As the season draws nearer, everyone is anticipating the arrival of their season tickets and parking passes. Many of you may have received your tickets and beginning on Friday many will begin to see their parking passes arrive in the mail as well. With the growth of the ECU facilities come many consequences. Some see them as good, others see them as bad (I guess that all depends on whether you parked in the softball field lot last year).
With the construction of the Women’s Softball Stadium slated to begin on August 15, the Softball Lot will be closed off for parking during the 2009 football season. I am sure many of you were affected and I share your sentiments. However, it is hard to argue with the growth of ECU and its athletic program. I am thrilled to see the women’s softball team get a new stadium (which they are well deserved of) and I hope you all plan on being there for opening day in 2010. For those of you who are without parking passes, you are in luck. According to @ecupirateclub (the Pirate Club’s twitter account), there are some Belk Lot passes still available. For $50 a season you can park with walking distance from Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
Another change this year to parking is the implementation of round trip bus service to and from the hospital to the stadium. Leaving from the Brody School of Medicine, climate controlled busses will take fans to and from the games. Shuttle service is $5.o0 round trip and begins 2 1/2 hrs. prior to kick off an ends 1 1/2 hrs. after the game. Thus, you will have plenty of time to drink your pirate beverages of choice both pre and post game. In order for the shuttles to run smoothly and have ample room to drop of fans, 14th St will be closed off 3 hrs. prior to kickoff and 1 1/2 hrs. after the game ends. The closings will run from Charles Blvd. to Berkley Road.
According to www.ecupirates.com
DIRECTIONS TO REMOTE PARKING FOR EAST CAROLINA FOOTBALL
264 east turns into Stantonsburg Road (toward Greenville Downtown)
Left on Moye Boulevard
Left on North Campus Loop at North East Gate lot entrance
Immediate right into Lot(s) A, B and C
GENERAL PUBLIC ACCESSIBLE (HANDICAP) PARKING
Individuals who need accessible parking can park on campus in front of Christenbury Gym/Brewster Building/Fletcher Music Center (or in the Brody School of Medicine lots) and ride accessible, climate-controlled buses to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium and back to their cars after the game. Vehicles will only be admitted to the Christenbury Gym lot with a valid state issued Handicap Parking Pass that must be registered in the name of one of the vehicle’s passengers. Ownership of the placard will be subject to verification.
Parking is free with a $5.00/per person round-trip bus fare. Shuttle service begins 2 1/2 hours prior to kickoff (stadium gates open 2 hours prior to kickoff) and operates for 1 1/2 hours after the game.
DIRECTIONS TO ACCESSIBLE PARKING
Lots are located in front of Christenbury Gymnasium/Brewster Building/Fletcher Music Center along 10th Street on the East Carolina campus.
It is great to see ECU administration taking a proactive stance on parking around Dowdy-Ficklen. With the proposed end zone expansion that will add 7000 seats to the stadium, there will definatley be a need for more parking and increased bus transportation to and from the stadium.