Changes Taking Place for Improved Football Game Day Experience
Aug 28, 2013
This Saturday, football fans coming to Greenville may notice a number of important changes taking place that will affect their gameday planning this season for East Carolina football games in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Changes include updated parking zones with the basketball practice facility approaching completion, shuttle service available from Uptown Greenville, and fan-friendly cooling tents inside the stadium.
ECU Athletics and the Pirate Club have expanded parking to include the lot formerly housing the Stratford Arms apartment complex, which will allow more members to parking access for pre-game tailgating near the stadium. This will coincide with the completion of the Pirate basketball practice facility, an expansion to Minges Coliseum that has created a new footprint to the northern side of the athletic campus. Parking lot changes include renaming of the VIP lot as the Hight Field lot, which is located between Hight Field and the Lower Minges lots. The IMG lot has moved to the paved spaces across 14th Street from Belk Residence Hall, and the gravel lot along 14th Street between Berkley Road and Elm Street has been renamed as the 14th Street lot.
East Carolina is proud to partner with Coke and the City of Greenville to help our fans get "caught green handed." Fans will be provided with Coke recycling bags as they enter parking lots on game day and be asked to recycle all bottles and cans from their tailgate area.
Parking for football fans without reserved spaces will continue to be available in the gravel lots on 14th Street, and a portion of the Carol Belk Building lot along Charles Boulevard. Vehicles will be charged a fee of $20 each in both lots and spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. University lots open six hours prior to kick-off for weekend games (8:00 a.m. for kick-offs earlier than 2:00 p.m.), and no earlier than 3:00 p.m. for weeknight games.
Pirate football fans who need accessible parking assistance may park in the Christenbury Gymnasium lot along 10th Street. Passengers will be able to ride accessible shuttles to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium beginning two (2) hours prior to kick-off and back to their cars up to 90 minutes after the game. Vehicles will only be admitted to the lot with a valid state-issued handicap-parking pass that must be registered in the name of one of the vehicle's passengers. Parking is $20 per vehicle and the round-trip shuttle bus ride is complimentary. View the updated football parking map for a complete breakdown of all parking areas.
A new shuttle for Pirate fans will also be in transit this year. This free service will operate on each home Saturday game with service from U.B.E., Winslow's Market and Deli, Sup Dogs, and Varsity Club. The shuttle runs between Uptown Greenville and the 14th Street-College Hill Drive intersection near Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium three hours before and two hours after each of the five Saturday games.
Delcor Heating and Cooling is also proud to offer a new service to fans inside Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. During the first four home football games, fans will be able to take advantage of cool zones throughout the concourses to help beat the heat and humidity often felt during the fall months in eastern North Carolina. The free service will let fans relax inside a cool environment until they feel refreshed.
Additionally, Pirate Club members possessing both their ticket and Pirate Club card will now be allowed re-entry into the stadium through any stadium gate, throughout the game.
East Carolina will open the 2013 season by hosting Old Dominion at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Aug. 31. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.