College & Professional Athletics
College & Professional Athletics
College Athletics – East Carolina University Pirates
East Carolina University maintains an extensive intercollegiate athletic program. Sanctioned by the NCAA, the university fields athletic teams in football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s golf, women’s soccer, volleyball, softball, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s cross country, and men’s and women’s track and field.
ECU’s athletic complex includes Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium (football, 50,000 seats), Minges Coliseum (basketball, 8000 seats) and Natatorium, Clark-LeClair Stadium (baseball, 5000 seats), indoor and outdoor facilities for tennis, and the Olympic Sports Complex. The Olympic Complex contains a soccer stadium (1000 seats), softball stadium (1000 seats), a stand-alone eight-lane polyurethane track, and a 20,000 sf support building serving all Olympic sports. The Ward Sports Medicine Building houses the football locker room, student development offices, sports medicine facilities, and offices for athletic administration and football. The Murphy Center is located between Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium and Minges Coliseum and houses a 22,000 sf strength and conditioning center for Pirate athletes as well as meeting rooms that double as tutoring facilities during the week and gathering areas to entertain prospective student athletes on game days. A second floor banquet area is also utilized for university and athletic events. The newest feature on the athletic grounds is a two-story, 48,000 sf practice facility with separate courts for men’s and women’s basketball. At a cost of $17 million, the building also houses men’s and women’s coaches’ office suites, locker rooms, and team meeting rooms as well as the ECU Athletics Hall of Fame.
East Carolina begins competition as a full member of the American Athletic Conference in July 2014. The 2014-15 members of the American are University of Central Florida (UCF), University of Cincinnati, University of Connecticut, East Carolina University, University of Houston, University of Memphis, Southern Methodist University (SMU), University of South Florida (USF), Temple University, Tulane University, and the University of Tulsa. The US Naval Academy joins as a football-only member in 2015-16. The American sponsors 21 sports and has automatic NCAA bids in volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, and baseball.
Football is the mainstay of ECU’s athletic program and the 2014 schedule features home games against NC Central, North Carolina, SMU, Connecticut, Tulane and UCF. Away games will be played at South Carolina, Virginia Tech, USF, Temple, Cincinnati, and Tulsa.
More information on upcoming schedules can be obtained by calling (252) 328-4522 or visiting www.ecupirates.com.
College Athletics – Pitt Community College Bulldogs
Pitt Community College fields athletic teams in men’s basketball, baseball, women’s volleyball, and women’s fast-pitch softball competing in Region X of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
Men’s Basketball and Women’s Volleyball games are played in the Charles Coburn Center located on the PCC Campus in the Ed & Joan Warren Building. Baseball games are played in the Minges-Overton Baseball Complex also located on campus. The softball games are played at nearby Winterville Recreation Park.
For more information on tickets or schedules, call (252) 493-7633 or visit www.pccbulldogathletics.com
The Class A baseball team Carolina Mudcats is located one hour away in Zebulon. The franchise plays in the Carolina League and is currently affiliated with the Cleveland Indians.
The Mudcats play in the Five County Stadium which has a seating capacity of 6,500. The Stadium is easily accessible from US264 and ample parking is available.
Ticket prices for 2014 are premium field level seating – $12.00; box seats – $11.00; general admission – $7.00; and Cattails skybox seats – $15.00. Children 3 and under are free; children 4-6 are $4.00. Military, seniors (65+), children 7-12, and students (with id), receive $1 off admission (except for premium and cattails seats). Season tickets and group rates are also available.
For schedules and more information, call the Carolina Mudcats at 919-269-2287 or visit www.carolinamudcats.com
The Carolina Hurricanes are members of the Southeast Division of the National Hockey League’s Eastern Conference. Formerly the Hartford Whalers, the team moved to North Carolina in 1997 and now plays in the PNC Center in Raleigh, a 90-minute drive from Pitt County. In 2002, the team won the first conference championship in franchise history and earned its first trip to the Stanley Cup finals. In 2006, the team once again won the Eastern Division Championship and went on to win its first Stanley Cup in an exciting seven game series against the Edmonton Oilers.
For schedules and ticket information, call the Carolina Hurricanes Hockey Club at (866) NHL-CANES or visit www.carolinahurricanes.com.