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ECU announces football schedule

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ECU's QB Gardner Minshew throws a pass down field to ECU's WR Zay Jones during ECU vs SMU at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, November 12, 2016.

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ECU Media Relations

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Contests against nine postseason qualifiers and an unprecedented slate of seven home games highlight East Carolina's complete 2017 football schedule released Thursday by the American Athletic Conference.

The Pirates' fourth campaign in the AAC will officially begin when they welcome USF to Bagwell Field inside Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Sept. 30. In addition to ECU's eight league matchups, previously-announced non-conference meetings with James Madison (Sept. 2), at West Virginia (Sept. 9), Virginia Tech (Sept. 16) and BYU (Oct. 21) complete the remainder of the docket.

For the first time in school history, Pirate fans will have an opportunity to watch seven regular season games at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. After playing five home games among its first seven overall contests, ECU will conversely close the year with three road visits in its last five outings.

“While the challenge is obviously significant, the opportunity it creates is something we fully embrace,” second-year East Carolina Head Coach Scottie Montgomery said. “We are thankful and blessed to be in a position to compete in front of Pirate Nation on at least seven occasions, which will play a critically supportive role as it always does. We’ll come out of the gate ready to go.”

East Carolina posted a 3-9 overall mark and stood tied for fourth in the American Athletic Conference's East Division during Montgomery's initial campaign in 2016. The Pirates have qualified for eight bowl appearances in the last 11 years and three in the last five seasons.

Season tickets are on sale now with packages starting as low as $175 each. The priority deadline to order is April 1. Purchases may be made via ECU's Online Ticket Center or by calling the Athletics Ticket Office at (252) 737-4500.

2017 ECU FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Sept. 2 - JAMES MADISON (PC)

Sept. 9 - at West Virginia

Sept. 16 - VIRGINIA TECH (FW/Paint It Gold)

Sept. 30 - *USF (FS)

Oct. 7 - *TEMPLE (HOF/Paint It Black)

Oct. 14 - *at UCF

Oct. 21 - BYU (HC/Paint It Purple)

Oct. 28 - *at Houston

Nov. 4 - *at Connecticut

Nov. 11 - *TULANE (MIL)

Nov. 18 - *CINCINNATI (SD)

Nov. 25 - *at Memphis

Dec. 2 - AAC Championship Game (highest-seed campus site) - ABC/ESPN

Home games in ALL CAPS; *American Athletics Conference game; PC-Pirate Club Day, FW-Family Weekend, FS-Faculty-Staff Appreciation Day, HOF-Hall of Fame-Letterwinners Day, HC-Homecoming, MIL-Military Appreciation Day, SD-Senior Day; Dates are subject to change pending finalization of television scheduling

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