Greenville is painted white from all the snow, but Pirate Nation hopes to paint Washington, D.C. purple and gold.
Christmas for 15-year-old Aaron Lyons turned out pretty good after mom and dad gave him the ultimate surprise. His father Greg, an ECU Alumni, says, "He's been a good child this year and part of his Christmas present is going to the bowl game."
The Pirates take on Maryland in the Military Bowl Wednesday afternoon.
Aaron says, "Were taking the Pirate tailgating bus. We're going up then when we get there we will have all you can eat tailgating food, music, live entertainment... anything you want and then we will watch the game!"
Since the weather has been so cold lately Aaron says he is using his Christmas money to get some warm ECU gear at the bookstore- but he doesn't need much.
"I have a lot of Pirate stuff. My whole wardrobe is Pirates. I would be here everyday if I could."
But for those fans not heading to D.C for the game, bars and restaurants like Chicos in Greenville are ready for the Pirate fans.
Chicos manager Jonathan Mills says they're expecting a huge crowd for the game and encourage reservations.
The game will be televised on ESPN at 2:30 p.m.