East Carolina Pirates Football

East Carolina Pirates Football

The East Carolina Pirates is a college football team that represents East Carolina University (variously "East Carolina" or "ECU"). The team is currently a member of the Conference USA, which is a Division I Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

The Pirates have won seven conference championships and eight bowl games. The Pirates have 20 All-Americans over its history. Four players have their jerseys retired.

The team was founded in Greenville, North Carolina, in 1932. The team played home games at College Stadium on the main campus from the 1949 to the 1962 season. With the exception of the 1999 Miami football game, they have played their home games at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium every year since 1963. The stadium is located south of East Carolina’s main campus near the intersection of South Charles Boulevard and 14th Street.

The coaches and administrative support is located in the Ward Sports Medicine Building, which is located adjacent to the stadium. Strength and conditioning for the players occurs in the Murphy Center, which is located in the west end zone of Dowdy-Ficklen. The Pirates scrimmages at adjoining practice facilities named the Cliff Moore Practice Facility.

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