Dec. 8, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina has accepted an invitation to play in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Dec. 23, according to a joint announcement by bowl officials and Conference USA Sunday.
Kickoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. against Ohio, which will enter the bowl season with an overall mark of 7-5 and a Mid-American Conference record of 4-4. The Pirates and Bobcats have faced off twice previously as ECU posted 55-45 and 21-14 wins during the 1996 and 1998 campaigns, respectively.
"While it is an honor to compete in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl, the opportunity to take our team and Pirate Nation to the Tampa-St. Petersburg area will make this trip even more exciting," ECU Head Coach Ruffin McNeill said. "We're looking forward to the challenge of accomplishing a 10-win season, something that has only been done once in the history of our program, and allowing a special group of seniors a chance to play for a bowl championship."
Bowl tickets are on sale now via Bowl Ticket Central, East Carolina's online post-season ticketing platform, or by placing orders over the phone or in person at the ECU Athletics Ticket Office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Ticket prices of $55 and $35 have been established for lower (100 and 200) and upper (300) level seating areas, respectively, while a $20 ticket is available for purchase by ECU students. In addition, the Miller Lite Party Deck ($200) location is also available.
For additional information, such as travel packages and a schedule of events, fans are encouraged to visit ECU's devoted bowl page - Pirates In the Post-Season .
East Carolina (9-3, 6-2 C-USA) will be making its seventh bowl appearance in the last eight years. The Pirates played in the Papajohns.com Bowl in 2006, the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl in 2007, the AutoZone Liberty Bowl after the 2008 and 2009 seasons, the Military Bowl in 2010 and the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl last December.