GAME DAY: ECU Beats NC Central In Home Opener

Thousands came out to watch East Carolina University beat NC Central 52 to 7 Saturday night at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greenville.

As it has for the past eight years, ECU has already surpassed the 20,000 milestone in season ticket sales.

Check our "Related Links" to the right of this story for ticket information, as well as how to enter WITN's ticket giveaway to the UNC vs. ECU game in Greenville September 20.

This weekend is family weekend, Pirate Club weekend and "Paint It Gold!" Fans are encouraged to wear Pirate gold.

The non-conference match-up is the first time ECU and North Carolina Central will meet up on the football field.

The athletics department has announced new additions to the game day experience for 2014.

The pregame show began 20 minutes before kickoff this year, featuring the "Storm Is Coming" video as well as PeeDee's entrance. The marching band also unveiled its new video, and the Pirates entered the stadium with a new production six minutes before the game.

According to a release, "Dowdy-Ficklen stadium had an additional 40 cell points so fans can interact with one another via their favorite social media outlets."

There were new concession stands available outside the stadium for tailgating. The locations, which sold ice among other items, were outside Gate 10 and near the Clark-LeClair Stadium. They open one-hour prior to the games typically, but Saturday they opened from 2-5 p.m.

Two and a half hours before kickoff this season, fans were able to get autographs and take photos with PeeDee.

WITN Sports Director Billy Weaver and Chris Obarski will have more reaction from the blowout victory in Sunday night's sports report.

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