East Carolina University Pirate Club received its largest donation in history Wednesday that will put $2.21 million into the Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium Southside Renovation project set to be completed in the fall of 2018.
The anonymous donor is a lifelong eastern North Carolina resident and ECU alumni who now has an accredited business career. His total donation of $2.21 million will also allot $110,000 for the Bennett-Hudson Endowment Fund, and will be a platform for other donors across the nation to continue contributing more to the $55 million project.
"What excites me most about this gift is the fact that it comes from a Pirate alumnus who has been extremely successful in business,” ECU Director of Athletics Jeff Compher said. “(He) has chosen to honor ECU Athletics with the largest single-gift in our history.”
This donation is the 11th seven-figure donation in the past year, reaching the project’s total to over $27 million. This project will put in a southside tower and increase the stadium’s seating capacity by 1,000 thanks to a new club level in the tower along with Loge Boxes, Standard Suites and Founder's Suites.
Not only will the plan affect Dowdy-Ficklen, but other on-campus structures such as the Ward Sports Medicine building, Scales Field House and the indoor hitting facility next to baseball’s Lewis Field at Clark-LeClair Stadium is also part of the development plan.
“I am very grateful to East Carolina for providing me the knowledge to succeed in life, and in business,” the donor said. “I am proud to be in a position to give back; in life, it's not about what you get, it's what you give. Every gift, large or small, counts."