East Carolina Pirates Overview

Fast facts

League: Division I (NCAA)

Head Coach: Michael Schwartz

Team Mascot: PeeDee the Pirate

Year Opened: 1968

Capacity: 8000

City / State: Greenville / North Carolina

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

East Carolina Pirates vs UNC Wilmington Seahawks

Rival Team: UNC Wilmington Seahawks

ECU and UNC Wilmington have the met the past four years leading to the development of an emerging non-conference rivalry between the two. If you’re looking to experience a good crowd at Minges Coliseum, then make sure to get tickets when UNC Wilmington are in town.

North Carolina Schools

Rival Team: North Carolina-based Schools

There are always lots of bragging rights on the line whenever a fellow North Carolina-based school comes to Greenville. No matter what in-state opponent is in town, you’ll have a great time cheering on the Pirates to victory.

East Carolina Pirates Stadium Guide

In Game

Greenville is a great sports town despite the fact you won’t find any professional sports teams here. As a result, the ECU Pirates are the pride and joy of Greenville, and it shows on games day when you get thousands of people coming out to support the Pirates men’s basketball team. The Pirates haven’t had a ton of success over the years, but that doesn’t stop the fans, especially the students, from coming out to Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum and cheering on their team.

In addition to the incredible fan support on display. There is also a lot of pageantries to see at an ECU basketball game. ECU’s mascot PeeDee the Pirate does an excellent job of entertaining the crowd, and you’ll see lots of skulls and crossbones around, which give the arena a unique feel. You’ll also have the opportunity to see some ECU history on display if you check out the ECU Athletics Hall of Fame in the adjacent Smith-Williams Center.

Finally, if you’re looking for a fun college town experience, then you’ll find it in the area surrounding Minges Coliseum. There are lots of bars to check out nearby the ECU campus, including Sup Dogs, so check them all out during your trip to Greenville.

An ECU basketball game is a fun game day experience for anyone in North Carolina and an excellent to see some Division I college hoops at a more affordable price than what you’ll pay on Tobacco Road.

Things to check out

ECU Athletics Hall of Fame

When attending a Pirates game, make sure to check out the ECU Athletics Hall of Fame located in the Smith-Williams Center. The Hall of Fame is a must-see for any college sports fan, and the Smith-Williams Center is connected to Minges Coliseum, so there’s no reason for you not to stop by and check it out.

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The Ghost on the Wind

This popular poem is read before many of the home sporting events at East Carolina and is a great school tradition that gets everyone in the mood to cheer on their Pirates.

Jolly Roger

The Pirates reveal their “true colors” by lifting up a flag which is a skull and crossbones with the captain’s hat purple and ECU on it before the game. This declares that the Pirates are going to attack their enemy and is a great way for the Pirates to motivate the team and fans before the game.

PeeDee the Pirate

The lovable mascot of the ECU Pirates can be seen entertaining the crowd at every home game. He is also probably the only Purple Pirate you will ever see in your lifetime, so make sure to take in his antics while at the game.

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Student Section

The most enthusiastic fans at any ECU game can be found in the student section. ECU students bleed purple and gold, so come prepared to hear lots of cheers and taunts when sitting with this rowdy fans.

Fight Songs

  1. EC Victory

    Cheer for East Car’lina,
    Cheer for old E.C.,
    We know we’re the finest,
    Onward to victory!

    Cheer for East Car’lina,
    Cheer on for old E.C.,
    Loyal and Bold,
    we’re the purple and gold,

  2. ECU Alma Mater

    Praise to your name so fair,
    Dear old East Car’lina,
    your joys we’ll all share,
    and your friends we’ll ever be.
    We pledge our loyalty,
    and our heart’s devotion,
    To thee, our Alma Mater,
    love and praise.

East Carolina Pirates Bars & Restaurants

  1. Dickinson Avenue Public House

    Dickinson Avenue Public House

    A lively and eclectic restaurant in Greenville, NC featuring modern, made from scratch American dishes utilizing fresh, local ingredients.

    703 Dickinson Ave, Greenville, NC 27834, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  2. Pantana Bob’s

    Pantana Bobs beer

    A cool place that has good food and drinks!

    513 Cotanche St, Greenville, NC 27858, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  3. Winslow’s


    Winslow's is Eastern North Carolina's premier spot for craft beer selections!

    120 W 5th St, Greenville, NC 27858, USA


    Bar website

    cafe - $$

  4. Hard Times

    Hard Times drink

    This place is flooded with fun, cool vibes, great food and amazing drinks!

    209 E 5th St, Greenville, NC 27858, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  5. Chico’s Mexican Restaurant

    Chicos Mexican Restaurant beer

    It's where Amigos gather to enjoy fresh, authentic Mexican cuisine and delicious Margaritas.

    521 Cotanche St, Greenville, NC 27835, USA


    Bar website

    mexican - $$

  6. The Blackened Kraken Bar & Grill

    The Blackened Kraken Bar and Grill

    At The Blackened Kraken Bar & Grill, we carefully developed our menu to offer a wide array of options, from rich and savory, to light and refreshing.

    123 E 5th St, Greenville, NC 27858, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  7. The Scullery

    The Scullery coffee

    A casual artistic coffee and ice cream shop where you can relax while enjoying delicious fresh food MADE FROM SCRATCH and using LOCAL INGREDIENTS.

    431 Evans St, Greenville, NC 27858, USA


    Bar website

    cafe - $

  8. Christy’s Euro Pub

    Christys Euro Pub drinks

    Looking for a nice relaxing place to grab a bite, a drink, or just come relax and listen to some local bands? Well come hit us up at Christy’s Euro Pub.

    301 S Jarvis St, Greenville, NC 27858, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  9. B’s Barbecue

    Bs Barbecue

    Their barbeque is to die for!

    751 B\'s Barbeque Rd, Greenville, NC 27834, USA


    Bar website

    bbq - $

  10. Sup Dogs

    Sup Dogs

    Ranked 15th Best Hot Dog In America by Business Insider! Sup Dogs Restaurant serves specialty all beef hot dogs along with the freshest made-from-scratch burgers.

    213 E 5th St, Greenville, NC 27858, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  11. Marathon Restaurant

    Marathon Restaurant

    Greenville's Original Greek-American Restaurant Since 1979!

    706 Evans St, Greenville, NC 27834, USA


    Bar website

    american - european - $

  12. Starlight Cafe

    Starlight Cafe

    Serving downtown Greenville the freshest cuisine for over 15 years, along with the finest cocktails.

    104 W 5th St, Greenville, NC 27858, USA


    Bar website

    american - european - $$