Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium expansion to begin in December 2009

Tue, Sep 15, 2009

Featured, Football, Greenville, Pirate Club


ECU has given the go ahead for a 7,000 east endzone expansion beginning this upcoming December.  The Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium expansion has been much talked about and much anticipated over the past year. Student Pirate Club members and the ECU Marching Pirates will be moved from their current location to the 7,000 seat expansion. This would open up 3,500-4,000 seats between the 35 yard lines for Pirate Club members.

Adding this to Dowdy-Ficklen will increase the stadium capacity to 50,000 and help increase our chances of hosting bigger non-conference games as well as moving into the Big East.  This section will encompass the entire SPC as well as the ECU Marching Pirates. Above the 7,000 seats will sit a state-of-the-art HD scoreboard.  The scoreboard screen will be the size of the entire scoreboard that currently sits in the east end zone.  This will provide the fans with greater views of instant replays and other information portrayed on the board. To keep the SPC informed of game info. (downs, yardage, clock, timeouts, ect.) there will be a smaller screen that will be about 30 feet long and 3-5 feet high and it will run along the front of the Murphy Center.


Increasing Dowdy-Ficklen’s capacity to 50,000 will also have an economic impact on Greenville and surrounding areas.  There will be an increase in hotel capacity on football weekends as well as an increase in the amount of sales at local eatery’s.  ECU has already taken proactive measures to make the transition of 7,000 more people coming into the stadium by providing round trip shuttle service to and from the stadium on game days.  The shuttle service was first implemented on September 5 when we faced App. St. The serice provided transportation to 1,500 people traveling to and from the Brody School of Medicine.  Although many of you may not like riding a bus to and from games, I believe it is a much welcomed growing pain.  Our fans have been fortunate to be able to park within a minutes walk of DF stadium.  As our athletic facilites continue to expand, I am sure we will see further decrease in parking around DF-Stadium


All pictures were taken from the East Carolina Pirates Facebook page

We have started posting updates on newer posts so if you haven’t been to the main page, you can click on the dates below to check out our newer blog post with some pictures of the construction updates taken from various sources around the Interwebs.


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17 Comments For This Post

  1. Anonymous Says:

    as a wvu alumni I hope this will bring ECU to the big east. You deserve it now recruit some basketball players

  2. Brodyspub Says:

    Will someone please patrol this site?

  3. SPC Member Says:

    Discussion in a

    Person A: just as a small correction, and not to get to techinical the athletics fee is nearly $500, then you pay $30 for the pirate club passes. Also, not all 27000 students pay the athletics fee, its about 21000 based on FTE (full time equivalencies). Thats so distance ed students and people not utilizing the faciilities are not charged.

    But, I do agree that students should be sat better than the endzone. As the SGA VP I will be sure to let athletics know how you feel!

    Person B: so what your saying is that 21,000 students pay roughly $500 then of those 21,000, another 7,755 students pay an additional $30 to be apart of SPC. If that so then 21,000x$500=$10,500,000 + (7,755x$30=$232,650)=$10,732,650 I think we’ve earned the seats we have

    there’s no way that the SPC and the band will fit in the new section when the SPC continues to grow every year, and since our entrance utilizes the Jumbotron Scoreboard which will be behind the people it’s designed to pump up before the game it’s pretty stupid to put it behind us, we as students provide the players on the field, and are the reason the school exists, no students = no school athletes = no athletic team, besides most of the “major” donors don’t even sit in the stadium they hangout at the Murphy Center in the West End Zone our in the luxury area on the North Side of the Stadium beneath the Upper Deck. Plus our seats are behind the opposing teams bench, we can harass them when they’re on and off the field. Besides the only reason we buy SPC memberships is because of where we sit, as students we get a free home game ticket, to every home game, there’s no incentive to pay an extra $30 for a t-shirt and crappy seats.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    No disrespect but the SPC moneyy is chunk change compared to the Pirate club. As a donor I give $15,000 (sabre) a year and the students should get moved. The new seats will attract alumni to start giving since they can get those seats. This is how schools build for the future and we were students so we have paid our dues. Look at other schools such as UNC they have done the same and it works. Rough out for a few years then you can give like us and get your seats back. Go pirates P.S. half of the students tailgate through the game anyway.

  5. brodyspub1994 Says:

    I am sure that the $500 athletic fee goes toward more than just football tickets. This money is most likely designated for all the various facilities across campus stretching out to the fields on 264 east. As a PC member and graduate – I have not been told that I have access to these facilities.

  6. spc and pc member Says:

    I can definately see both views here. The truth is that I don’t believe that they should move all the students to the endzone. First thing I don’t believe that there will be enough room to move all of them in the endzone anyways. Secondly don’t see why they can’t share the side and endzone. The last thing you want to do is alienate the future alumni. Give them a choise and make them pay more then the endzone seats. Let’s say the normal $30 for the endzone and maybe $100 for 10-40 yardline. Im only 26 but I have been going to games for the last 23 years (dad and brother both graduated here) and I have earned my seat. I will be seating on the sidelines one way or another. I am sure that there will be a decient compromise. Now for the next topic PARKING. Now there is a real problem.

  7. ecu recruit Says:

    im defff goingg to ecuuu

  8. Shane kennnnnnnna Says:

    Awesome expansion, I love it because it sets the tone for the season and it gives them a one up into the big east so that gives the sellers an extra $ 250-500 so that is a good investment and it makes the whole stadium

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