ECU football will see fewer fans this year, which means fewer visitors in Greenville

The lack of visitors on a game day weekend could total close to a $5 million loss in Pitt County
Published: Sep. 25, 2020 at 9:29 PM EDT
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - ECU’s first football game of the season is Saturday but the stands won’t look nearly as full as they have in the past. That means less traffic and business in the Greenville and Pitt County area.

Fans are gearing up for game day weekend, but they will be watching from their homes rather than at the stadium.

This means Greenville will see a lot fewer people staying in local hotels, eating at restaurants and shopping at area stores.

Hotels, restaurants and other businesses across our state have already suffered a loss due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But now, in a college town, game day will look a lot different.

Marathon Restaurant in Uptown Greenville is one of those restaurants that would be packed but say they are taking a financial hit this football season.

Davis says they would normally get a rush on Saturday, but now they won’t be seeing that many people.

According to Visit Greenville, NC, the loss of visitors on a gameday weekend could total close to a $5 million loss in Pitt County.

President and CEO of Visit Greenville, NC Andrew Schmidt said businesses will suffer but they are just glad the governor allowed outdoor venues to soon have 7 percent capacity.

The 7 percent capacity at outdoor venues like Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium starts next Friday, jam-packed October 2nd.

This Saturday, only parents are allowed at the game.

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