Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium Access Halted

GREENVILLE, N.C. - The T.A. Loving Company, in conjunction with the East Carolina University Department of Athletics, has instituted and will enforce a no-entry policy effective immediately for Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium according to an announcement from ECU Assistant Athletics Director for Administrative Affairs J.J. McLamb Wednesday.

McLamb cited construction hazards and deadline constraints as reasons for the general public access ban for the facility, which is in the final stages of a 7,000-seat endzone and new videoboard addition project. In addition, T.A. Loving Company is also overseeing the installation of 10,200 new chairback seats on the north and south stands inside the stadium. Included on the no-entry list are exercise groups or individuals who routinely run stadium steps or the north side ramp as an exercise routine.

"As we approach the final weeks before the completion of this project, we've been asked by T.A. Loving Company to assist in maintaining a safe work zone and limit their interruptions as much as possible," McLamb said. "While we appreciate the interest and curiosity in what has developed into an impressive facility, pedestrian traffic has become unmanageable, and quite frankly, dangerous. I hope our fans can understand and appreciate that."

While the Pirates will officially open an expanded Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium Sept. 5 when they meet Tulsa, fans can get an early look by attending the annual “Meet The Pirates” event Saturday, Aug. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m.

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  • by Neo Location: Reality on Jul 26, 2010 at 06:23 AM
    Who Cares?
  • by lookingforward on Jul 22, 2010 at 01:13 PM
    makes me wonder what people have been doing around the construction now that it is almost finished I look forward to seeing it Go Pirates!, and how about a few concerts in the stadium with 50,000 we can pull some big name bands
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jul 22, 2010 at 07:12 AM
    If it speeds up the process, then I'd say it's a good idea. It's still going to look magnificent.
  • by hmm on Jul 21, 2010 at 05:52 PM
    lemme get this was safe and ok for people to come in when it was actually being built, but now that pretty much everything is in place, it isnt safe anymore?

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