Morecambe

Globe Arena

Capacity: 6,476 (Seating 2,173)
Address: Christie Way, Morecambe LA4 4TB
Telephone: 01524 411 797
Fax: 01524 832 230
Pitch Size: 110 x 76 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: Shrimps
Year Ground Opened: 2010
Undersoil Heating: No
Shirt Sponsors: BizLoans4U
Kit Manufacturer: Macron
Home Kit: Red and Black
Away Kit: Grey with Pink Trim

Main Entrance
Main Entrance
Peter McGuigan Stand
Peter McGuigan Stand
Looking Towards The West Terrace
Looking Towards The West Terrace
North & Bay Radio Terraces
North & Bay Radio Terraces
West Terrace
West Terrace
Bay Radio Stand
Bay Radio Stand
Peter McGuigan Stand & Bay Radio Terrace
Peter McGuigan Stand & Bay Radio Terrace
External View Of Away End
External View Of Away End

Globe Arena Sign Above Players TunnelAfter 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 on 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 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 halfway 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.

Away fans are mostly housed in the Bay Radio 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 then try one of the Club's pies (£3.50), which are highly acclaimed and have won a number of awards. They also serve hot dogs which cost £2.

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 I’ve 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 – 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 Radio 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 home end. The overriding impression of the ground is that it’s 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.'

Hurley Flyer Pub SignJust outside the stadium entrance is a relatively new Marston's pub called the Hurley Flyer. 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 the Caravan Park 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 seafront. With the entrance to the stadium behind you turn right and it is then a straight road up to the promenade. On reaching the seafront (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. 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 alleyway brings you out right by the ground'.

Otherwise, alcohol is served inside the stadium in the form of 500ml plastic bottles of Carlsberg Lager, Tetley's Bitter and Strongbow Cider (all £3.20).

At long last the Lancaster Bypass is now open, so getting stuck in traffic going through Lancaster City Centre is a thing of the past.

Exit the M6 at junction 34 and follow the signs for Morecambe. After around five miles you will reach a crossroads (with a McDonalds over on the right) where you turn right onto the Morecambe Road. You will then reach a roundabout, (where there is a Toby Carvery) where you 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.

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.

Post Code for Sat Nav: LA4 4TB

Morecambe Railway Station is around a 25-30 minute walk away from the Globe Arena. 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 2X 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 2X. The 2X 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.'

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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.

Official Programme £3

Morecambe FC fixture list (Takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

Lancaster, Southport & Accrington Stanley.

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Record Attendance

5,003 v Burnley
League Cup 2nd Round, 24th August 2010

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

Average Attendance

2017-2018: 1,492 (League Two)
2016-2017: 1,704 (League Two)
2015-2016: 1,572 (League Two)

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Morecambe v Macclesfield Town
League 2
Saturday 22nd September 2018, 3pm
Thomas Inglis (Visiting Dundee United fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Globe Arena?
 
I had previously been to see Morecambe at their old Christie Park ground, some ten years ago. This was a chance to visit the new stadium and this would be my 81st different English League stadium visited.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
My wife and I had driven down from Dundee to Morecambe for the weekend, staying at a hotel on the promenade. Approximately a 250-mile journey with no issues. I just walked to the ground down a straight road from the promenade taking about 25 minutes.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We had eaten lunch in Sam's Café before looking around the town centre shops. I then left wife to look around the market and I headed to the ground. I picked up a ticket, took a picture outside the stadium. I then had pint in the bar in the stadium (JM's Bar, I think ?). I chatted to a few home fans, who were hoping that their team in 90th place in the leagues could beat the team in 91st place (an interesting way to look at things).
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Globe Arena?
 
The large stand that runs the length of the pitch looks great, this houses the bar, offices etc. Opposite is a terrace of only a few steps and a wall behind. I was with home fans behind the goal in 'The Omega Stand' - a covered standing area. A similar smaller stand behind the other goal housed the Macclesfield fans. I thought it was a decent ground.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
There was a good atmosphere in the Omega Stand with a few drummers and a trumpet and most of the singing home fans. No issues with the facilities or stewards (1622 crowd). It was a decent game, for 2 teams near the bottom of the league. A few chances for both teams in the first half, the turning point though was the sending off of Rose for Macclesfield about 5 minutes from half time. Also a Macclesfield player was stretchered off earlier in the half resulting in nine minutes injury time. Morecambe took the lead around the hour mark with Leitch-Smith netting a cute front post flick. Macclesfield briefly rallied to equalise with a great shot from just inside the box by Whittaker about 70 minutes. Around 5 minutes later Morecambe got back in front with a good breakaway goal, Fleming racing clear to slot past the keeper. Morecambe managed the game to the end comfortably for the win to lift them to the lofty position of 89th and consign Macclesfield to the bottom.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
No problems retracing my steps back to my hotel.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A pretty decent game, a few drinks and meals also over an enjoyable weekend by the seaside.

Morecambe v Exeter City
League Two
Saturday, 11th August 2018, 3pm
Paul Willott (Neutral)

Whilst fortnighting in the Lake District with the family, and my beloved Preston North End far away in the depths of South Wales, a footy fix was needed and thus the fixture list was scoured to see what was practical and tempting. The stand-out winner was a trip to the Globe Arena, as it was within an hour’s drive, and more importantly, a ground I hadn’t yet visited. I had watched Morecambe play Bury at Christie Park one evening, so it was an encouraging thought to perhaps be able to once again ‘tick’ Morecambe off as having been visited.

Therefore, shortly after midday, the boys and myself left the missus and daughter to do girly things whilst we motored from our holiday cottage in Bowness-on-Windermere in gorgeous sunshine towards the M6.  As the guide says, the relatively new Lancaster bypass makes the journey immeasurably easier, and I don’t think the journey took more than 45 minutes in total. 

Being a good 90 minutes before kick-off, we were able to pick some very handy on-street parking in Langridge Way. We did notice match day parking being offered at Westgate Primary School with the proceeds (allegedly) going towards the education of the children, although it didn’t specify the cost.

We ambled the short distance to the ground, with the Peter McGuigan Stand dominating the walk up Christie Way and looking quite tidy for League 2 standards, modern and clean and flanked by two equally modern floodlight pylons. 

External View

Globe Arena External View

Situated in this stand, to the left as you approach, is the ticket office whereby I attempted to poach tickets for the home terrace behind the goal from the cheerful gent manning the window.  This was the point at which the fun and games started, as when we then attempted to gain entry to the ground, the stewards pointed out that our tickets were in fact for the uncovered ‘North Terrace’, or as one of them also bluntly called it, ‘The Berlin Wall’. This was, however, after the automated turnstiles had actually allowed us in, so the stewards had to let us back out to try and get them exchanged at the ticket office. The cheery gent happily obliged us with a fresh set of tickets………..for the away supporters end…………so once again we walked back to Mr Cheery and it was a case of third time lucky for we finally had tickets for the home terrace behind the goal.

North Terrace

North Terrace

Once inside, the ground does give a slightly imbalanced feel, as the Peter McGuigan Stand that dominates the approach to the ground from the outside, is by some margin the biggest stand. It has quite interesting and novel looking VIP boxes situated in the middle. Both of the covered terraces behind the goals are of a modest size, whilst opposite the Peter McGuigan stand is the North Stand/Berlin Wall.  As this guide says, it is reminiscent of the little Car Wash terrace at Christie Park, very small terracing split half way down the middle, a stark contrast to the edifice opposite. However, as I contemplated the North Terrace, it’s rather austere wall of chunky breeze blocks to its rear helped me understand why it has been nicknamed ‘The Berlin Wall’ by some. Quite a few of the home support settled down in front of said wall to soak up the sunshine in the build up to kick-off, but I would suspect it would be a bleak spot from which to spectate on a bleak cold mid-winters day with driving rain hammering in over the West Lancashire coast off the Irish Sea.

Peter McGuigan Stand

Main Stand

Perched on top of “The Berlin Wall” in the form of a very exposed scaffold is the TV gantry; likewise one must be prepared with some serious thermal clothing to be up there in less clement weather. Interestingly enough, my visit to Christie Park was on such a night complete with near horizontal rain, and the contrast wasn’t lost upon me as the little ground basked in the summer sun. As an aside, I also noted that it was the first time I had ever (knowingly) watched a game from the viewpoint of being 92nd in the football league; the Shrimpers having been hammered 6-0 by Crewe Alexandra in their first game of the season.

The matchday programme is not bad value at 66 pages for £3 with some interesting articles on players past and present, which I fully enjoyed. Of particular note was a topical article on the continued production of said programmes as the obligation on league clubs to produce programmes had been removed over the summer.  Older fans such as myself align ourselves very much with the programme producer in hoping that they continue at all clubs.

Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight Over Morecambe FCAn unexpected bonus was the appearance of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flying over the ground a few times; the boys being avid Air Cadets this really was a pleasing sight for them!  It’s not every day you get to see ( and hear ) an AVRO Lancaster bomber flanked by a Spitfire and a Hurricane!

The overall feel of the ground is very much in keeping with the stature of the club as being one of the smaller clubs in league 2 , perhaps best represented with the sum total of cheerleaders ( or Shrimpettes ) that could be rustled up being two and a half !

As kick-off commenced, it became apparent that the Exeter City fans were all being sat in one section of the Peter Mcguigan stand, with the designated away terrace being used purely for them to string up their quite impressive collection of banners. With a little degree of sadness, I also noted that as the teams came out, there was no “Bring me sunshine!” by Eric Morecambe that I recalled from Christie Park

The game commenced with a rather flatter atmosphere that I may have expected, although it is entirely possible that the previous Saturday’s drubbing may have had some effect on the home faithful’s level of expectation. The visitors from Devon were however in fine voice, seeming almost as bright as their teams radioactive (almost!) green away strip !

Although the Shrimpers carved out a few good chances that they failed to capitalise on, the most glaring miss coming from their veteran Kevin Ellison, Exeter City seemed the better side with attacks down their right flank really causing problems for Jordan Cranston in the Morecambe defence. However, just when the game seemed destined to reach the interval at a stalemate, Cranston was wrongsided by ex Preston North Ender Lee Holmes and left it too late to make his challenge that was mistimed, and there could be little complaint about the decision to award a penalty kick, which was duly converted by Pierce Sweeney.

Great Show Of Flags From The Exeter Fans

Exeter City fans flags at Morecambe FC

Half-Time’s most notable incident was the apology from the public address announcer that he had omitted to play the classic Eric Morecambe tune prior to kick-off and a pledge to make amends shortly which he duly fulfilled 

The second 45 started off pretty much as the first half, with Exeter looking the stronger although their Jayden Stockley’s antics at seemingly diving started to irk the home supporters. Oh so typically it was then that when, following a period of sustained pressure, that it was the same Jayden Stockley who pounced to double the Devonians advantage. 

For a little while after the second goal the game seemed to go very flat, until the introductions of Messrs Leitch-Smith and Oates for the Shrimpers seemed to perk things up a bit both on the pitch and the atmosphere on the terrace. Towards the end of the match, it was the Shrimpers who finally started to pepper the opposition goal with dangerous looking shots , but it was sadly too little too late. The final whistle blew, and no-one could argue that Exeter City were not worthy of the three points.

The crowd of 1,654, relatively small even by league 2 standards,  and having picked prime parking facing the right direction and being the right side of the ground meant that we were on the Lancaster by-pass in next to no time at all whizzing towards the M6 and our Lake District retreat in good time for dinner!r !

We had certainly enjoyed the day, and on a personal level for myself and the eldest ( who seems to have acquired the ground-hopper bug) it is always satisfying to have chalked off another ground on the “to do” list.  The ground itself is more than adequate for League 2, and has a pleasingly distinctive feel to it, something that modern grounds often lack.

However, I couldn’t help but feel a certain degree of concern for Morecambe. Much as it is early doors, a record of played 2, lost 2, scored 0, conceded 8 must be of concern, especially on the back of the club’s struggles to maintain its league status the previous season.  Scoring goals and converting chances is going to be the key area to focus on for the club on the training ground in the days and weeks to come.

Plus Points for the Globe Arena

1. Tidy Compact ground with individual flavour
2. Very friendly and helpful stewards
3. Good matchday programme, 8.5 out of 10 I’d say

Minus Points for the Globe Arena

1. Public Address system is often very woolly and difficult to hear
2. No sign of Christie the Cat, the club mascot !!!

Morecambe v Exeter City
League 2
Saturday 17th March 2018, 3pm
Hugh James (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Globe Arena?
 
I visited Morecambe with two friends as part of our day out, including watching a football match, which we do every few months. We decided that we would visit a seaside team and chose Morecambe because everybody else seems to go to Blackpool.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
We travelled by train which was very easy from Stafford to Crewe and changed there to go to Lancaster, where we then boarded the local rattler to Morecambe. On arrival at Morecambe Station, we waited outside at a taxi rank but no cabs showed up. So we googled a local taxi firm who we called, who then took us to the ground.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We wandered along the promenade, ate and had a few drinks in the Kings Arms then one in the Eric Bartholemew. The fans and stewards were very friendly.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Globe Arena?
 
The Globe Arena is very modern and neat, good views from the home terracing behind the goal. The away terraced end was closed on this occasion.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
It was not a bad game, Exeter City took the lead but Morecambe fought back to win the game 2-1. Great pies and beer at half time. Very helpful and friendly stewards. Some home fans tried to make a noisy atmosphere.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Getting away from the ground was easy went to the Hurley Flyer pub, had a pint and ordered back to the Kings Arms.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A very very cold but thoroughly enjoyable day out. We were well treated by Morecambe FC, I hope they stay up.

Morecambe v Mansfield Town
Football League Two
Saturday 25th March 2017, 3pm
Jack Richardson (Mansfield Town fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Globe Arena?

The Globe Arena is the only ground in League Two that I haven't visited. So in my quest to 'do the 92' I had to tick it off the list. Mansfield are having an exceptional second half of the season under Steve Evans so I was attending hoping to see our charge to the play offs continue.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We left Mansfield around 9.30am and arrived into Morecambe shortly after 12pm. We parked at the ground as we had been gifted a Directors parking space for the day. The Hurley Flyer pub which is located just outside the stadium, were offering parking at £10 per car however there didn't seem to be anybody taking the money! 

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We went into the Hurley Flyer pub which is located a stones throw from the away turnstiles, a family friendly pub offering a wide variety of beers/ales & ciders. Didn't seem many home supporters around and the pub wasn't very busy considering its location!

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Globe Arena?

The Globe Arena is smart and reminds me of their former home, as it has a smiler layout with two terraced stands behind either goal, a Main Stand running the length of the pitch and a small open terrace on the opposite side. The away section in the Main Stand offered a large concourse area with SKY TV and good views of the pitch (avoid the back few rows as the directors boxes do restrict your view).

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game burst into life and it was 1-1 after seven minutes, Danny Rose opened the scoring for Mansfield before Paul Mullin leveled for Morecambe. Half time arrived and Mansfield were 3-1 up and it stayed that way until the end. A fantastic three points for Mansfield on our charge for the play offs and the 327 Mansfield fans went home happy. Stewards very friendly and low key, atmosphere from the home fans wasn't bad considering how poor their team played.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

With only 1,400 in attendance getting away from the ground was pretty easy, we arrived back into Mansfield shortly before 7.30pm.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A good day out made even better by three points to go home with. This was my 81st ground out of the current 92 and would happily return to the Globe Arena.

Morecambe v Grimsby Town
Football League Two
Saturday 25th February 2017, 3pm
Kevin Dixon (Grimsby Town fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Globe Arena?

The Globe Arena in Morecambe was another new ground for me, and a not too distant trip.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

A steady drive via M180, M18 and M62, but then unfortunately the M61 was blocked by an accident. So I had to continue round the M60/M62 and then onto the M6. Once past Lancaster on the new bypass, the ground is well signposted as you enter the outskirts of Morecambe. I drove past the Globe Arena, over the bridge, and parked in the first side street on the left, just a five minute stroll back to the ground.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Went for a pint in the Hurley Flyer right next to the Globe Arena. There were plenty of fans of both sides in there. It had a reasonable selection of real ales and the service was not bad considering how busy it was.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Globe Arena?

The Globe Arena looks very nice from the outside. We were housed in the Bay Radio Terrace behind the goal and it was nice to able to stand for a change. The Grimsby fans also had a section of seating in the Main Stand, located nearest the away end. The Main Stand is all seater, with executive boxes, and the opposite home end is a mirror of the Bay Radio Terrace. The fourth side of the ground is a four or five step terrace, backed by a concrete wall, which looks as though it could be redeveloped at some point in the future. Bizarrely, a fair number of Morecambe fans stood on this terrace in the wind and rain, rather than stand in the covered terrace behind the goal. Hardy or barmy, who knows?

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

For the third time in the last four away games, we conceded a goal within the first four minutes and never looked like scoring. The game was spoiled by a gusty wind and squally showers, and the pitch deteriorated rapidly during the second half. Morecambe seemed to adapt much better to the conditions, and had two further goals ruled out for offside, as well as hitting the post and crossbar. The 600 or so Grimsby Town fans made plenty of noise as usual, but to no avail. The stewards were fine, food looked okay although I didn't try any, and the toilets were also okay.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

There was a bit of a queue to get away, but no worse than other places I have been to. I then got held up by an accident on the M6, but still arrived home by 8.30pm. I was also collared at Birch Services, along with another Town fan, by a Bradford City fan, who wanted his picture with us, as he loved the Sacha Baron Cohen "Grimsby" movie!

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

The Globe Arena is not a bad ground to visit, and I will probably go again. Everybody seemed friendly, and there was no sign of any trouble. One final point which was good, was a tweet from Morecambe Police, thanking the Town fans for their behaviour, and looking forward to us visiting again.

Morecambe v Exeter City
Football League Two
Saturday 29th October 2016, 3pm
Ryan Pugh (Exeter City fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Globe Arena?

In all honesty, I wasn't expecting too much. Although our away form is very good, and Morecambe's home form isn't great, one would think we'd have a good chance of winning.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Traveled via the supporters coach as usual, which left Exeter at 7am .We got to the Globe Arena just after 1pm. The journey definitely dragged on towards the end, and we couldn't wait to get off the coach.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We went to the ticket office so some of us could purchase tickets, and headed to the pub right outside the ground - Marstons Hurley Flyer. We left the pub around 2:15pm, and went straight into the stadium.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Globe Arena?

From the outside the the Peter McGuigan Stand looked quite nice, but the rest of the exterior was certainly nothing to shout about. Inside, we had a fairly good view, although we couldn't see one corner of the pitch as an executive box was obstructing our view.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Bought a hot-dog for £3 (complete rip-off for an average hot-dog), then a pie for £4, which was top notch, by far the best pie I've had at a football ground. We took 153 away fans, and we sung throughout the match, and the home fans had a drum which in all honestly drowned out their chants. The first half performance was as good a performance that I've ever seen, we fully deserved to be 3-0 up at the break, and could easily have been more. In the second half, we were more defensive, kept our focus well, and most importantly, got a clean sheet to go with our fifth away win this season.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

No problems getting out, got straight back onto the coach, and left pretty swiftly. There was quite a bit of traffic, but once we got onto the motorway it was fine.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

The whole day exceeded my expectations, that's for sure. A lovely pie to ac company the great performance was more than good enough for me. I would fully recommend the pies if you visit Morecambe FC, and I'll certainly be returning in the future.

Morecambe v Doncaster Rovers
Football League Two
Saturday 10th September 2016, 3pm
Antony Bendin (Doncaster Rovers fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Globe Arena?

For me primarily it was just another away game following my team Doncaster Rovers. However this was also to be my first ever visit to the Globe Arena, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I went on the supporters coach, so it was a three hour journey. On arrival at the Globe Arena the away coaches parked right next to the away end.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

As soon as we arrived, we headed to the Hurley Flyer pub which is situated right by the entrance to the Globe Arena. It wasn't particularly large and as you would expect it was rather busy and cramped. However we did manage to get a drink, so it served its purpose.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Globe Arena?

The Globe Arena is a small modern stadium, but has a traditional football ground feel to it. The away end was okay, but I'm a big lad and the turnstiles were a bit tight! The facilities were fine and we had a good view of the pitch. The away stand itself was okay for League Two standard, we took around 800 fans with us so we pretty much filled it. 

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc.

The game was amazing, Donny smashed them 5-1, and in truth it could have been more. On every attack we looked like we were going to score. The atmosphere from the away end was crazy, we sang and sang the whole game, the only time we heard something from the home supporters when they scored their goal to make it 2-1 before half time, other than that, we were the only ones making the noise. However considering the poor performance of the Morecamble team then this was probably understandable  Stewards weren't the greatest, but like most other ground away supporters are not treated the best by them. Towards the end of the game they started to increase the numbers of stewards in the away end, which considering that Doncaster are not known for causing trouble seemed strange and only increased tensions. I did have a Hot Dog which cost £2.60, but it must have been one of the smallest you could buy. Other than that, it was a good time at the Globe Arena.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Straight from the away end, onto the coach, and straight out, little traffic at all.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Well it was a great away day, with a great team performance and result. Add in some food and drink, then what more can you ask for? Plus another ground ticked off the list!

Morecambe v Stevenage
Football League Two
Saturday 23rd April 2016, 3pm
James Walker (Stevenage fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Globe Arena?

I was firmly looking forward to todays game as we could finally relax and enjoy the run-in, having secured our survival with a 0-0 draw against Bristol Rovers in midweek. There was also mild optimism between us all that we could have an afternoon to remember as we had enjoyed a seven goal thriller against Morecambe at the Lamex back in November, and they had been battered in midweek away to Cambridge.

Globe Arena

Globe Arena Morecambe


How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I took the supporters coach for the game. An 8.20am departure saw us arrive at the Globe Arena for 1.20pm. There's lots of parking available outside the ground.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Away Seating Only SignI went straight to the club shop (located right next to the away turnstiles) to purchase a badge (£2.99) and my programme (£3) then went into the ground. I didn't have much contact with the home supporters, except for a couple I spoke to in the shop who were very pleasant to talk to.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Globe Arena?

Normally you hear about the away fans being shoved away in the worst part of the ground, but it's a refreshing change here that the away fans are actually in the nicest stand. This Main Stand is a big deep seated stand running the length of the pitch with the away fans in one side of it. Behind the goal to the right of this stand is a small covered terrace that is for away fans but only when the seated stand is full so only our flags were here for the game. Behind the home goal is exactly the same, a small covered terrace, whilst running the length of the pitch opposite is a small uncovered terrace. The concourse is big and spacious with a bar at the end selling well priced food and beverages, as well as some fans standing around selling programmes and half time draw tickets. There is also a big screen showing the early kick-off.

The Teams Before Kick Off

Teams Before Kick Off At The Globe Arena


Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Globe Arena ScoreboardThe game started poorly with neither side looking to get forward but that changed when Morecambe took the lead. We continued to look poor until a flukey own-goal got us level followed by a fantastic team goal finished off by Dean Parrett just before Half Time. The second half livened up from our point of view as we missed several fantastic chances before a Dean Parrett second and Ben Kennedy strike saw us return south with a fantastic win. The pies here are simply magnificent, either Ham & Leek or Meat & Potato pies with a fantastic beef gravy, certainly one to enjoy if you're here in the winter months! At £3.60, it is a fantastic one to enjoy.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away was simple. Out of the ground, but firstly back in to the club shop next door to purchase a teamsheet for 20p, then turn the corner on the left to the car park where the coach was waiting for us. A good journey home saw us arrive back at the Lamex for 9.30pm.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Well who doesn't love an away day when you win comfortably! A fantastic day out followed by a fantastic result and one I will definitely be doing again next season. 

Half Time Score: Morecambe 1-2 Stevenage
Full Time Result: Morecambe 1-4 Stevenage
Attendance: 1,129 (92 away fans)

Morecambe v Oxford United
Football League Two
Saturday 13th February 2016, 3pm
Rob Pickett (Oxford United fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Globe Arena?

Annual lads away day out with overnight stay in Morecambe! It was also my first visit to the Globe Arena. There is always a bit more interest when you going to a new venue.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I drove with some Oxford friends who had come up to Sheffield. Without using Sat Nav, it was very easy to find the ground by following the signs upon arrival in Morecambe.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

It was easiest to park up at the Marstons Pub very near the ground. They serve food and a good range of real ales. I think they were taken by surprise by the number of fans visiting and were struggling to cope. That said, it seemed fairly friendly.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Globe Arena?

From the outside the Globe Arena looks quite impressive. The layout inside is surprising, with very narrow corridors to the toilets and catering facilities. We stood on the away terrace and you get a good view.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game was quite even with both sides pushing for three points. The critical moment was a sending off for Morecambe and then Oxford pounced with some well worked goals. As Oxford took a good following, it was a decent atmosphere. I would say the stadium staff are fan friendly.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Not too much of an issue. Inevitably a queue, but got away in good time.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Morecambe is a bit of a journey, but a scenic one at that. Clearly the club have made a lot of effort since getting into the Football League. I would certainly recommend a visit at least once from away fans. An enjoyable enough day.

Morecambe v Cambridge United
Football League Two
Tuesday 24th November 2015, 7.45pm
Nick Harling (Cambridge United fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting the Globe Arena?    

Cambridge were looking for their first win under new manager Shaun Derry - having lost our last three. This clash with Morecambe seemed a good chance to get our season back on track again. Plus I had heard a lot about Morecambe's legendary pies! Morecambe were running a special ticket promotion for the game which meant that me and my son watched the match for the grand total of £3 (including programme!). This made things a lot cheaper for the travelling fans.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?    

After getting off the M6 to the south of Lancaster it was another 20 minutes drive to get to the Globe Arena. Managed to get a parking space on the road right outside the stadium, and that was only 15 mins before kick off. There seems to be plenty of on-street parking around the area of the ground.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

With little time to spare, it was straight to collect our seated tickets and then into the ground. 

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Globe Arena?    

The stadium has a very impressive frontage. We popped into the shop for our bargain ticket which seemed very well stocked and modern. Entrance to the away seats in the main block is through a couple of narrow turnstiles (3 and 4) to the right of the main entrance. Once inside we visited the functional but clean toilet facilities. The away seats in the 'A' block of the Main Stand give a very good view of the ground. The 'away terrace' to the right is apparently rarely used unless there's an especially large travelling contingent. The 167 travelling U's fans were comfortably accommodated in the seated section, which is only separated from the home crowd by a couple of sheeted-over rows of seats.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

The game went as well as we could have hoped. Cambridge were 3-1 at half time, leaving the home fans a little subdued and the U's fans hungry for the local cuisine. The pies were popular and good value for their size (£3), they certainly lived up to their billing! A tea was a reasonable £1. Another Cambridge goal just after the restart really put the game to bed and despite a late Morecambe consolation, the game was won. The roof covering the stand gave our fans plenty of echo for the songs and chants. Total attendance was just under 1,700 which I believe is about average for the club. Stewarding was sensible and tolerant of the odd inebriated fan, who was dealt with firmly but fairly (i.e. not chucked out, but sat down close to where the stewards could keep an eye on him).

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Really straightforward again, 20 minutes back to the motorway - though be aware that you have to go to the Lancaster South junction of the M6 if you want to travel southwards, as the closer Lancaster North junction is currently undergoing major redevelopment that is going to last at least another six months.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:    

An enjoyable trip out to a modern and friendly ground. Obviously the win made it better, but the bargain ticket offer was a real bonus and no doubt encouraged more folk to turn out on a chilly November evening.

Morecambe v Walsall
Johnstone's Paint Trophy, 1st Round
Tuesday 1st September 2015, 7.45pm
Zane Alpine (Walsall fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting the Globe Arena?

Walsall had been drawn away to Morecambe in the JPT after finishing as runners up in the competition last season, so we decided to see if we could repeat the miracle for a second year running. Also the Globe Arena was a new ground for Saddlers fans as this was our first ever competitive game with Morecambe.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We took the supporters coach up to the game which was a fairly straightforward journey and took around 2 hours and 45 minutes. However when we left the motorway to travel through Lancaster this took up at least 45 minutes worth of the journey due to having to slowly go through a number of narrow roads in rush hour traffic. However when we got through Lancaster we arrived at the ground around 5 minutes later.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

There is a pub right next to the Globe Arena which we spent a while in as we had around an hour and a half to spare before kick off. However other than this, there didn't seem to be nothing else to do around the ground. We asked a steward if he knew of anywhere we could go for something to eat/drink and even he said himself there's nothing other than the pub and pre game is usually quite boring for the away fans as the ground is too far away from Morecambe town centre.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

We were located in the all seated Main Stand, the rest of the stadium was comprised of terracing. The two terraces behind either goals looked quite impressive and the stand we were in was fairly new with a very good view of the pitch.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

We dominated the first half and missed a golden chance to go in front which seemed to spur on Morecambe in the second half as they scored twice in it to win 2-0. We did have more chances and shots and possession than them, but it was just one of those days where the ball wouldn't go in for us. The Morecambe fans made a fairly decent atmosphere from the home terrace behind the goal which was aided by a drummer.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

It took us around 20 minutes to get out of Morecambe and back through Lancaster and after that it was a fairly simple two hour journey back down the motorway. We arrived back at Bescot Stadium at around 12.30am.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I was disappointed with the lack of pre game things to do and also the result, but overall it was a fairly decent, but frustrating game. Still I would definitely visit the Globe Arena again.

Morecambe v Exeter City
League Two
Sunday, October 26th 2014, 1pm
Steve Ellis (Exeter City fan)

1. Why were you looking forward to going to this ground?

This was yet another new ground for me and one I've been looking forward to going to for sometime. I just missed out in previous seasons due to work or other reasons. As normal I travelled up on the official supporters coach, the journey was straight forward, leaving Exeter at 5am, arriving in Morecambe at 11am.

2. What did you do before the game, pub, chippy....home fans friendly?

On arrival at the ground we opted for a drink at the Hurley Flyer pub, which is located right beside the ground, with drinks starting at £3.50 a pint. From there we then went to the club bar and grill where they had their super Sunday offer on with drinks starting at £2 a pint. Home fans I spoke to were friendly.

3. What you thought on seeing the ground,  first impressions of away end and then other sides of ground?

On getting though the turnstiles we came into the bar area which was of a good size. Away fans are normally housed in one corner of the Main Stand, larger followings are also given the Bay Radio Terrace, behind the goal. The West terrace behind the other goal mirrors it and is the home end. Opposite the Main Stand is the North Terrace which is a small open stand. We were seated in the  Main Stand which had good facilities and adequate leg room.

4. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, refreshments etc.

The game was good with Exeter running out as 2-0 winners. Atmosphere was also good between the home supporters and the 162 travelling Exeter fans. Stewards were helpful and low key, toilets were also clean. You cannot go to Morecambe and not try one of their famous homemade pies, for our game they had the meat and potato pie with added gravy if you want that. At £3 the pies are definitely worth it. Pints inside the ground started at £3.50.

5. Comments on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting way after was straight forward once clear of the post match traffic, eventually getting back to Exeter at 10pm. Long day but the result made the trip worth it.

Morecambe v  Fleetwood Town
League Two
Thursday, December 26th 2013, 3pm
Jamie Smith (Fleetwood Town fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

Having missed the 'sea food' derby as it has been christened last season through illness and our current good form in the League, I was highly anticipating a great atmosphere and taking 3 points home on Boxing Day.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I took the official supporters coach from Fleetwood. We left at 12 noon and got there at about 1:15pm, with no major traffic until we got into Lancaster.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

After I got off the coach I  walked into the town center, got a KFC and met a few friends who had stayed over the night before at the Midland Hotel. We then went back up to the ground and went into the pub right to the stadium where we had a few pints.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

The Peter McGuigan Main Stand is the first thing you see from the exterior, which makes the Globe Arena look impressive from the outside. However inside the rest of the stadium does not live up to the Main Stand which towers over the rest of the small looking ground. Talking of small, the turnstiles into the away end have to be the thinnest I have ever squeezed through and the concourse at the back of the stand is very cramped too. This made getting a pie at half time a very difficult task. The views from the Bay Radio Terrace at one end, which is given to away fans, are though very good as it is raised above pitch level. However, it is set back from the pitch.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The pitch was in a pretty poor state and the home side seemed to cope better with the conditions than us. Morecambe were fortunate to take the lead when a downward header deflected off the pitch in front of goal giving our keeper Davies no chance. The acoustics in the away end are superb and our fans were in fine voice to which the players responded and on any other day we could have scored two or three. but it was not to be and Morecambe won 1-0.

In my opinion the stewards were heavy handed with the away fans which led to some unpleasant scenes between the fans and stewards. Although it took a while to get served the pies were very good. I had a meat and potato pie which cost £3. Overall facilities weren't anything special but I've seen worse.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away was easy, got on the coach, got on the M6 and was home in no time.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Decent ground, good food, but a poor pitch and turnstiles. Good acoustics in the away end. It was though on the whole a good day out. My only wish was that the Morecambe fans had vocally got behind their team more.

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Updated 26th September 2018

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