ECU Police prep for football season opener

ECU Police prep for first football game of season

GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY - ECU police are prepping to make sure that Saturday's season-opener against North Carolina Central University goes off without a hitch.

ECU Police spokesman Lt. Chris Sutton says safety is of the utmost importance. 

"Safety is our number one priority and while we want to see the Pirates win, we don't want to be the story after the game we want the Pirate win to be the story," said Lt. Sutton.

This year they will have EMS set up at tailgating locations around campus.

Additionally, there will be law enforcement officers patrolling tailgating areas on the ground and up high in scissor lifts.

"That scissor lift is a way to have eyes above the crowd to help should we see a need where we need to try and disperse or move the crowd," said Lt. Sutton.

Lt. Sutton said as many as 150 officers will be on duty at Saturday's game.

Tailgating starts at 2 p.m. and kick-off is at 8 p.m.

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