Repairs On 7,000 New Seats, Students Can Bring Cushions Saturday

Repairs are underway at Dowdy Ficklen Stadium in Greenville to correct the bleachers which gave way at last week's game.

Since the bleachers will not be in place for Saturday's game, ECU students are permitted to take cushions to the game.

The size of the cushion can't exceed 18 inches.

It's expected the bleachers will be repaired in time for the home game on October 16.


East Carolina University says 7,000 seats will have to be fixed after several rows of new bleachers failed during Sunday's game.

About a dozen fans received minor injuries when several rows of bleachers in the new section of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium collapsed.

ECU's Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Operations Bill Bagnell says T.A. Loving, along with ECU contractors and a structural engineer determined that the mechanical fasteners holding the bleachers to the concrete pulled away, causing the bleachers to fail.

Bagnell says the construction company is now looking into ways to fasten the bleachers directly to the concrete floor, and not to the vertical riser.

ECU says the Boneyard will be open for Saturday's Memphis game. If sections are not yet complete, the university says the students will just have to sit or stand on the concrete.


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ECU Officials have released a statement regarding fans who were injured when several rows of bleachers gave way.

The statement says:

About a dozen fans suffered minor injuries today when several rows of bleachers in the new east end zone section of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium gave way in the first quarter of the ECU-Tulsa football game.

Those injured were treated by stadium personnel for scrapes, cuts and bruises. There was a report that one person was treated for a dislocated shoulder.

About a dozen rows of bleachers were removed from the stadium, and the fans who were occupying those seats were relocated to other locations in the stadium.

Construction on the new end zone section of the stadium was completed over the summer with the addition of about 7,000 seats. It is now the student section in the stadium.

University officials will follow up with those injured to see if any additional treatment is needed. Officials will also meet with contractors to determine the cause of the accident . The next Pirates home game is against Memphis on Saturday.


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  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Sep 13, 2010 at 09:40 AM
    Sam, you just hit the nail on the head there man. To "To Sam" I would'nt be talking everything as all great for UNC cause as much as UNC will face, that athletic program will go down for quite sometime, especially in football. I would have kept my mouth shut in the first place if I were you UNC FAN, and stop pretending you like ECU as well. Only a UNC fan would claim that they are the best in everything, whereas there are fans of quite a few out-of-state schools, especially Va Tech who respect ECU way more than UNC. ECU has had a much better recent history in football than UNC. UNC might have had a team in the 80's, but since the 90's all they ever have been good in was during the Mack Brown era, but they still have not had the major victories like ECU has had. Those UNC fans better get the tissues ready after ECU beats them in that dirt hole of a college town on the other side of Raleigh.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Sep 13, 2010 at 07:46 AM
    To "To Sam" it's obvious that you have never been to a college baseball game, as most UNC people don't even care for baseball. Go look at the websites and check out the average attendances of those baseball games for the 2 schools. ECU averages about 3 times as many fans as UNC at the baseball games. Also, the NCAA needs to look into the baseball team during this investigation as Mike Fox has ran a dirty program for years like Butch Davis has. I've heard where 2 of the recent UNC baseball players, (one of them a star pitcher in the pros now) ended up going there due to taking bribe money about 4-5 years ago. Also, "To Sam" you are right we will never be a UNC. We will never cheat to get to what the fans would like to see. We would never run dirty programs like UNC has over the years. We wont have a law school that breeds dirty lying politicians that bring the state down. We wont have a bunch of anti-hunting anti-fishing nut jobs like UNC has. You still can't win a title in baseball.
  • by boco pirate on Sep 12, 2010 at 07:36 PM
    yeah we understand 2nd..its first loser.. anyway yall went to the cws and came up short twice... but 4 trips dont make a tradition.. ecu has more post season wins and regional appearances than any other team in the state.. unc athletics = do the least with the most
  • by Anonymous on Sep 11, 2010 at 02:23 AM
    Better bring a cushion to cushion the fall.
  • by TO UNC FAN Location: Greenville on Sep 10, 2010 at 02:52 PM
    IT is true that I hate UNC, has nothing to do with basketball, football or anything else. I just hate them. I hate them because because they are so busy standing for everyone that they stand for nothing. I would NEVER let a child of mine attend that place and I would fight it with every last breath I have.
  • by to Sam on Sep 10, 2010 at 01:32 PM
    UNC has not only been to the college world series but has been the runner up (thats #2 in country for those of you who dont know) TWICE in the last 5 years. ECU has never even BEEN to the CWS at all, not ever!!! But Sam you are right as you said nobody in the state even comes close to the tradition in baseball that ECU has. Your logic has me laughing about as hard as I can right now, good ole ECU logic, gotta love it. You guys just cant stand it so you outright lie. I love ECU but it will never be the University of North Carolina. Keep dreamin Sam. Stay away from that lie detector too...
  • by here Location: here on Sep 10, 2010 at 01:03 PM
    You people on here comparing schools are LOSERS!!!! My school better than your school nana, nana! That is not what this article is about. Take your childish rants somewhere else or GROW UP. Seriously.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Sep 10, 2010 at 12:46 PM
    It's ashame that the person who wants to put down "to sam and everyone" wont even put their own name down. Also, if it was not for ECU, then Greenville would be about the same size town as Williamston and would not have anything worth it economically. I can say this cause I'm from the Williamston/Farmlife area. ECU keeps Greenville going and going and going. Nick, you are so right man. I can't agree any more than I do.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Sep 10, 2010 at 12:11 PM
    Don't even throw baseball in there dude. They barely get 500 fans to go out to the games on average. ECU always has at least 1,000 fans to go out to the baseball games, and has had the baseball tradition for several years. I guess you have never been to a college baseball game since you just put ALL SPORTS up there. Nobody else in the state has a tradition in baseball that can even come close to touching ECU's tradition. Ask fans from several of these other schools, like South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Clemson, Arizona State, and anyone else that has played ECU. I have heard nothing but great things about the overall aspect of ECU baseball, players, fans, announcers, boosters, etc. It sounds like you are pretending like you pull for ECU, considering that you try to put UNC up there with that "higher than thou" comment. As much as I dislike Duke, some of the UNC fans may want to watch out for them in basketball here in the next few years, cause nobody knows what'll unfold in b-ball
  • by nick Location: farmvegas on Sep 10, 2010 at 10:26 AM
    You guys are doing a great job of research on ACC,UNC, and ECU sports history on from the web. You are to be commended for your knowledge of NC and ACC college athletics... NOT!
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