Eastern Carolina Pirates Fan Base is a model for College Football fans


In 1999, Hurricane Floyd stormed eastern North Carolina leaving a path of destruction and misery. Hurricane Floyd has been called the worst natural disaster ever to occur in North Carolina. Lives were lost, families were entrenched, and the town struggled to cope with the devastation that once had occurred in each of the 500 years.

One town in eastern North Carolina was particularly hit by Hurricane Floyd in Greenville, North Carolina. It has a population of 26,000 students at Greenville University of East Carolina and 26,000. The University of Eastern Carolina serves as a driving force for the economy and culture for the region and its people. East Carolina football is also important in the region as it provides economic and emotional impetus to people living in eastern North Carolina.

The university and its football team, however, suffered significant blows immediately after the storm. Hurricane Floyd flooding was so important in Greenville, for example, that the EKU forced nearly two weeks to shut down classes. The injuries also prevented the Pirate Football team from returning home from the previous week's game and hit USC Gamecocks in Columbia, South Carolina.

The Pirates, who were ranked No. 9 in the Miami Hurricanes in Greenville, played next weekend at the Carter Finely Stadium in Raleigh NC (two hours from Greenville) at the North Carolina State Wolfpack.

On September 25, 1999, 46,000 thousand people, most of whom were ECU fans, gathered at Carter Finely Stadium and watched one of the most important football games in eastern Carolina history. Many fans in attendance that night lost their home, personal belongings and income due to the storm rape. Fans who traveled to Raleigh to see the Pirate play traveled to witness more than one football game, also went on a journey to find a bright hope. Once upon a time, ECUs weren't supposed to pick up on teams and now more than ever, loyal ECUs needed Pirate football to create the magic of magic. The magic that they were able to overcome the previous difficulties was only a few hours on the Saturday evening of September, something more positive than the stormy drama of the previous days.

Those who attended Raleigh's game and watched it on television have won the time with a 27-23 record following the Pirates' victory. It was more than just getting to 9th place in Miami. However, Pirate fans also offered promise about the future. The promise to the people of North Carolina of EKU can be great for EKU football and even if it comes out of Hurricane Floyd as a winner. EKU & # 39; s hurricane in Miami the victory (Hollywood couldn't write a script) signed that the wicked population of eastern North Carolina was rebuilding their lives from the terrible destruction of Floyd.

The ECU obtained from Miami & # 39; the awards also put the two-week-long surprise in the region and ended with a North Carolina columnist calling it an "ECU & # 39; s Gipper Game." Actually, he won the East Carolina Gipper Games all his life. The Pirates knew early on that they were capable of competing at the highest level of college football, though they were constantly struggling with financial constraints, and often left without fear in the hearts of teams.


An almost mystical experience ECU fans had with Pirat football after Hurricane Floyd's math and how the history of ECU football played the role of David in Goliath (and winning much of those struggles) is fair to write. ECU is more than football. While this is true in many schools, there seems to be a symbiotic relationship between ECU football and the region, but more and more. A relationship that runs throughout the eastern part of the state, but also a relationship that constantly engages the imagination and loyalty of the student body and alumni.

When students, for example, arrive at the ECU, they quickly become transcendent as a group narrative and ask themselves to be involved in the EKU narrative as part of the story. The strong bond between the team and the community can be seen when attending football games. (Averaging more than 44,000, roughly 50,000 years old, and second in BYU in Group 5) and reports as the largest student club in the country with 10,000 members in East Carolina.


For now, the two biggest obstacles facing Ganges of 5 schools are lack of monetary constraints and enthusiasm for the brand. Groups of 5 schools are constantly asking for more money, and most are asking for much less than they would like.

While Eku is facing the same financial problems as the other 5 schools, it does not share the type of attendance (of course attendance is always improved in most schools) and the problem of the fans is the problem of most of the 5 groups. meeting today.

In addition to the more emotional aspects of Eku's brand loyalty, there are concrete steps that East Carolina has taken over 40 years to put the school at the top of the G Five fan pyramid.

The steps that make a commitment to winning starts with the chancellor of the school and everything that the college believes in and highlights makes it difficult.

However, the football team has given EKU fans a tough story. In return, ECU fans have given loyalty and confidence to the team and the school. In the midst of this important process, Eastern Carolina has created a sports community that many G5 schools will someday imitate. Stay tuned.