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East Carolina University officially dedicated the Stewart Johnson Soccer Stadium in the presence of Tapley O. Johnson, III, president of TAPCO Underwriters, Inc., in a ceremony prior to the Pirates' match versus Campbell on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. Johnson pledged $1.25 million to the East Carolina University Educational Foundation, also known at the Pirate Club, in March 2010. The gift topped his initial gift 2009, which set up a $250,000 football position endowment in memory of his great uncle and ECU Athletics Hall of Fame member Jim Johnson. The additional $1 million provided the necessary funds to assist with the enhancement of Olympic sports facilities.
The stadium, named in honor of his daughter Mary Stewart Johnson and opened in the summer of 2011, features a 1,000-seat capacity, including 192 chair back seats and numerous added fan amenities. The sand-based field measures 120 yards by 75 yards with Tifway 419 Bermuda grass and has a state of the art drainage system that can drain up to 26 inches an hour. A fully air-conditioned and carpeted press box comprising two radio booths, a television booth and three camera platforms rises behind the purple chair back seats.
Amenities for those in attendance include a concession stand, ample restroom facilities, new scoreboard with video board and state of the art sound system.