Stadium Spotlight: The Globe Arena, Morecambe

In what’s now become an infrequent series, our stadium spotlight turns to Morecambe F.C. in Lancashire, England. Morecambe were promoted to the Football League for the first time in 2007, now plying their trade in League Two, and awaiting a bright shiny new future at the Globe Arena, currently under construction. That will end their long era playing at Christie Park, dating back to 1921.

And of course, as we noted here recently, The Shrimps have a rather new striking logo to plaster all over their new digs. The stadium name was announced this month, and is that of the company constructing it, Globe Construction, in a five-year sponsorship deal.

The four-sided stadium will include a main stand on the south side for 2,173 seated spectators; a west-sided “home” stand for 2,234 fans with bar and catering facilities; an “away” stand on the east-side for 1,389 standing fans; and an uncovered terrace on the north end for 606 standing supporters, for a total stadium capacity of around 6,000.

The entire development is coming at a cost of £12m, and includes an artificial turf training field and community facilities for small-sided games, hockey and netball.

Globe Arena plans

Football field, training facilities, five-a-side, netball and hockey facilities.

Construction of the Globe Arena began in last May, and though some of the more ambitious plans for the stadium (including office space) have been postponed due to financial belt-tightening on the project, it’s still due to open this autumn.

Let’s look at the progress of the entire project as of last month, courtesy of campdavemorecambe on Flickr.

Globe Arena, progress of construction, January 2010.

Globe Arena, progress of construction, January 2010.

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