Frequently Asked Questions
How much are tickets and where can I purchase them?
All tickets will be available online at www.ECUPirates.com starting Sunday, December 8, 2013. Ticket orders will also be accepted over the phone or in person at the ECU Athletic Ticket Office Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. starting Monday, December 9, 2013. The ECU Athletic Ticket Office can also be reached during those same hours of operation at (252) 737-4500. All tickets purchased through the ECU Ticket Office directly benefit the ECU Athletic Department.
Party Deck - $200
100 & 200 level seating - $55
300 level seating - $35
ECU students - $20
Ticket donations - $20
How do I receive the tickets I purchased?
Bowl game tickets will be shipped via UPS on December 16. Will Call orders will be available for pick-up at the Athletic Ticket Office on December 17 or at the stadium on the day of the game.
Where is the ECU section?
Fans that purchase tickets through the ECU Athletic Ticket Office will all be sat together. The specific ECU sections are 101, 102, 104, 106, 108, 110, 112, 114, 116, 118, 120 and 313. Click HERE for a full diagram of Tropicana Field.
How will actual ticket locations for ECU fans be determined/allocated?
Of the tickets given to ECU for purchase, the Pirate Club priority system will be used to determine how the tickets are allocated. After the priority deadline of December 13, tickets will be allocated based on the best seats available at the time of the order.
How do I pick up my tickets at Will Call?
Will Call is located at Tropicana Field's Gate 5 and will open at 10 a.m. on game day and will remain open until the end of the first quarter. Will Call pick-up information will be emailed to customers who request their tickets to be held at Will Call.
I can't attend the game but want to support ECU. How can I do that?
You can click HERE to donate a $20 ticket to help send fellow Pirate fans to the game.
How do I get there?
There are three major airports which service the Tampa/St. Pete Area. They are:
Tampa International Airport (TPA)
4100 George J Bean Inbound Pkwy
Tampa, FL 33607
Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ)
6000 Airport Circle
St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE)
14700 Terminal Blvd.
Two major Interstate highways that originate outside the state - I-75 and I-95 - and one that traverses the state, I-4, serve Florida. Interstate 75 runs the length of Florida's west coast, and I-275 connects I-75 with the St. Petersburg / Clearwater area.
Driving times and distance from:
Greenville, N.C. is 725 miles, which is approximately 10 hours, 30 minutes
Raleigh, N.C. is 675 miles, which is approximately 9 hours, 45 minutes
Charlotte, N.C. is 600 miles, which is approximately 8 hours, 50 minutes
Atlanta, Ga. is 475 miles, which is approximately 6 hours, 45 minutes
Driving times and distance to St. Petersburg from cities within the state of Florida are:
Fort Lauderdale is 249 miles, which is approximately 3 hours, 45 minutes
Fort Myers is 118 miles, which is approximately 1 hour, 50 minutes
Miami is 269 miles, which is approximately 4 hours, 10 minutes
Orlando is 107 miles, which is approximately 90 minutes
Tampa is 24 miles, which is approximately 30 minutes
From Raleigh,N.C., Amtrak offers one train to St. Petersburg, Fla. (Station Building) with an estimated travel time of 15 hours and 21 minutes.
Where should I stay?
There are a multitude of hotels to stay at in the Tampa / St. Petersburg area; however, these are the hotels affiliated with ECU and the Beef `O' Brady's Bowl.
The Renaissance Vinoy Resort (Official Team Hotel)
501 5th Avenue NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Tradewinds Island Resort (Official Bowl Hotel, Band and Cheerleaders)
5500 Gulf Blvd
St Pete Beach, FL 33706
Phone: (727) 367-6461
The Sirata Beach Resort and Conference Center (Official Media Hotel)
5300 Gulf Boulevard
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
Other hotels endorsed and recommended by the Beef `O' Brady's Bowl are listed HERE.
Is there an official Pirates pre-game tailgate or gathering?
The Pirate Club and ECU Alumni Association will be sponsoring the "ECU Pregame Tailgate Party" between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. prior to the game on Monday, December 23. The gathering will take place at Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill located at 320 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33705 and features a buffet lunch that includes traditional game day items like hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken wings and sides. Register online to receive more information and to purchase tickets for the "ECU Pregame Tailgate Party", which are $25, by clickingHERE. You can also purchase your tailgate ticket in person from the ECU Athletic Ticket Office.
The Beef `O' Brady's Bowl will also host an official pre-game Fan Tailgate Extravaganza that is open and free to the public from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
What are some of the Beef `O' Brady's Bowl Events fans can attend?
Please click HERE for a complete list and description of bowl events
Where will the game be broadcast?
The game will be televised nationally on ESPN. Pirate Football may be heard throughout North Carolina as well as portions of South Carolina and Virginia via the Pirate IMG Radio Network. Click HERE for a complete list of the radio affiliates.
Where can I park and tailgate for the game?
PUBLIC PARKING - Parking will be available for $20 per vehicle. Lots open at 8 a.m. on December 23.
RV/MOTOR HOMES - There will be motor home parking available at Tropicana Field beginning on Sunday, December 22 at 8 a.m. RV's must vacate parking lot following the bowl game on Monday, December 23. There are no hook-ups available. For more information contact the Parking Manager (Sammy Arena) at (727) 825-3368 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tailgating is permitted at Tropicana Field. Parking lots open at 1:30 p.m. on game day. Gas grills are preferred, charcoal grills are allowed as well.
Fan Tailgate Extravaganza is open to all fans and will take place on December 23 from 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Tropicana Field, Lot 6. It will have a game day interactive area with entertainment for fans of all ages. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.
What time do things open on gameday?
Parking Lots open at 8 a.m.
Stadium Ticket Office opens at 9 a.m.
Will Call opens at 10 a.m.
Stadium Gates open at Noon 12 noon
How do I get to Tropicana Field?
Here are some traffic routes from various Tampa Bay area locations:
How can I purchase official Beef `O' Brady's Bowl gear?
Official bowl merchandise can be purchased at www.stpetersburgbowl.com.
What is there to do in the Tampa / St. Petersburg / Clearwater area?
To find out more about the Tampa / St. Petersburg / Clearwater area, visit these three websites:
Tampa Bay: http://www.visittampabay.com
St. Petersburg Clear Water: Visiting Center
St. Petersburg: Official Visitors Guide
How do I get around the Tampa/St. Pete area?
BATS Taxi Co. - (727) 367-3702
Blue Star Cab - (727) 327-4104
Clearwater Yellow Cab Co. - (727) 525-3333
Independent Taxi Service - (727) 327-3444
St. Petersburg Yellow Cab Co. (Clearwater) - (727) 821-7777
Yellow Cab - (727) 799-2222
Local Public Transportation
Jolley Trolley, Clearwater: http://www.clearwaterjolleytrolley.com
Looper, St. Petersburg: http://www.loopertrolley.com
The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA): http://www.psta.net/index.php
Suncoast Beach Trolley: http://www.psta.net/beachtrolley.php
Where is there to eat while in St. Petersburg?
For a list of restaurants recommended and endorsed by the Beef `O' Brady's Bowl, click HERE.
I cannot attend the game, but want to watch with other Pirate fans. Are there watch parties?
The ECU Alumni Association will host watch parties in various locations to give our alumni a chance to gather and cheer on their alma mater. For complete information on all watch parties, click HERE.