GREENVILLE, N.C. – With the start of the Pirates’ 2014 football campaign three days away, the East Carolina University Athletics Department has eclipsed the 20,000 mark in season ticket sales for the eighth-straight year.
Under head coach Ruffin McNeill, East Carolina set new school records during the 2011 season in total attendance (300,069) and average attendance (50,012) besting the previous marks of 297,987 and 49,665 - both set in 2010.
The success has been a reflection of growing season ticket sales at the box office, following a then-record of 16,258 in 2006 with a 22,000 number in 2007, a 21,160 total in 2008, a 21,293 figure in 2009, and a new standard of 23,436 in 2010, which was one again eclipsed in the fall of 2011 (24,188).
Since the 7,000-seat expansion of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in 2010, which pushed the total capacity to 50,000, the Student Pirate Club has also seen growth and has sold out its allotment of 10,000 tickets for the fifth consecutive year.
In addition to topping Conference USA in average attendance for the sixth-straight season, ECU stood first nationally among all Bowl Championship Series non-automatic qualifiers in 2013, which also ranked 45th among all 120 FBS programs.
East Carolina, which is set to open its inaugural campaign in the American Athletic Conference, will kick off the 2014 campaign at home on Saturday, Aug. 30 playing host to North Carolina Central (8 p.m./EDT). Also scheduled to visit Greenville this fall are AAC members SMU (Oct. 4), UCONN (Oct. 23), Tulane (Nov. 22) and UCF (Dec. 4). The Pirates wrap up non-conference play by hosting North Carolina on Sept. 20.
Season tickets for all home games are still available with ticket packages starting as low as $160.50, and can be purchased by calling the ECU Athletics Ticket Office at (252) 737-4500, through the Online Ticket Center, or by visiting the ECU Athletics Ticket Office.