Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium Access Halted
July 21, 2010
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The T.A. Loving Company, in conjunction with the East Carolina University Department of Athletics, has instituted and will enforce a no-entry policy effective immediately for Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium according to an announcement from ECU Assistant Athletics Director for Administrative Affairs J.J. McLamb Wednesday.
McLamb cited construction hazards and deadline constraints as reasons for the general public access ban for the facility, which is in the final stages of a 7,000-seat endzone and new videoboard addition project. In addition, T.A. Loving Company is also overseeing the installation of 10,200 new chairback seats on the north and south stands inside the stadium. Included on the no-entry list are exercise groups or individuals who routinely run stadium steps or the north side ramp as an exercise routine.
"As we approach the final weeks before the completion of this project, we've been asked by T.A. Loving Company to assist in maintaining a safe work zone and limit their interruptions as much as possible," McLamb said. "While we appreciate the interest and curiosity in what has developed into an impressive facility, pedestrian traffic has become unmanageable, and quite frankly, dangerous. I hope our fans can understand and appreciate that."
McLamb also added that people trying to gain entry inside the stadium has resulted in random acts of vandalism - an activity that, in the future, will result in criminal prosecution.
While the Pirates will officially open an expanded Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium Sept. 5 when they meet Tulsa, fans can get an early look by attending the annual "Meet The Pirates" event Saturday, Aug. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m.