GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — With August simply across the nook, sports activities followers throughout the nation are starting to brew with pleasure for the faculty soccer season. Pirate soccer followers are amongst these able to be again on the town for house video games inside Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
As of Wednesday, we are actually 50 days away from the return of Pirate soccer. On Sept. 2, head coach Mike Houston and his guys will play Appalachian State inside Financial institution of America Stadium in Charlotte. Then, per week following the season kickoff, the Pirates can be welcome again to Greenville for his or her home-opener.
ECU is slated to play South Carolina on Sept. 11 for its first Saturday showdown inside Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Following the COVID-stricken yr faculty soccer confronted final season, many individuals are prepared for soccer’s return, particularly in Pitt County.
“We’re extraordinarily excited for Pirate soccer this Fall. We’re excited that the stadium can be again, crammed with followers and other people can be coming again into Greenville visiting,” mentioned Paul Sheehan, Director of Sports activities Improvement, Greenville-Pitt County Sports activities Fee.
“The native lodges can be again, hopefully at full capability, the eating places can be again full, and Free-Boot Fridays can be again within the swing on Fridays earlier than house soccer video games within the Uptown District.”
The return of soccer is one thing that metropolis leaders say will positively impression native tourism, together with lodges, eating places and companies.
“We’re working with our lodges right here, ensuring that they’re able to go,” Sheehan mentioned. “They’re extraordinarily excited that their lodges are going to be full on soccer weekends. We’re actually placing our greatest foot ahead in advertising and displaying all people what we now have to supply.”
Sheehan advised 9OYS that with the financial system opening again up, many individuals are actually extra keen to journey, as in comparison with a yr in the past.
“Extra individuals are coming to Greenville and Pitt County,” Sheehan mentioned. “A few of these individuals are returning. They’re coming again yearly for ECU soccer.
“A few of these folks, it will likely be their first time within the space as they’re coming for a visiting crew that has not performed in Greenville earlier than. So, exposing Greenville to the broader group is what’s nice for us.”
The return of Pirate soccer, mixed with different upcoming sporting occasions, contributes to the practically $5 million of financial impression anticipated to generate in Pitt County.
“We’re seeing sports activities tournaments reserving like loopy. Conferences and conventions are reserving like loopy too,” mentioned Sheehan. “We’re simply actually excited to get on the market and to have the ability to present the perfect of what Greenville has. We have now a number of massive occasions along with Pirate soccer coming again this fall.”