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
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