ECU football postpones season opener with Marshall

Published: Aug. 27, 2020 at 1:53 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 27, 2020 at 2:34 PM EDT
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – East Carolina University announced Thursday the season-opening football game against Marshall on September 12 in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium has been postponed because of COVID-19.

“We are disappointed we won’t be able to host Marshall for our season-opener, but our top priority remains the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, staff, fans and our community,” ECU AD Jon Gilbert said in a press release. “Mike Hamrick and Marshall have been tremendous to work with as we work to reschedule the game.”

ECU is now scheduled to open the 2020 season on September 26 against the UCF, according to a revised AAC schedule released Thursday.

The Pirates and Thundering Herd plan to reschedule the game sometime this fall, but that date has yet to be determined.

Regarding fans being allowed inside Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, Gilbert said: “We anticipate having fans in the stadium in 2020 and will be implementing safety measures and COVID-19 protocols in conjunction with local health officials. This continues to be a fluid situation and we can’t wait to all be together again in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium rooting on the Pirates. The support of Pirate Nation means everything to our athletic department and we continue to ask for your patience and understanding. It’s imperative we continue to look out for each other and stay safe as we go through this pandemic.”

The AAC also announced that ECU’s game at Cincinnati was pushed back from November 12 to November 14.

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