Used by local team Morecambe FC, the Globe Arena is a football stadium in Morecambe, Lancashire, which is named after Globe Construction, the company that built the stadium. The Globe can hold up to 6,476 supporters, with 2,173 being available in the Peter McGuigan (Main) Stand that runs the length of one side of the pitch.
Morecambe FC were based at nearby Christie Park for 89 years before moving to the new purpose-built stadium in 2010. The main stand that is named after the current Club Chairman is an all seated, covered area with a box-like feel and a corporate glassed area at the back. There are also windshields to either side, which is often essential for a football ground that is situated so close to the coast.
The design of the Globe was intended to mimic the look and feel of the previous stadium, with three smaller terraces alongside the main stand.
As the old stadium was known as Christie Park, the club’s mascot is Christie the Cat. He was unveiled a few seasons ago, and once had an altercation with Tony Roberts, the goalkeeper for Dagenham & Redbridge. Christie the Cat is a regular at The Globe Arena, having originally been stolen after the last game at Christie Park. A member of the public offered to sell Christie back to the club, but a nice policeman made the man go home empty handed, thanking him for his community spirit.
In addition to being the home of Morecambe FC, the Globe is also one of the premier events venues in the local area. From smaller family functions to lavish gala dinners, and catering from those aged 18 to 80 or even beyond; whatever the occasion, the Globe Arena provides the ideal venue. Extensive on-site parking, a range of meeting rooms and run with an award-winning catering and hospitality service, the Globe offers so much more than a football stadium.
The wide variety of hospitality rooms and suites means there is a degree of flexibility to provide the perfect space, from small meeting rooms to the entire football stadium! The rooms are air conditioned and due to their full height windows, they allow plenty of natural sunlight during the day. Alternatively, window coverings can be lowered, and lights dimmed to create the perfect ambiance for evening events.
The stadium’s opening game was against Coventry City, with Andy Fleming scoring the first two goals at the newly opened Globe Arena. The first official match as part of the football league was a 0–0 draw against Rotherham United. Morecambe FC (known locally as the Shrimps) enjoyed their biggest victory on the ground with a 6-0 defeat of Crawley Town, with striker Phil Jevons becoming the first player to score a hat-trick on the ground.
There is a variety of accommodation available for football fans and guests of events being held at the Globe Arena. The majority of hotels in Morecambe are located near the coast, with The Clifton and Glenthorn being two key examples. A Travelodge is also situated fairly close to the train station which is popular for many visiting the area.