UPDATE: ECU Says "Game On"

From ECUpirates.com:

After reviewing information and the latest forecast from the National Weather Service (NWS) Saturday morning, East Carolina University officials announced that the West Virginia-East Carolina football game will kickoff at 4:30 p.m. later today at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium as scheduled.

(See parking changes below-they still apply)

GREENVILLE - Although the start time of Saturday's football game between West Virginia and East Carolina is still scheduled for 4:30 p.m. as of Thursday afternoon, director of athletics Terry Holland has announced the implementation of parking operational changes for Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium and its adjacent areas.

All parking lots will open three hours before kickoff to allow adequate drainage in the event of possible localized flooding caused by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Hanna. In addition, tents and tow cookers will be prohibited from entering the lots as a courtesy to others should there be space limitations. Fans are also encouraged to carpool and share rides to the game to help alleviate additional congestion.

"We want as many Pirate fans here as possible, but at the same time, we want them to exercise personal responsibility in making their decisions," Holland said. "We will need the help of all fans who attend the game. I want to encourage everyone to figure out ways of getting here that might be a little different than normal in order to help others whose parking spaces might be affected."

Operational changes related to parking include the relocation of the Softball Field Lot to the Belk Lot, which will eliminate all general public parking spaces in that lot. There will not be any anticipated changes to any handicapped lots.

An update on the situation will be released by ECU officials mid-day Friday.

•The game will kick off at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 6 (based on the best information available at this time)

•The parking lots will open three hours prior to kickoff

•Tents and tow cookers are prohibited in all parking lots

•Fans are encouraged to carpool (double-occupancy preferred)

•Softball Lot moved to Belk Lot

•All general public parking spaces in Belk Lot eliminated

•No anticipated changes to all handicapped lots.

•An update on the situation will be released by ECU officials mid-day Friday.

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