Oct. 13, 2012
GREENVILLE, N.C. - As a show of appreciation to the Pirate Nation for its strong support over the years and a congratulatory tribute for topping the 7 million all-time attendance mark at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium during Memphis game Saturday, the East Carolina Athletics Department announced that it will run a special promotion by offering 700 fans the opportunity to purchase $7 tickets for the Houston game on Nov. 3.
These specially-priced tickets will be available beginning at 7 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14, and are only available on-line on a first-come, first-serve basis by visiting ECU's promotional ticket page to purchase the tickets.
The Pirates opened Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Sept. 21, 1963 with a 20-10 win over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in front of 17,000 fans. Seating in the stadium expanded from 20,000 to 35,000 in 1978, which also marked the first season that ECU reached the 100,000 attendance mark. An upper deck was added to the north side of the facility in 1998 and club-level seating on the same side a year later to expand the capacity 43,000. Most recently, Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium welcomed 7,000 new seats in the east endzone to reach 50,000 prior to the 2010 campaign.
The Pirates have led Conference USA in attendance in each of the last four years and are currently leading the league again this season with an average of 47,326 fans per game. Its average attendance total in 2012 also places East Carolina tops among all non-automatic qualifying BCS Conference members - a category that the Pirates stood first in nationally in 2011, while also ranking 40th among all 120 FBS programs.
East Carolina set new school records during the 2011 campaign in total attendance (300,069) and average attendance (50,012), besting the previous marks of 297,987 and 49,665 - both set in 2010. The Pirates have surpassed the stadium's 50,000 capacity eight times since the latest expansion and set a new single-game attendance mark when 50,610 fans watched ECU battle North Carolina on Oct. 1, 2011.