ECU Sets Football Season Ticket Sales Record

GREENVILLE, N.C. - For the third time in the last five years, East Carolina's football season ticket sales will officially be classified as a record-breaker.

A total of 22,338 tickets have been sold as of 5 p.m. Friday, which eclipses the previous standard of 22,000 established in 2007. The ECU Athletics Department has now surpassed the 20,000 mark for the fourth consecutive year, setting the stage for possible new attendance standards at an expanded Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium this fall.

With a 7,000-seat endzone construction project that will increase the stadium's capacity to 50,000 in time for the Sept. 5 opener against Tulsa, the Pirates will be in a position to push their turnstile count to unmatched levels under first-year head coach Ruffin McNeill.

In addition, Student Pirate Club membership has soared past its previous high of 7,800 with a current enrollment of 7,831. With a season ticket included as a benefit of membership, ECU's overall number of sold seats reaches past 30,000 for the first time in program history.

East Carolina has established program attendance standards its last three seasons. The Pirates drew a total of 249,219 fans in 2007 before setting back-to-back regular season average records with league-best 42,016 and 43,191 clips in 2008 and 2009, respectively. The increases have been a reflection of season ticket success at the box office in the last four years, following a then-record of 16,258 in 2006 with the aforementioned 22,000 clip in 2007, a 21,160 total in 2008 and a 21,293 figure last fall.

East Carolina enjoyed sell-out crowds for all six regular season contests a year ago, standing 14th among all FBS programs with a 100.44 capacity percentage. The Pirates also topped all Conference USA members in attendance average for the past two championship-winning campaigns and stood third nationally among all Bowl Championship Series non-automatic qualifiers in 2009 - trailing only BYU (64,236) and Utah (45,155).

Individual game and season ticket packages remain on sale, including a limited number of upper deck $120 Summer Savings promotional tickets through Sunday, Aug. 15.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.ECUPirates.com or by calling the ECU Athletics Ticket Office at (252) 737-4500.


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  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Aug 18, 2010 at 07:11 AM
    Yeah Anonymous, and that comes from someone living in the triangle area as well.
  • by Buck'neer Location: Apex, NC on Aug 16, 2010 at 03:00 PM
    Anonymous, sounds like you are a disparaged ACC Fan at best! I love seeing the NC ACCer's turning green, because they thought they would be able to keep ECU down, starting way back with our Medical School. You can never keep a good Pirate down, and there are plenty around the State of NC and elsewhere in the U.S. GO PIRATES!!!!
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Aug 16, 2010 at 11:30 AM
    Since WITN did not put down my post, I'll say this again. Apparently you savingmoney don't know jack about college football at all, considering the state bans ALL colleges from having alcohol either sold or consumed inside each of the college stadiums. Also, college football is typically a saturday thing, meaning the college football games are on different days than the NFL games. The ones who thought ECU was going to have a bunch of empty seats are proven wrong. Bud, as far as family friendly, I'd say that the Carolina Hurricanes are family friendly.
  • by Steve on Aug 16, 2010 at 10:00 AM
    savingmoney: you predict that I will not be going to games by end of season. For the record, I have had season tickets since 1992. It's not like I'm some ECU football game attending newbie. I've never seen anyone hurt at an ECU football game (off the field anways, on the field is another matter). You sound like a fearful drama queen. "The sky is falling the sky is falling". LOL!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 16, 2010 at 08:45 AM
    Gotta LOVE the haters! I hope ECU fails this year!
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Aug 16, 2010 at 08:10 AM
    YES YES YES that's what I like to see. To the ones saying that ECU was going to have all these empty seats after the expansion, you are dead wrong. Vicki, go hide in your shack then. To get real, the triangle is a joke in itself and should be in a complete seperate state than Greenville and the rest of Eastern North Carolina. I'd rather have Richmond as the state capitol than Raleigh any day. Richmond and Tidewater VA are much better areas. Each of the triangle schools are well known for a bunch of pathetic sellout jerks who are full of ignorance. Also, the ACC is no better than a mediocre conference and it's bogus how they get an automatic bid for the conference champion. The Big East is better in both football and basketball. Eastern North Carolina is by far a better place than the triangle. Look at all the beaches and water we have. Look at how much more peaceful it is. The triangle does'nt even come close to how good the east is.
  • by Bud Location: Washington on Aug 16, 2010 at 06:54 AM
    Thanks savingmoney! I wish more non-fans like you would let real fans sit in their seats. Yeah, it's TOTALLY a waste of money to go watch a team with 2 conference championships under their belt. Totally a waste for people in ENC to drive to ECU when they should really drive to Washington/Charlotte/Baltimore to spend 3 times as much money for an NFL ticket, not to mention gas. TOTALLY a waste for you to go to an ECU game where beer is actually NOT sold and NOT ALLOWED inside the stadium, and you actually WON'T get beer spilled on you savingmoney, unlike at an NFL game. And no football game is 100% family friendly! With the exception of Wake Forest games there is not one completely family friendly sports environment in the entire US. Even the Charlotte Bobcats with their 19 fans isn't family friendly. And who goes to a football game to be friendly?! It's a competition and people take it personally, as they should or they aren't a real fan, as you have clearly displayed.
  • by savingmoney on Aug 16, 2010 at 05:42 AM
    Amen! Vicki. I agree and Steve if you don't drink and party I make a prediction you will not go the games by the end of the season . Add in alcohol to tailgating around here I personally believe it becomes dangerous! Not family friendly at all! times and the area has changed to much in a very negative way
  • by ECU on Aug 15, 2010 at 08:00 PM
    Gotta love the haters. GO PIRATES!
  • by Steve on Aug 15, 2010 at 10:26 AM
    vicki: Overgeneralize much? I don't drink or "party", I go to ECU football games and can cite everyone playing. You sound bitter because you don't have the money to attend the games. Sorry. But, guess what? These improvements (new scoreboard is amazing) cost money, like everything else in life. Despite you not buying a ticket- read the headline to this story... Your jealousy is showing a green hue, not purple.
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