Nov. 8, 2006
GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina University will observe a moment of remembrance and eternally honor the 1970 Marshall University football team with a plaque unveiling ceremony Saturday morning at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium prior to the Conference USA contest between to the two programs later that afternoon.
The ceremony will honor the 75 men and women who lost their lives on November 14, 1970 in what is still considered as the most catastrophic airplane accident in the history of American athletics. The jet plane carrying the Marshall team, coaching staff, administrators, fans and crew was returning to Huntington after the Thundering Herd and Pirates had played earlier in the day at Ficklen Stadium in Greenville.
East Carolina University Chancellor Dr. Steve Ballard and Marshall President Dr. Stephen Kopp will be the featured speakers prior to the unveiling of a memorial plaque which will be on display at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
The general public is invited to attend the ceremony which will begin at 10:45 a.m. outside the visiting team entrance gate adjacent to West Berkely Drive across from Elmhurst Elementary School. All stadium gates will open at 11:00 a.m. with kickoff scheduled for 1:00 p.m.