Aarrrrgh! Pirate Tailgating

Over fifty thousand fans flocked to Dowdy-Ficklen stadium to watch the ECU Pirates face off against the Tulsa Gold Hurricane Sunday. But for many fans it isn't just about the game inside the stadium, it’s also about the tailgating outside before the game.

Thousands of pirate fans were wearing their purple and gold and came together to grill out and get pumped up for the game. Many said this year would be bigger and better than ever.

Some changes this year: a new seating extension, scoreboard, and entrance. And along with a new coach, it is a new era for the Pirates, but something that definitely remains the same, their dedicated fans.


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  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Sep 6, 2010 at 11:33 PM
    Too bad, if you rode the bus then that was on you b/c there are lots you can pay to use for tailgating on Elm street, and the Belk lot is now a pay lot again. Or you can park at the Greenville Mall and walk over. I also saw people tailgating at the Harris shopping center. Point being, if you get there early enough, there are places to tailgate without being a Pirate club member.
  • by Too bad.... on Sep 6, 2010 at 01:03 PM
    ECU has rented everything within sight of the stadium so that unless you join the Pirate Club, you can't tailgate in the lots near the stadium. It seems that the little people are expected to tailgate in a parking lot across town and then pay to ride a bus to the game.
  • by JBP on Sep 6, 2010 at 08:29 AM
    I wish young people would not feel the need to be cool and do irresponsible things such as drink until they have alcohol poisoning. Can't a good time be had by all without the alcohol? Hope this young man will recover.
  • by chris on Sep 6, 2010 at 06:47 AM
    He's 19, not 11. He made his choice and I bet it wasn't his first time drinking. I wish him the best...I mean no ill will toward him, but this doesnt need to turn into a rant making it someone else's fault. Yes, someone gave him the alcohol, but he made a young adult choice to pursue...and consume it.
  • by Kathy Location: Washington NC on Sep 6, 2010 at 05:03 AM
    I hope the people who gave this underaged drinker beer or booze thinks twice next time. That is a punishable offense by the way. Shame, shame.
  • by Southern Lady Location: NC on Sep 5, 2010 at 09:27 PM
    Hope you will come through this!This could have happened to anyone anywhere.
  • by nn on Sep 5, 2010 at 08:43 PM
    To concerned .... this tells me 1 thing you are the friend who dumped him in the ED and when the physicians told you they were going to intubate (put a breathing tube in) you being underage yourself thought you were going to get in trouble so you bolted. What a friend. Just so you know he is fine and it would be nice if his friends checked on him.
  • by allen Location: winterville on Sep 5, 2010 at 06:40 PM
    Our prayers go out to the student with alcohol poison but the fault lies with the individual who made a bad choice with lack of self control...Can't blame the university..
  • by Moderators NIGHTMARE and YOURS! on Sep 5, 2010 at 06:40 PM
    There's a PLENTY of 19 year olds over sea representing their country. This ONE doesn't have the responsibility to take care of them selves.
  • by betsy Location: raleigh, nc on Sep 5, 2010 at 06:36 PM
    Where is the story about the 19-year-old? And by the way, I remember extreme alcohol abuse at all of the major universities in my day .... UNC-CH, NCSU, WFU, ECU, .... this is a problem at all colleges and universities.
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