Preparations underway for ECU’s first football game

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Thousands of Pirates are getting ready to descend on Greenville for the first football game of the season.

Thursday morning, crews were already prepping Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. ECU Police are working to make sure everyone else is prepared. They’re reminding all Greenville drivers to expect heavy traffic this weekend.

Lieutenant Chris Sutton encourages everyone to download the new Live Safe app in case any problems arise on game day.

“You can go into that app, you can take a picture of whatever problem you’re dealing with or you can text us, you can send it anonymously, and that can be a way that you can stay connected with law enforcement and we can send whatever aid or need that you have for that particular event,” Lt. Sutton said.

ECU leaders are keeping a close eye on the weather. The game goes on rain or shine, as long as there’s no lightning.

Lt. Sutton says they’re ready for the 45,000 fans expected to show up on game day.

“Having the concert that we had a couple weeks ago, even though that was a totally different dynamic than what you get on a football game day, was a good opportunity to prep all of our systems, to test everything, to have officers in the mindset of dealing with large crowds of people,” Lt. Sutton said.

Umbrellas and backpacks are not allowed in the stadium. Drones are also banned from flying over tailgate lots and the stadium.

The Pirates take on Western Carolina at 6 p.m. Saturday in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

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