ECU Athletics releases 2017 football schedule

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - The 2017 East Carolina University football schedule was released today and it includes seven homes games and nine of the contests against postseason conference qualifiers.

For the first time in school history, Pirate fans will have an opportunity to watch seven regular season games at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

After playing five home games among its first seven overall contests, ECU will conversely close the year with three road visits in its last five outings.

"While the challenge is obviously significant, the opportunity it creates is something we fully embrace," second-year East Carolina Head Coach Scottie Montgomery said.

Last year, East Carolina finished with a 3-9 overall record and tied for fourth in the American Athletic Conference's East Division.

Sept. 2 - JAMES MADISON (Pirate Club Day)
Sept. 9 - at West Virginia
Sept. 16 - VIRGINIA TECH (Family Weekend / Paint It Gold)
Sept. 30 - *USF (Faculty Staff Appreciation Day)
Oct. 7 - *TEMPLE (Hall Of Fame / Paint It Black)
Oct. 14 - *at UCF
Oct. 21 - BYU (Homecoming / Paint It Purple)
Oct. 28 - *at Houston
Nov. 4 - *at Connecticut
Nov. 11 - *TULANE (Military Appreciation)
Nov. 18 - *CINCINNATI (Senior Day)
Nov. 25 - *at Memphis
Dec. 2 - AAC Championship Game (highest-seed campus site) - ABC/ESPN
*Bold indicates home games

Season tickets are on sale now with packages starting as low as $175 each. The priority deadline to order is April 1.

Purchases may be made via ECU's Online Ticket Center or by calling the Athletics Ticket Office at (252) 737-4500.