IT’S a new stadium but for Sheffield Wednesday supporters it will be like stepping back in time when they go to Morecambe’s Globe Arena in the FA Cup first round a week on Saturday.
That’s because - for this particular afternoon - Owls fans will be back on the terraces and will be standing up, not seated, behind the goal at the away end.
The 6,400-capacity Globe Arena replaced their old Christie Park ground in 2010 with (covered) standing room only behind both goals.
It’s not a unique experience for Wednesday’s travelling army, however, because some of the smaller capacity grounds in League One, notably Exeter and Yeovil. have terracing on the away end.
Not only will it be Wednesday’s first visit to the Globe Arena, but it will also be the first ever competitive clash between the two clubs. Wednesday are sure to sell out their allocation of around 2,000 (more if they can get them) and a good response from the home club could test the current record of 5,003, although their home crowds don’t get much above 2,500.
It was of the ties under consideration for TV coverage.