Even with Hurricane Dorian threatening Eastern North Carolina on Thursday and Friday, ECU’s athletic department never wavered in their willingness to play Saturday’s football game against Gardner-Webb University. While classes were cancelled beginning at noon on Thursday and all day Friday, athletic director Jon Gilbert stood before the media to assure fans the game would be played.
We, the editorial staff of The East Carolinian, appreciate the playing of Saturday’s home football game despite the rough weather experienced earlier in the week, and are pleased with the Pirates’ first win of the 2019 season.
Once the weather cleared out in the afternoon hours on Friday, the conditions were perfect for football on Saturday. Mid-80’s and a slightly overcast sky was the back-drop inside Dowdy-Ficklen stadium as the Pirates began their home schedule against the Bulldogs.
For fans of Pirate football, residents of Greenville and the 34,118 people in attendance on Saturday, the game was a welcomed distraction from weather threats and daily life events. During the three-hour contest in which the home team won 48-9, fans were content to cheer for their team and perhaps partake in an alcoholic beverage for the first time at Dowdy-Ficklen.
While it would have been easy to cancel the game when the university cancelled classes, the athletic department remained steadfast in their determination that Saturday would provide suitable conditions to begin the Pirates’ 2019 home schedule. For the game we are grateful, and for the lack of storm damage, we are even more grateful.