Big East Move May Boost Local Economy

Big East Move May Boost Local Economy (Reporter: Amanda Brannon)

GREENVILLE - ECU's announcement to move into the Big East football conference has many people wondering how this change will impact the City of Greenville.

It's something that has been twenty years in the making.

"This is a big deal. It's a really big deal for Greenville," Mayor Allen Thomas said.

The university announced Tuesday the football program is moving into the Big East conference starting in 2014.

So what does that mean for the City of Greenville?

Mayor Thomas believes what happened to Virginia Tech when they moved to the ACC Tournament will happen to ECU as well.

"Virginia Tech. They calculate a $45 million dollar impact in their local economy in Blacksburg. [That's] how much football does for them on a yearly basis. So think about a significant bump up for Greenville in terms of being on a higher state and economic impact," he said.

University Book Exchange is thinking about making t-shirts in honor of the move.

"One of our main products is ECU licensed products. We certainly think this will have a big increase on that. We think a better conference means more business for us.," President, Don Edwards, said.

For now though, ECU will continue it's current partnership with Conference USA. The pirates will remain eligible for post season bowl games.

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