East Carolina University football fans are buying tickets to their team's bowl game in Hawaii and donating them to military personnel who expect to spend time there during the holidays.
ECU wants to be sure someone will be sitting in its seats for the Aloha Bowl on Dec. 23 in Honolulu.
Assistant athletic director Scott Wetherbee says the school knows it won't take 5,000 fans to Hawaii.
Wetherbee says Hawaii Bowl executive director Jim Donovan had contacts with all five ranches of the armed services.
The idea was to give those stationed on the islands a chance to request tickets to the game. If there are not enough takers from the military, Wetherbee says tickets will be offered to firefighters, police officers and local charities.