Football Tickets Race Past 20,000 - Again

GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina University Athletics Department is enjoying another record-breaking season ticket sales pace that has 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 nearing a close that will increase the stadium's capacity to 50,000 in time for the 2010 campaign, the Pirates will be in a position to push their turnstile count to unmatched levels under first-year head coach Ruffin McNeill.

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 a 22,000 sell-out number 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.

In addition to topping all Conference USA members in attendance average for the past two championship-winning campaigns, the Pirates also stood third nationally among all Bowl Championship Series non-automatic qualifiers in 2009 - trailing only BYU (64,236) and Utah (45,155).

With a little over two months to go until its opener against Tulsa Sept. 5, ECU is currently 800 ticket sales ahead of its 2009 rate according to year-to-date comparisons.

A limited number of chairback seats are available on the North Side for Purple Pirate ($1,200) members and above, while lower level Economy Plan and priority season tickets can still be purchased by Pirate Club members as well as upper deck seating by the general public. East Carolina's popular Young Graduate plan (2008-2010 grads) enrollees are eligible to buy season ticket packages beginning at $150 each.

Single home and away game tickets are now on sale for Pirate Club members only, while the general public individual game ticket sales date has been set for Aug. 9, based on availability.

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  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jun 29, 2010 at 10:27 AM
    To Stats man, next thing you know it will be hilariously true to see ECU in the NCAA tournament within 3 years. After all the new coach has learned several things from Dean Smith and has that UNC basketball connection since he went there. A smart person would'nt laugh at what Data Man said.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jun 28, 2010 at 09:56 AM
    Data Man, I'll agree with you about Lebo. He will put ECU on the map for a major sport other than football and baseball. ECU basketball has a very bright future. For football, if Ruff has the strategy and system going on as well as his discipline, you will see the pirates in a BCS bowl within 5 years. Guaranteed! It's the baseball coach that's raising some concerns I have.
  • by Stats man on Jun 28, 2010 at 09:53 AM
    ECU basketball in the NCAA bracket?? HA HAAAAAAAAA HAAAAAAAAAA HAAAAAAAAAAAAA HAAAAAAAAAA!!! That is truly funny!!!
  • by Data Man on Jun 28, 2010 at 07:43 AM
    We finally got a coach that can make the college look good. ECU will finally get on the map! Jeff Lebo will also get the basketball team in the NCAA bracket as well. Best two coaches we ever had!
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jun 28, 2010 at 07:07 AM
    Wolverine, at least we don't have losing seasons like you guys do. Central Michigan and Michigan State are better than you guys now. Rich Rodriguez was dumb to leave West Virginia and go to Michigan, and it's probably going to cost him his job after next year if Michigan don't tighten up. GO PIRATES!
  • by WOW on Jun 27, 2010 at 02:41 PM
    20,000 people with nothing better to do in their boring lives.
  • by Pirate Location: Greenville on Jun 27, 2010 at 06:30 AM
    At least we can beat App. State!!
  • by paoliPirate Location: N carolina on Jun 27, 2010 at 03:16 AM
    yes, and you lost to Appy St there!
  • by Wolverine on Jun 26, 2010 at 08:21 PM
    What's there to brag about? My teams stadium holds 108,000!

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