In Game

Despite not being a well-known football institution nationally, ECU provides one of the best gameday experiences in the nation. The fans here are some of the rowdiest, and you’ll find that these rowdy fans create an incredible atmosphere that makes the trip to Greenville, NC well worth your while.

ECU fans brim with passion in pride in their team, which has been especially apparent recently as the team climbs its way up the college football ranks. All Throughout Greenville you’ll see people dressed head to toe in purple and gold on game day, which produces a great atmosphere that translates directly to the atmosphere in the stadium. This strong passion for all things Pirates football creates a great experience for Pirates fans and neutrals, however, if you’re coming to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium as a visiting fan expect to hear some heckling as Pirates pride is on full display here.

The most vocal section at any Pirates game is the “Boneyard.” The “Boneyard” is the nickname of the student section of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, which is often the most raucous part of the entire stadium. Chants and screaming fans will be heard from this section all throughout both the stadium and the game, so if you’re sitting here then come prepared to bring your vocal chords and cheer on the Pirates.

A Pirates game is also filled with plenty of pageantry and tradition, which last the entire game from the  Purple Haze intro to the raising of the No Quarter Flag. You’ll no doubt feel that you are at one of the premier college football venues in the American Athletic Conference during your visit to Greenville.

Things to check out


Like any great Pirates themed team ECU has a cannon that they fire off before every home game. The cannon not only fires up the crowd but also strikes fear into the heart of any team making the trip to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

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Jolly Roger

The Pirates reveal their “true colors” by lifting up a flag which is a skull and crossbones with a purple captain’s hat 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.

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.

Purple Haze

This classic Jimi Hendrix song is played before every home game as the players enter the field through a cloud of purple smoke. The intro gets everyone excited to cheer on the Pirates throughout the game, which gets things started off on the right foot.

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"No Quarter"

At the beginning of the fourth quarter, the fans are greeted with the raising of the “No Quarter” flag. The flag is a representation of a pirate battle in which the enemy would not surrender, and thus the Pirates must have no mercy on them. The flag signifies that the Pirates won’t give up in the final quarter and will finish off the opposition to come away with the W.

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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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Fight Songs

  1. E.C. 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.

  3. We Know We’re the Finest

    We Know We’re the Finest

  4. Onward to Victory, Go Pirates

    Onward to Victory,
    Go Pirates!

  5. Pirates, arrrrrggg

    A unique chant that is done at a Pirates home game, is that after the Pirates convert a first down. The PA announcer says, “First Down” and the Pirates faithful respond by saying, “Pirates, arrrrrggg”.

    First Down!
    Pirates, arrrrrggg!

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