Senior Trent Tignor
July 26, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The 19th Annual Meet the Pirates event, East Carolina's preseason football fanfest presented by Bright Leaf Hot Dogs, is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 17 inside Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium from 5-8 p.m. This year's activities will once again be open to the public, family friendly and free for all in attendance.
Pirate football fans are invited to receive autographs from head coach Ruffin McNeill and the 2013 team from 6-7:30 p.m. To help ensure everyone in attendance has a chance to meet all the players and Coach McNeill, fans are asked to please limit their autograph requests to one item per person.
Posters, schedule cards and magnets with game information will be available for free to fans. Other attractions include inflatable rides and games as well as the ECU cheerleaders and dance team. The spirit squads will be performing stunts and handing out stick-on Pirate tattoos. Bright Leaf Hot Dogs will also be on hand providing samples of their Bright Leaf Classic Red Hot Dogs.
ARAMARK concessions and a Dowdy Student Stores souvenir booth, which will have the latest in Pirate 2013 sideline gear and apparel, will be open beneath The Boneyard section of the stands adjacent to the east endzone. Fans are asked to keep their food and beverages off the football playing surface.
Photo opportunities with East Carolina's live swashbuckling mascot, PeeDee and the Pirate skull entrance tunnel will be complimentary via ECU Athletic Marketing on PeeDee's Promos Facebook page.
Fans are asked to enter through Gate 8 or 10 on the north side of the stadium.
The Pirates open the 2013 season at home on Saturday, Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. against Old Dominion in a game that will be regionally televised on FOX College Sports.
In addition to this year's festivities, fans that have not purchased their 2013 season tickets can test out selected open seats that are still available for purchase. Ticket office and Pirate Club representatives will be on hand to assist fans and take orders.
Season tickets for East Carolina's 2013 home football schedule are on sale now. Season ticket packages start as low as $150 in the upper deck, while lower level ticket locations begin at $200 and require a Pirate Club membership. Tickets can be purchased by calling the ECU Athletic Ticket Office at 252-737-4500 or through the Online Ticket Center. For more information on the Pirate Club, visit www.ecupirateclub.com.
Sales for single-game tickets will begin on Monday, Aug. 5 at 9 a.m.