GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Tens of thousands of fans gathered here at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium during the homecoming game. Old and young pirate fans were tail gating this afternoon in parking lots all over town.
“I’m extremely proud to be a pirate,” Bryan Bannon said.
He’s a 1992 graduate of ECU and says it’s good to be backing home. He was raised right here in Greenville.
“Coming here is like nothing else compares. If it wasn’t for the job market or the job that I’m in, I’d be down here now.”
He says a lot has changed since his days in college. “The facilities, new dorms, and when I was here you had a fan for your air conditioning you did not have an AC unit.”
While Bannon graduated over 20 years ago, Brooklyn Kennedy graduated in 2014. She says not much has changed.
“We are in the same parking space; we have the same people in our tailgate. We just love being together,” said Kennedy.
Kennedy planted her roots right here in Greenville after graduating. She and her husband Cory attend every home game.”We invest into east Carolina we love it, we love the tail gating, we love supporting the pirates. We are true pirate fans.”
Kennedy says enjoys the earlier games because she can meet up with old friends after.
“I knew a lot of people who came here before I graduated from here so; it’s been good getting in contact saying hey lets meet up. It’s honestly a homecoming.”
And it was truly homecomings as pirates remiss on the good times and look forward to the rest of the season.