Businesses Expect Boost With New Softball Stadium

The opening of the new ECU Softball Stadium was a successful one for the team winning 8 to 0 over UNC-W, and businesses expect it to be a win for them as well.

Nearby businesses like McCalister's Deli know anything that draws a crowd to the school could put people at their tables. Will Long is associate manager at the restaurant and says, "It's a big deal. It's great. It brings a lot of people in, not just to watch the games but the teams also come in to eat with us. It's nice because they're right there."

The stadium holds 1,000 people and is expected to be full when the Pirates host their first Conference USA tournament in May bringing in money for restaurants, hotels and stores.

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  • by Black Business Owner Location: Greenville on Feb 16, 2011 at 07:53 PM
    To Woodrow, Athletic venues generate money both during the regular season and during the off-season. ECU hosts several baseball tournments during the summer that bring in teams from up and down the East Coast. They rent rooms, eat in resturants, shop in local stores, etc...They spend money. Talk to any sporting goods store in Greenville and you will learn that these tournments generate money for Greenville small businesses. The majority of these funds to expand come from Pirate Club and privte donations. Oh yes, Private business companies do the planning, build, and some maintance on these facilities to generte more jobs for Greenville.
  • by Is it worth it? on Feb 16, 2011 at 07:26 PM
    1000 seats. Give them away and they still won't be full. Priorities are screwed-up. Education first and foremost!
  • by GvillePir8 Location: Greenville on Feb 16, 2011 at 06:56 PM
    ECU's full budget is a bit more than $800 million, with the State funding about $300 million. The renovations and expansions at the athletic venues have been planned for a long time and are supported almost entirely through private funds raised through the University and the Pirate Club. In addition to these, an academic-centered fund-raising campaign is under way with a target of $200 million. I don't know the current level of that effort, but the numbers from early to middle last year had already exceeded $120 million. There will be more growth and ECU than decline in the coming months. This is the fastest growing educational institution in the state.
  • by Kane on Feb 16, 2011 at 06:31 PM
    Again, most of the money raised by athletic departments come from alumni organizations who WANT to give money to athletics. I don't see cutting one program at ECU that has three people in it as going concern.
  • by Woodrow Location: New Bern on Feb 16, 2011 at 06:07 PM
    Let's see - raising tuition, cutting academic programs - but there's a new athletic stadium. Yea, we got our priorities straight.
  • by JDLadd Location: my pad on Feb 16, 2011 at 06:06 PM
    It's not called Greedville for nothing you know.

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