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.