GREENVILLE - With the start of the Pirates' 2012 football campaign just a little over a month away, the East Carolina University Athletics Department has eclipsed the 20,000 mark in season ticket sales for the sixth-straight year.
Under head coach Ruffin McNeill, East Carolina set new school records during the 2011 season in total attendance (300,069) and average attendance (50,012) besting the previous marks of 297,987 and 49,665 - both set in 2010.
The success has been a reflection of growing season ticket sales at the box office, following a then-record of 16,258 in 2006 with a 22,000 number in 2007, a 21,160 total in 2008, a 21,293 figure in 2009, and a new standard of 23,436 in 2010, which was eclipsed last fall (24,188).
In addition to topping Conference USA in average attendance for the fourth-straight season, ECU stood first nationally among all Bowl Championship Series non-automatic qualifiers in 2011, which also ranked 40th among all 120 FBS programs.
The Pirates will kick off the 2012 campaign Sept. 1 inside ECU's 50,000-seat facility by renewing an in-state football rivalry with Appalachian State that covers 30 games and spans 80 years. Also scheduled to visit Greenville this fall are C-USA members UTEP (Sept. 29), Memphis (Oct. 13), Houston (Nov. 3) and Marshall (Nov. 24). East Carolina wraps up non-conference play by hosting Navy on Oct. 27. The Pirates will try to even the four-game series after edging the Midshipmen 38-35 in Annapolis a year ago.
Earlier this week East Carolina re-introduced its Summer Savings special, a limited 10-day football season ticket sales promotion, which began Monday, July 23rd, that will provide Pirate fans with their least expensive option to guarantee seats for all six home games in 2012.
Season tickets are still available and may be purchased online at www.ECUPirates.com or by calling the ECU Athletics Ticket Office at (252) 737-4500. More information is available by following ECU Athletic Ticketing and Marketing on Twitter at @ecutix or on Facebook via Peedees Promos.