though free of supporting pillars and has windshields to either side, essential for a football ground located near the coast.

Opposite is the North Terrace, which is a very small open terrace that is only a few steps high. The terrace is split into two separate parts, with a large gap between them located around the half way line. Behind this gap in the terrace is a service entrance, whilst above is perched a television gantry. Although reminiscent of the Car Wash Terrace at Christie Park, it does detract from the overall look and feel of the stadium. Both ends are covered terraces. The West Terrace is for home supporters and houses 2,234 fans, whilst the East Terrace is substantially smaller and is for the away support. In the North East corner of the stadium, adjacent to the away terrace is a Police Control Box. Also located in this area, attached to a wall beside the Control Box is a small electronic scoreboard.

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Globe Arena


Globe Arena, Morecambe FC 

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?

Away fans are mostly housed in the East Terrace at one end of the ground, where just under 1,400 supporters can be accommodated. In addition the Club also make around 300 seats available in the Peter McGuigan Stand, which is shared with home fans. As you would expect with a new stadium the view of the playing action is good. However the facilities are not that great, more to do with lack of space at the back of the terraced stand, more than anything. They also have separate queues at the refreshment hatch for food and alcohol, which is not great when you want something to eat with your drink and vice versa. However, if you get chance try one of the Club's pies, which are highly acclaimed.

Rob Parker adds; 'I sat with the Rotherham fans in the Peter McGuigan Stand. To gain entrance I had to edge through the tightest turnstile block Iíve ever known, and then proceed down a narrow four-foot wide open alleyway into the stand, passing the entrance to the toilets and the refreshments kiosk, where there was a small scrum of fans around the serving window, which is built into the back of the stand.

One thing of note was the apparent lack of segregation of home and away fans in the Peter McGuigan Stand Ė despite being sat in adjacent blocks there were no barriers, netting, or even any stewards between the two groups, even the facilities below the stand were shared.
The Bay Stand end is large enough for most League Two sides and is happily free of pillars, while the low roof makes it easy to make a decent atmosphere. It is actually raised above pitch level, so you have to walk up some steps to get to it, unlike the slightly larger MBW home end.
The overriding impression of the ground is that itís a modern remake of Christie Park, complete with two covered terraced ends, the larger given to home fans, the open tiny terrace along one side, with the Main Stand dominating the ground. If Morecambe can develop the North Terrace, currently roofless and very open, this will probably be one of the better grounds in the division. Whether they do so remains to be seen'.

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Peter McGuigan Stand


Peter
                    McGuigan Stand, Globe Arena

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Where To Drink?

Just outside the stadium grounds a new Marston's pub called the Hurley Flyer has recently opened. Family friendly and offering food too, it has its own car park which costs £10 before the game, but this can be refunded against a food purchase.  Otherwise the closest bar that admits away supporters is on the Regent Leisure Holiday Park. This is situated just a few minutes walk away from the stadium along Westgate (with the stadium entrance behind you, turn right, cross over to the other side of the road and the Regent Park entrance is down on the left). David Foster a visiting Chesterfield fan adds; 'I had a drink across at the Regent Caravan Park. This was fully accessible, offered a decent pint and food, plus had Sky television on a big screen and generally had a good atmosphere.'  You can also park at Regent at a cost of £3 per vehicle.

Otherwise if you turn left out of the stadium entrance then around a ten minute walk away (located opposite a Lidl supermarket on Westgate) is the William Mitchell pub, which also shows Sky Sports. If driving to the stadium from the direction of Lancaster you will pass a Toby carvery which offers reasonably priced food.

A better bet (as we are at the seaside after all) is to take a 15 minute walk down to the sea front. With the entrance to the stadium behind you turn right and it is then a straight road up to the promenade. On reaching the sea front (where there are some great views across Morecambe Bay) turn right and you will reach a few more bars, including Davy Jones Locker in the basement of the Clarendon Hotel, as well as a cafe, for those feeling peckish. Continuing to walk along the front for about another five minutes you will reach the Ranch House pub. Good real ale on offer, hot pies at reasonable prices, large screen TV showing Sky Sports and an adjoining small amusement arcade to keep the kids happy, then what more would you want?

If arriving by train then you may care to try 
a Wetherspoon outlet in the town centre, called the Eric Bartholomew on Euston Road or on the sea front the Station Promenade pub, which also has a Wacky Warehouse for the young children. Anthony Yellop a visiting AFC Wimbledon supporter adds; 'We stumbled upon the Kings Arms which is located right opposite the Eric Morecambe statue. The upstairs has 4 pool tables, 2 darts boards, 3 massive televisions and a table football game. It did a really nice breakfast and had great staff. It was only a £5 cab ride to the ground, a brilliant base camp for larger groups'.

Near to the old Christie Park is the York Hotel, which was popular with away fans visiting the old ground. It lays on a double decker bus in matchdays to take fans to the new stadium from the hotel. See the York Hotel website for more details. Daniel Pemberton a visiting Lincoln City fan adds; 'I parked at the York Hotel, it was very friendly and did a nice meal. The Hotel lays on a bus (Cost £1) to take you to the ground, however I walked it and only took 10 minutes. Come out the main entrance to the hotel, turn right then immediately right again and follow the road down, you come to a sports and social club "Trimpell" on your left, continue on down past some stables on your right.  The alley way brings you out right by the ground'.

There is also the CAMRA listed Smuggler's Den on Poulton Road, which if you have time on your hands is worth a visit. Otherwise alcohol is served inside the stadium in the form of Carling, Guinness, Caffreys & Strongbow.

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The Bay Radio Stand


Bay
                    Radio Away Terrace, Morecambe

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How To Get There And Where To Park

Exit the M6 at junction 34, then take the A683 towards Lancaster and take the A589 towards Morecambe. Go straight across two roundabouts passing a McDonalds outlet on your left. At the next roundabout (where there is a Toby Carvery) take the first exit into Westgate Road (signposted West Promenade, Sandylands). Continue along this road for about one mile and you will reach the stadium on your right.

Route avoiding Lancaster (may be advisable due to current road and sewer works in Lancaster)

Leave the M6 at junction 35 (signposted Carnforth) and then take the A601(M) towards Carnforth/Morecambe. At the end of this dual carriageway, you will reach a roundabout where you take the first exit onto the A6 continuing towards Carnforth/Morecambe. Continue along the A6 straight through Carnforth town centre. After passing through the village of Bolton-le-Sands, you will reach a set of traffic lights where you turn right onto the A5105 towards Morecambe. This is the coastal road and after passing Morecambe Golf Club, you will find yourself driving along the Morecambe sea front. After passing the Morecambe Superbowl, take the 5th left into Regent Road. The ground is about a mile down this road on the left.

Thanks to Alister Dyson for providing the directions above and who advises; 'Currently the
city of Lancaster itself is undergoing major sewer improvements which has had a massive impact on traffic flow into the city centre and led to major delays. I would suggest instead coming off the M6 motorway at Junction 35 to avoid this. Secondly, there is also a new 8 mile by-pass being constructed en route into and out of Lancaster and Morecambe. This is a project due to be completed in 2016, and as such will add significant time onto journeys so all visitors need to be aware of this, so best to add some additional time for your journey'.

Car Parking

Parking at the stadium is for permit holders only so it is a case of finding street parking. If you continue along Westgate passing the stadium on your right, then on the other side of the railway bridge there is plenty of street parking to be had in the side roads on either side.

Map showing the location of the Globe Arena, Morecambe (at the bottom of this page).

Post Code for Sat Nav: LA3 3DF (This takes you to the nearby Regent Holiday Park).

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Looking Towards The West Terrace


West
                    Terrace, Globe Arena, Morecambe FC

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By Train

Morecambe railway station is around a 25-30 minute walk away from the ground. As you come out of the railway station turn left down Central Drive past Frankie and Benny's, a Morrisons superstore and a KFC outlet and you will reach the sea front. Turn left along the promenade passing the Ranch House pub on your left and then take the 5th left into Regent Road. Proceed straight up Regent Road and continue along into Westgate. You will reach the stadium on your left hand side, just over the railway bridge. Morecambe is served by trains from Lancaster.

David Foster adds; 'From near Morecambe train station you can get a bus number 6 or 6A, from the bus stop located opposite Frankie & Benny's or from the nearby Bus Station. This drops you right outside the stadium and takes about ten minutes. Coming back there is a bus stop outside the ground, the bus then goes into town along the sea front and then onto the railway station.' A timetable for 6/6A can be viewed on the Stagecoach website (PDF file).
 
Paul Legon adds; 'It also possible to catch a bus from Lancaster to the stadium. Lancaster Bus Station is around a seven minute walk away from Lancaster Railway Station. You can either get the 6A (hourly service) straight to the ground or a number 12 to the Battery on Morecambe promenade. Ask the driver to be dropped off at the end of Regent Road on the Promenade and then this is a ten minute walk away from the Globe Arena. To get back to Lancaster after the game, it is best to retrace your steps to the promenade and catch bus number 12. The 12 starts at the Battery so you must turn left at the promenade. The 6A does go to Lancaster from outside the ground but only hourly. To return to Morecambe Station you can get a 6 or 6A in the opposite direction (i.e. crossing the road) but trains from Morecambe to Lancaster are never more than hourly at match times and most terminate at Lancaster so you have to change there to get any further.'

Remember if travelling by train then you can save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can normally save. Click on the trainline logo below:

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North Terrace


North Terrace, Globe
                    Arena, Morecambe

Admission Prices

Home Fans:
Peter McGuigan Main Stand (Centre Premium*): Adults £26, No Concessions
Peter McGuigan
Main Stand (Centre): Adults £24, Concessions £20, Under 19's £11
Peter McGuigan
Main Stand (Wings): Adults £21, Concessions £17, Under 19's £8
Peter McGuigan Main Stand (Family Area): Adults £21, Concessions £17, Under 18's £6, Under 14's Free**
West Terrace: Adults £17, Concessions £14,
Under 18's £5, Under 14's Free**
North Terrace: Adults £16, Concessions £13, Under 18's £5, Under 14's Free**

Away Fans:
Main Stand
:
Adults £21, Concessions £17, Under 19's £6
East Terrace:
Adults £17, Concessions £14, Under 18's £5, Under 14's Free**

Concessions apply to Over 65's and Students (in full time education, proof of student status must be produced).

* Premium seats allow you access to a lounge with bar facilities.

** When accompanied by a paying adult.

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Programme
Official Programme £3

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Local Rivals
Lancaster, Southport & Accrington Stanley.

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Fixtures 2014-2015
Morecambe FC fixture list (Takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

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Ground Layout


Globe Arena Layout

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Record & Average Attendance
Record Attendance:
5,003 v Burnley
League Cup 2nd Round, August 24th, 2010

At Christie Park
9,234 v Weymouth
FA Cup 3rd Round, 1962.

Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 1,939 (League Two)
2012-2013: 1,954 (League Two)
2012-2011: 2,144 (League Two)

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Disabled Facilities
For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field
website.

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Fans Reviews Of The Globe Arena
Steve Ellis (Exeter City) 26/11/14
Jamie Smith (Fleetwood Town) 26/12/13
John Spooner (Southend United) 20/10/12
Max Springer (Swindon Town) 6/4/12
Shaun Conway (Macclesfield Town) 14/2/12
Dan Brennan (Sheffield Wednesday) 23/11/11
Adam Long (Nothampton Town) 7/5/11
Neil Oakshott (Burton Albion) 9/4/11
Martyn Stimson (Doing the 92) 5/2/11
Ryan Dunning (Rotherham United) 14/8/10

Other Places Of Interest
Along the sea front near to the clock tower is a statue of comedian Eric Morecambe, who came from the town.

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Berkeley Guest House
The Berkeley Guest House welcomes travelling football fans to Morecambe FC. Situated on the promenade, it is only a five minute walk away from the Globe Arena. In fact in terms of distance it is the closest Guest House to the stadium.

Fans can claim a 10% discount off our normal room tariff, if  booking over the telephone by calling 01524 418201. This discount is not available if the booking is made online.

Enjoying fine views across Morecambe Bay, this Guest House is well recommended by previous guests on
trip advisor. Visit the Berkeley Guest House website for more information.
We look forward to welcoming you soon!



Berkerley Guest House
                    Morecambe

Hotel Accommodation
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Map showing the location of the Globe Arena, railway station and listed pubs



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Last Updated: 16 October 2014