Christie Park has a capacity of 6,400 with seating for 1,200. It is the home ground of Morecambe FC.
It comprises 3 covered stands and one uncovered stand. The only seated stand (the Main Stand) runs along about half the length of the pitch on one side, straddling the halfway line. The main terraced end (the North Stand) is situated behind one of the goals, and houses the majority of the home fans.
This impressive structure is the most recent addition to the ground, having been opened in 1997. The other covered stand (the Umbro Stand) is opposite the North Stand and houses the away fans. The capacity in this stand can be increased using temporary terracing. The uncovered stand (the Carwash Terrace), takes its name from the Carwash directly behind it on Lancaster Road.
The supporters’ club building that used to be behind it was knocked down in late 2006 and the club have planning permission to build a new stand on its site. However, Morecambe announced, in January 2009, that they have sold Christie Park to Sainsburys, allowing the club to commence the building of a new 7,000 capacity stadium in the Westgate area of the town.
The anticipated date for the opening of the new ground is the start of the 2010-11 season.
How to get to Christie Park
Christie Park is located in Lancaster Road, Morecambe LA4 5TJ.
Drivers arriving from the North should exit the M6 at junction 35, following signs for Morecambe along the A6. At Bolton-le-Sands, turn right at the lights, following signs for Morecambe. On reaching the promenade, carry on for about a mile before turning left at the Broadway Hotel. Take the 2nd exit at the 1st roundabout and the ground is about ½ mile.
From the South, leave the M6 at junction 34, taking the A683 towards Lancaster and picking up the A589 towards Morecambe. Go straight through 2 roundabouts and take the 2nd exit at the next, onto Lancaster road, where the ground is on the left.
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Morecambe railway station is served by trains from Lancaster (in turn served by trains from London Euston) and is a 20-minute walk from Christie Park. On exiting the station, turn right along Central Drive and bear right into Euston Road. This leads over a railway bridge into Lancaster Road where the ground is located. Click here to check the current train timetables
The nearest airport is Blackpool, at a distance of about 30 miles. Rail links are available to Morecambe from the nearby Squire Gate station, via Preston and Lancaster. Total journey time is about 90 minutes. Click here to check the current flight times
There are several taxi companies in Morecambe that can take you to and from Christie Park. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.
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Where to Park?
The main car park at the ground is purportedly reserved for players and officials, though visitors advise that it is often worth having a go at getting in. There is another small, reasonably priced car park at the rear of the Umbro Stand. Otherwise, plenty of street parking is available in the immediate area.
Away Friendly Pubs near Christie Park
The popular York Hotel on Lancaster Road, which is about a ten minute walk away from the ground, going towards the town centre. It has Sky Sports, serves food and has a selection of Everards real ale on offer. For those with time on their hands there are plenty of bars to be found along the seafront. The best of these appear to be the King’s head and Upstairs Downstairs, while the Jest and the Bradford Arms, in Queen Street, have also been recommended.
Hotels near Christie Park
The Holiday Inn Lancaster, Waterside Park, Caton Road, Lancaster LA1 3RA is set in riverside grounds and located just off junction 34 of the M6 motorway, under 3 miles from Christie Park. Guest reviews indicate a clean, well-appointed hotel, with comfortable, well-equipped rooms, representing good value for money.
The Mill Inn, Thurnham Mill Lane, Lancaster, LA2 0BD, originally a 19th century mill, has been tastefully refurbished to provide modern and comfortable accommodation within 5 miles of Morecambe FC. Guests report a lovely location, spacious rooms and excellent food.
What have other Away Fans said about their trip?
Most visiting fans appear to consider a trip to Christie Park a pleasant, relaxing day out. The covered ends contribute to a good atmosphere with the ground. However, the view of the action from the limited seating available in the Main stand is impeded by supporting pillars at the front. Visitors report that the mobile refreshment units at the front of the main stand serve good quality burgers, pies and hot and cold drinks. Atkinson’s Christie Park Fish and Chips, in Lancaster Road, has also been highly recommended by several fans.