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The 25th Annual "Meet The Pirates" event presented by Piggly Wiggly Fresh Buy, East Carolina's preseason football fanfest, is scheduled for Saturday, August 17 at Bagwell Field inside Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium from 4-8 p.m.
Activities will once again be open to the public, family-friendly and free for all in attendance. Entry into the stadium will be through Gate 2 (south side). The Pirate Equipment Sale will be held on the concourse, also on the south side of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
New additions for 2019 will be a guided tour for all attendees through the recently completed TowneBank Tower, interactive games with our women's soccer and volleyball teams and the Pirate Equipment Sale.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
4:00 PM — 8:00 PM
— Pirate Equipment Sale
4:00 PM — 7:00 PM
— Tours of TowneBank Tower
6:00 PM — 8:00 PM
— Autographs, Interactive Games, Inflatables
Pirate football fans are invited to receive autographs from first-year head coach Mike Houston
and the 2019 team during the event. Complimentary posters and schedule cards with game information will be available for all fans. To help ensure everyone in attendance has a chance to meet every player and Coach Houston, fans are asked to limit their autograph requests to ONLY one (1) item per person.
Fans will also have a chance to secure autographs from the soccer and volleyball programs, as well as the cheerleaders, dance team and PeeDee during the same window of time. Other attractions include inflatable activities and the pirate skull entrance for photo opportunities, while several Piggly Wiggly vendors will be on hand to offer fans tailgate samples throughout the event.
ARAMARK concessions and the Dowdy Student Stores souvenir booth, which will have the latest in Pirate merchandise including items suitable for autographing for each sport, will be open beneath the south side of the lower-level grandstands. Fans are asked to keep their food and beverages off the football field.
The Pirates will open the 2019 season at North Carolina State on Saturday, August 31 with a 12 noon (ET) scheduled kickoff.
As in past years, fans who have not purchased their 2019 season tickets will have the opportunity to do so at the event. Fans can test out selected open seats that are available to purchase as season tickets. Ticket office and Pirate Club representatives will be on hand to assist and take orders.
Season tickets remain on sale with tickets starting at $99 each. Single game tickets for all seven home games this season are also available. Purchases may be made via ECU's Online Ticket Center
or by calling the Athletics Ticket Office at (800) DIAL-ECU.