Security Ready For New Season At ECU

A clash with fans and local police at an East Carolina home football game last year has resulted in changes on how authorities secure the field and fans.

Fans rushed the field after ECU beat West Virginia last year. Some officers were seen hitting and even body slamming fans. A year later, changes to security have been made.

Major Frank Knight with ECU says they are being proactive to prevent incidents like that from happening again. Knight says ECU and other local officers will work the games as much as possible, instead of out of town officers who may not be as familiar with what to do. One exception is the Wilson Police Department. But Knight says ECU officers will be teamed up with them.

Knight says on Tuesday, the ECU Police met with the new staff of officers and Highway Patrol Troopers to map out how to handle security.

Knight says fans are also reminded it is against Conference USA rules to rush the field.


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  • by VT Grad Location: Greenville on Sep 4, 2009 at 07:35 PM
    ECU may beat the Hokies when the Cubs win the World Series!!
  • by JDLadd Location: My Padd on Sep 3, 2009 at 10:16 PM
    ECU has the same chance of beating Va Tech as I do of beating Obama in the 2012 election.
  • by Jack on Sep 3, 2009 at 07:56 PM
    Maybe the cops should actually worry about stopping crime more!
  • by Pirate fanatic Location: greenville on Sep 3, 2009 at 07:17 PM
    Just wait till after the Va tech game after ECu puts the whipping on em. talking about a rush, well you'll be sure to see one then. Go Pirates Beat the Mountaineers of App State
  • by Joke on Sep 3, 2009 at 07:11 PM
    Maj. Knight is the same one who told officers last year if fans come on the field to make an example out of the first 2 or 3 and maybe the rest would not storm the field
  • by piratefan on Sep 3, 2009 at 06:46 PM
    FYI...I know plenty of people who rushed the field who were not drunk. Quit generalizing all ECU students!
  • by Student Location: ECU on Sep 3, 2009 at 06:19 PM
    Dave, it wasn't ECU who did this and the students did not get "beaten." Watch the video. I actually had a cop tell me last week that Wilson PD was helping out at the games this year. Either the officer was wrong or WITN is.
  • by Dave on Sep 3, 2009 at 05:36 PM
    It looks like it will be round 2 of drunk ECU students storming the field getting beaten by the ECU PD.
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