Repairs On 7,000 New Seats, Students Can Bring Cushions Saturday

Repairs are underway at Dowdy Ficklen Stadium in Greenville to correct the bleachers which gave way at last week's game.

Since the bleachers will not be in place for Saturday's game, ECU students are permitted to take cushions to the game.

The size of the cushion can't exceed 18 inches.

It's expected the bleachers will be repaired in time for the home game on October 16.

East Carolina University says 7,000 seats will have to be fixed after several rows of new bleachers failed during Sunday's game.

About a dozen fans received minor injuries when several rows of bleachers in the new section of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium collapsed.

ECU's Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Operations Bill Bagnell says T.A. Loving, along with ECU contractors and a structural engineer determined that the mechanical fasteners holding the bleachers to the concrete pulled away, causing the bleachers to fail.

Bagnell says the construction company is now looking into ways to fasten the bleachers directly to the concrete floor, and not to the vertical riser.

ECU says the Boneyard will be open for Saturday's Memphis game. If sections are not yet complete, the university says the students will just have to sit or stand on the concrete.

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ECU Officials have released a statement regarding fans who were injured when several rows of bleachers gave way.

The statement says:

About a dozen fans suffered minor injuries today when several rows of bleachers in the new east end zone section of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium gave way in the first quarter of the ECU-Tulsa football game.

Those injured were treated by stadium personnel for scrapes, cuts and bruises. There was a report that one person was treated for a dislocated shoulder.

About a dozen rows of bleachers were removed from the stadium, and the fans who were occupying those seats were relocated to other locations in the stadium.

Construction on the new end zone section of the stadium was completed over the summer with the addition of about 7,000 seats. It is now the student section in the stadium.

University officials will follow up with those injured to see if any additional treatment is needed. Officials will also meet with contractors to determine the cause of the accident . The next Pirates home game is against Memphis on Saturday.

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