GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Even with the noon kickoff time, Pirate Nation came out by the thousands to tailgate before the big game against NC State.
From the young, to the old, the tailgates had something to offer everyone.
“It’s just fun,” said 9-year-old Reagan Cowan. “You get to play with your friends and stuff.”
For Cowan, missing a football game or a tailgate is rare. One of her favorite pre-game meals is a lot of junk food.
“Candy corn, doughnuts and sugar cookies,” she said.
For ECU senior Hannah Wheeler, getting up early wasn’t as hard as it usually is thanks to the big game.
“I got up at 6 am. I can’t even get up for 8 am classes, that’s how important tailgating is to us,” Wheeler said.
Among those out in the tailgate lots was Greenville City Councilman McLean Godley, who is a Pirate alumni himself.
“I think it really dignifies what this town is about and I think it also shows what ECU is all about,” Godley said. “We’re a town that’s always had a little bit of a chip on it’s shoulder, and I think our school has too. Games like this can really prove our worth and salt to the state.”
Lots opened Saturday at 8 a.m., and within the first hour, many spots were already taken.