Businesses prepare for Pirate football

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Pirate season is a week away and local businesses are gearing up for the first football game of the season. “We are ready for that game,” said Scott Kent.

ECU students and local businesses in Greenville are ready to tackle football season this year.

“Our game day business is 10 to 12 times our regular day, so we stock up big in the fall for football season, we have six game days every year and there are thousands of people in U.B.E on game day,” explained Don Edwards.

President of University Book Exchange, Don Edwards, says planning for pirate football season starts months in advance, with ordering merchandise from vendors. “We staff up big, we just plan a head and we have tripled the staff we have for game day. We’re like any other business, we schedule for the busy times.”

Sup Dogs is also bringing in more waitresses and bartenders for the games.

“We’re expecting it to be really busy, definitely extra staff with people day drinking, drinking at night and tailgating,” said Alyssa Santangelo.

Bartender Alyssa Santangelo says a transit system picks students up from Sup Dogs and takes them to the game. “ECU is definitely is a very big party school, especially during football season, so to get people to the downtown we use the busses.”

Pirate football season is ready for kickoff on Saturday.

“I’m ready to see us take that first win home,” explained Kent.

If you are headed to the game, do not forget you’re not allowed alcohol, umbrellas, or flags with poles.

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