ECU won’t have fans at home football opener

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East Carolina University (Photo: WNCT)

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WTVD) — East Carolina’s season-opening football game against UCF on September 26 in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium will be played without fans in the stands because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the university announced Wednesday.

“This is disappointing news to deliver to Pirate Nation,” Athletics Director Jon Gilbert said. “Currently, it is in the best interest to proceed without fans for our first home game after consulting with local and state health officials. We are optimistic we will be able to host fans in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium during the 2020 season at the appropriate time.”

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The UCF contest will include only essential game management and broadcast personnel, and a limited number of media members.

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